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American States Water Company (AWR) is a utilities holding company. The Company's principal investment is in Southern California Water Company (SCW). SCW is a California public utility company engaged principally in the purchase, production, distribution and sale of water. SCW also distributes electricity in one customer service area. AWR also owns two other subsidiaries. American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS) performs non-regulated, water-related services and contract operations on a contract basis, ranging from services such as billing and meter reading to full operation of water utility-related systems. Chaparral City Water Company (CCWC) is an Arizona public utility company serving the town of Fountain Hills, Arizona , and a portion of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona.

American Water Works Company, Inc. (subsidiary of RWE) Water, water, everywhere -- and American Water Works wants to own it. The company, which has been acquired by RWE Thames Water (the water unit of German utility giant RWE), is one of the largest water utility holding companies in the US . Through its regulated utilities and its contract services division, American Water serves about 20 million consumers in North America and Latin America . The company also provides wastewater treatment in some of its service areas. Nonregulated subsidiary American Water Services provides contract management services for water and wastewater systems; American Water Resources offers related products and services.

Ameron International Corporation (NYSE: AMN) manufactures engineered products and materials for the chemical, industrial, energy, transportation, and infrastructure markets. It has four groups: Performance Coatings and Finishes (PCF), Fiberglass-Composite Pipe (FCP), Water Transmission, and Infrastructure Products. The PCF group offers coatings and surfacer systems worldwide. Its products are used to preserve structures, such as metallic and concrete facilities and equipment from degradation by corrosion, abrasion, marine fouling, and other forms of chemical and physical attack.

Artesian Resources (NasdaqNM: ARTNA), through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and sale of water to residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, municipal, and utility customers in Delaware. The company’s other subsidiaries, Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. and Artesian Utility Development, Inc., provide waste water services. Artesian Resources also provides water for public and private fire protection to customers in its service territories. The company also provides operation and billing functions for its customers.

Ashland Inc. (ASH) Ashland Water Technologies, a business of Ashland Specialty Chemical, is a supplier of specialty products and consulting services to the manufacturing and institutional markets through its Drew Industrial business group and a leading supplier to the global marine industry through its Drew Marine business group. Drew Industrial provides industrial, commercial and institutional water treatments, wastewater treatment, pathogen control, paint and coating additives, pulp and paper processing and mining chemistries. Drew Marine provides boiler and cooling water treatments, fuel treatments, welding, refrigeration and sealing products; and fire fighting, safety and rescue products and services.

Aqua America (WTR) is the holding company for regulated utilities providing water or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Missouri, New York, South Carolina and Kentucky. Its principal operating subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., formerly Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company, accounts for approximately 60% of its operating revenues, and provides water or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million residents in the suburban areas north and west of the City of Philadelphia and in 19 other counties in Pennsylvania . The Company's other subsidiaries provide similar services in 13 other states. In addition, it provides water and wastewater service through operating and maintenance contracts with municipal authorities and other parties close to its operating companies' service territories.

Aqua Dyne Inc (AQDY.OB) a development stage company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aqua Dyne Australia Pty, Ltd., focuses on the development and commercialization of the Jet Water System. It is primarily in the water business, engaged in water purification and liquid waste remediation. The Jet Water System removes impurities from water and can be used in a variety of applications, such as humanitarian, industrial, agricultural, water demineralization, and seawater desalination. The company has completed its prototype units, and is in the process of marketing and selling a commercial product.

AquaCell (AQA) manufactures products for water filtration and purification through its two operating subsidiaries, Global Water-Aquacell, Inc. and Water Science Technologies, Inc. Its products address various water treatment applications for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential applications. These applications range from providing purified drinking water -- through its point-of-use patented self-filling Purific(R) Water Cooler and production of water bottling plant equipment -- to processing water for ultra-pure purposes, such as micro-chip and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

BIW Ltd. (BIW) BIW Limited, through its subsidiary, Birmingham Utilities, Inc., operates as a regulated public water service company in Connecticut. The company engages in the collection and distribution of water for domestic, commercial, and industrial uses, as well as for fire protection in Ansonia and Derby, Connecticut; and in small parts of Seymour. It also provides water service for domestic and commercial use in 30 satellite water operations in 16 towns in eastern Connecticut. In addition, the company offers a consumer protection program for residential service lines and provides water related services to other water utilities, municipalities, contractors, and individuals in Connecticut. BIW Limited is based in Ansonia, Connecticut.

Badger Meter, Inc. (BMI) is a marketer and manufacturer of products using flow measurement and control technologies developed both internally and with other technology companies. The Company's products are used to measure and control the flow of liquids in a variety of applications. Its product lines fall into two general categories: utility and industrial. Two product lines, residential and commercial water meters (with various meter reading technology systems) are generally sold to water utilities. Industrial sales consist of the remainder of the sales and include automotive fluid meters and systems, small precision valves, electromagnetic meters, impeller flow meters and industrial process meters (all with related accessories and instrumentation). Residential and commercial water meters and related systems provide the majority of the Company's sales.

Cadiz, Inc. (OTCBB: CDZI.OB) is engaged in land acquisition, water development activities and a search for international water.

Calgon Carbon Corp (CCC) Calgon Carbon Corporation provides services, products and solutions for purifying water and air. The Company has four operating segments: Activated Carbon, Service, Engineered Solutions and Consumer. The Activated Carbon segment manufactures granular activated carbon for use in applications to remove organic compounds from water, air and other liquids and gases. The Service segment consists of reactivation of spent carbon and the leasing, monitoring and maintenance of mobile carbon adsorption equipment. The Engineered Solutions segment provides solutions to customers' air and water purification problems through the design, fabrication and operation of systems that utilize a combination of the Company's enabling technologies: carbon adsorption, ultraviolet light and advanced ion exchange separation. The Consumer segment primarily consists of the manufacture and sale of carbon cloth, lump charcoal and briquettes and new consumer products.

California Water Service (CWT) is engaged in the supply and distribution of water and the providing of water-related utility services. The Company conducts its operations through five subsidiaries: California Water Service Company (Cal Water), CWS Utility Services, New Mexico Water Service Company (New Mexico Water), Washington Water Service Company (Washington Water) and Hawaii Water Service Company, Inc. (Hawaii Water). Cal Water, New Mexico Water, Washington Water and Hawaii Water are regulated public utilities. California Water Service Group's business consists of the production, purchase, storage, purification, testing, distribution and sale of water for domestic, industrial, public and irrigation uses, and for fire protection. As of December 31, 2003 , it served approximately 446,400 customers in its principal markets in California , New Mexico , Hawaii , and Washington.

Clarcor Inc (NYSE: CLC) engages in the manufacture and marketing of mobile, industrial, and environmental filtration products, as well as consumer and industrial packaging products in the United States and internationally. Its engine/mobile filtration products include filters for oil, air, fuel, coolants, and hydraulic fluids for trucks, automobiles, construction, mining and industrial equipment, locomotives, marine, and agricultural equipment.

Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) engages in the manufacture and marketing of cleaning products in the United States. It offers laundry products, which include liquid bleaches, laundry stain removers, and dry and liquid color-safe bleaches; and water filtration systems and filters.

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (SBS) operates public water and sewage systems in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company’s water operations include distribution of water through its own networks of water pipes and mains.

Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS) is a holding company whose income is derived from its 11 wholly owned subsidiaries. Connecticut owns five regulated water companies: The Connecticut Water Company, The Gallup Water Service, Incorporated, The Crystal Water Company of Danielson, The Barnstable Water Company and The Unionville Water Company. The Company owns six unregulated companies: Chester Realty, Inc., New England Water Utility Services, Inc., Connecticut Water Emergency Services, Inc., Crystal Water Utilities Corporation, Barnstable Holding Company and BARLACO. The Company has three business segments: water activities, real estate transactions and services and rentals. Water activities consist of regulated water activities to supply public drinking water to its customers. Real estate transactions involve the sale or donation for income tax benefits of limited excess real estate holdings. The services and rentals segment provides contracted services to water and wastewater utilities.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (CWCO) Consolidated Water Co., Ltd. (CWC) engages in processing and distributing water in the Cayman Islands, Belize, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The company uses reverse osmosis technology to produce freshwater from seawater and distributes this water to public utilities, government facilities, and commercial, tourist, and residential properties. CWC also provides sewerage services in Grand Cayman.

Danaher Corp (DHR) is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of industrial and consumer products. It conducts its operations through two business segments, Process/Environmental Controls and Tools and Components. Representative products offered by the Process/Environmental Controls segment are electronic test tools; product identification equipment and consumables; water quality instrumentation and consumables; retail petroleum automation products; underground storage tank leak detection systems, and motion, position, speed, temperature and level instruments and sensing devices. The Tools and Components segment is a producer and distributor of general purpose and specialty mechanics' hand tools in the United States . Other products manufactured by the businesses in this segment include toolboxes and storage devices, diesel engine retarders, wheel service equipment, drill chucks and custom-designed headed tools and components.

Dionex Corporation (NasdaqNM: DNEX) engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of analytical instrumentation; and related accessories and chemicals. It offers liquid chromatography systems, automated solvent extraction systems for sample preparation, and related products that are used by chemists to separate and quantify the individual components of chemical mixtures in industrial, research, and laboratory markets. The company also develops and manufactures columns, detectors, and data collection and analysis systems for use in or with liquid chromatographs.

Encore Clean Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: ECLN) Encore Clean Energy intends to leverage ownership of its revolutionary low-cost, high-efficiency clean energy technologies to form valuable partnerships with local industrial leaders best positioned to market, sell and profit from the social, economic, environmental and political benefits of its low-cost, high-value, in-demand clean energy-generating products. Encore Clean Energy is currently focusing its corporate efforts on product development of potential breakthrough clean and renewable energy technologies such as Encore’s RiverBanktm hydro-turbine, harnessing the tidal power of flowing water. Through Encore’s majority ownership interest in the World, Wind and Water LLC, an all new submersible Encore RiverBank hydro turbine is currently being designed for testing.

Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (Euro Tech) (CLWT) is a distributor of a range of advanced water treatment equipment (including chlorination equipment), laboratory instruments, analyzers, test kits and related supplies and power generation equipment (including recorders and power quality analyzers). The Company acts as an exclusive and non-exclusive distributor for manufacturers of such equipment, primarily to commercial customers and governmental agencies or instrumentalities in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. During the year ended December 31, 2003, Euro Tech distributed products to over 1,000 customers. Its products are manufactured by American, European and Japanese corporations, including Eurotherm, Hioki and Hach. Email: euro-tech@euro-tech.com

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) St. Louis-based Emerson is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion.

Flexible Solutions International, Inc. (AMEX: FSI, FRANKFURT: FXT) For over fifty years, scientists have known that a monolayer (one molecule thick) spread across the surface of a liquid can dramatically reduce evaporation and energy loss. Many companies attempted to develop a technology, but until FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL INC. (Flexible Solutions or the Company), no other company had been able to make a monolayer spread reliably and inexpensively. Flexible Solutions is engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling innovative, proprietary environmental technologies that simultaneously reduce water evaporation and energy consumption. This technology can be applied to swimming pools, open fresh water surfaces of all kinds and agricultural land.

Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) Flowserve Corporation engages in the development and manufacture of precision-engineered flow control equipment, which includes pumps, valves, and mechanical seals. Its Flowserve Pump Division engages in the design, manufacture, distribution, and service of engineered and industrial pumps and pump systems, replacement parts, and related equipment.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) Fluor Corporation provides engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance services in the United States. It operates in five segments: Oil and Gas, Industrial and Infrastructure, Government, Global Services, and Power.

Franklin Electric Co. (NasdaqNM: FELE) , Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the design, manufacture, and distribution of groundwater and fuel pumping systems, electronic controls, and related parts and equipment. Its motors and pumps are used principally in submersible applications for pumping fresh water, fuel, wastewater, and other liquids in various applications, including residential, industrial, agriculture, fueling, off-shore drilling, and mining.

GE Osmonics (GEWT) Water & Process Technologies, a unit of GE Infrastructure, is a leading global supplier of water, wastewater and process systems solutions. Water & Process Technologies delivers customer value by improving performance and product quality and by reducing operating costs and extending equipment life in a broad range of products and services. These products and services are used to optimize total water/process system performance, safeguard customer assets from corrosion, fouling and scaling, and protect the environment through water and energy conservation.

General Electric Co. (GE) General Electric Company engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of various products for the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and utilization of electricity. Its products include various appliances, such as lighting products; industrial automation products; medical diagnostic imaging systems; bioscience assays and separation technology products; electrical distribution and control equipment; locomotives; power generation and delivery products; nuclear power support services and fuel assemblies; commercial and military aircraft jet engines; chemicals and equipment for treatment of water and process systems; security equipment and systems; and engineered materials, such as plastics and silicones.

Glacier Water Service (AMEX: HOO) Glacier Water Services, Inc. primarily operates self-service vending machines that dispense drinking water to consumers. Its water vending machines are placed at supermarkets and other retail locations under commission arrangements with the retailers.

H2O Innovation (TSX: HOI) has the mission of developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative, environment-friendly, products intended for drinking water production, wastewater treatment and industrial processes.

Hendrx Corp. (OTCBB: HDRX) Hendrx is the largest manufacturer of commercial and residential products that extract drinking water from the air through a process known as Atmospheric Water Generation ("AWG"). As a recognized leader in the development & manufacturing and distribution of Atmospheric Water Generators, Hendrx plans to be synonymous with water purification systems by offering products that will provide solutions for the residential market all the way to solutions for the industrial, commercial, and humanitarian markets.

Hughes Supply, Inc. (NYSE: HUG) distributes construction, repair, and maintenance-related products principally in the southeastern and southwestern United States. The company operates in six segments: Water and Sewer; Plumbing/Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO); Utilities; Electrical; and Industrial Pipe, Valves, and Fittings (PVF). Water and Sewer segment provides piping, fire hydrants, storm drains, backflow prevention devices, water meters, irrigation products, concrete sewer products, and concrete electrical and telephone vaults. It also offers leak detection, water system audits, hot tapping, manhole rehabilitation, line stopping, control valve testing and repair, and engineered plant products and services.
 
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HydroFlo, Inc. (OTCBB: HYRF) is a Business Development Company whose core focus is to seek out synergistic acquisitions that will provide capital appreciation and income from its portfolio companies. Its first portfolio investment company, HydroFlo Water Treatment (http://www.hydroflo-inc.com) is in the business of providing aeration equipment used for the pre-treatment of wastewater. Using the patented Pressure Line Up-Stream or PLUS pre-treatment system, HydroFlo Water Treatment provides customers a treatment process at their pumping stations, prior to the wastewater reaching a treatment plant.

ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ITT) supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: fluid and water management including water treatment; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products.

IDEX Corp. (IEX) IDEX Corporation is the world leader in fluid-handling technologies for positive displacement pumps, dispensing equipment for color formulation, and other highly engineered products including fire suppression equipment, rescue tools, and engineered band clamping systems. Its products are sold in niche markets to a wide range of industries throughout the world.

IDEXX Laboratories Inc. (IDXX) IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-based products and services for veterinary, food and water applications. The Company's largest business is focused on companion animal health, combining biotechnology, medical device technology and information technology to aid veterinarians in providing better medicine while building successful practices. IDEXX Laboratories' food and water businesses are focused on employing innovative technologies to monitor production animal health and the safety and quality of drinking water and milk. Headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 3,000 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.

Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd. (OTCBB: IEVM) EcaFlo(TM) Division of Integrated Environmental Technologies, Ltd.'s wholly owned operating subsidiary I.E.T., Inc.: IET is licensed in the United States by Electro-Chemical Technologies Ltd. This division designs, markets, sells and assembles equipment under the EcaFlo(TM) Name Brand. This specially designed and built equipment produces reliable, environmentally friendly solutions, through the electro-chemical activation process (ECA) that effectively controls bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms without harming the environment.

Integrated Water Resources, Inc. (IWRI.PK) IWR is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, and specializes in the application of integrated advanced technologies for groundwater exploration, treatment, management and protection, and in the acquisition, development, marketing and management of water resource assets and pursues opportunities to acquire, consolidate, and own water assets in the western United States. By concentrating on unregulated, wholesale water supplies, IWR seeks to become a market leader in a fragmented portion of the water industry.

Itron Inc. (ITRI) Itron, Inc. provides hardware, software, and services to integrate the creation, measurement, collection, management, application, and forecasting of data for electric, gas, and water utilities worldwide. It operates in three segments: Electricity Metering, Meter Data Collection, and Software Solutions. The Electricity Metering segment provides residential electronic and electromechanical electricity meters, commercial and industrial electronic electricity meters, AMR-enabled meters, international meters for use outside the United States and Canada, and generation, transmission and distribution meters, as well as provides related installation and implementation services. The Meter Data Collection segment offers residential and commercial AMR standalone and original equipment manufacturer modules, contract manufacturing and royalties for its AMR technology in other vendors’ electricity meters, mobile and network AMR data collection technologies, handheld computers for meter data collection or mobile workforce applications, and related installation and implementation services. The Software Solutions segment provides software applications for distribution system design and optimization, energy and water management, asset optimization, and commercial, industrial, and residential meter data collection and management, as well as provides mobile workforce solutions, and forecasting and related implementation consulting services. The company sells and provides technical support through distributors, representative agencies, and meter manufacturer representatives; and also distributes through original equipment manufacturer arrangements with major meter manufacturers. Itron was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Spokane, Washington.

Layne Christensen Co (NasdaqNM: LAYN) Layne Christensen Company provides various services and products to the water resources, mineral exploration, geoconstruction, and energy markets. It operates in four divisions: Water Resources, Mineral Exploration, Geoconstruction, and Energy.

Lindsay Manufacturing Co. (NYSE: LNN) Lindsay Manufacturing Co. engages in the design and manufacture of self-propelled center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems in the United States and internationally. These products are used in agricultural industry to enhance or stabilize crop production while conserving water, energy, and labor.

Insituform Technology Inc. (NasdaqNM: INSU) together with its subsidiaries, provides proprietary trenchless technologies to rehabilitate, replace, maintain, and install underground pipes. The company's primary technology is the Insituform process, a proprietary cured-in-place pipeline rehabilitation process. The company also engages in tunneling used in the installation of new underground services.

Met-Pro Corporation (NYSE: MPR) engages in the manufacture and sale of product recovery and pollution control equipment for purification of air and liquids, and fluid handling equipment for corrosive, abrasive, and high temperature liquids.

Middlesex Water Company (MSEX) operates as a water utility in New Jersey and in Delaware through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tidewater Utilities, Inc. The Company is in the business of collecting, treating and distributing and selling water for domestic, commercial, municipal, industrial and fire protection purposes. The Company also operates a New Jersey municipal water and sewer system under contract. In addition, the Company provides wastewater services in New Jersey . The Company's Middlesex System provides water services to retail customers primarily in eastern Middlesex County , New Jersey , and also provides water under contract, on a wholesale basis. The Middlesex System, through its retail and contract sales operations, produced approximately 73% of the Company's total revenue in 2002.

Millipore Corp (MIL) is a multinational bioscience company that provides technologies, tools and services to customers in the worldwide biotechnology, life science research and other bioscience markets, particularly in the Americas , Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company has three principal operating segments: BioPharmaceutical, Laboratory Water and Life Sciences. Its products and services are used primarily in the purification, separation and analysis of fluids for the discovery, development and production of therapeutic drugs as well as other purposes. Millipore's products are based on a variety of enabling technologies, including its membrane filtration and chromatography technologies.

Nalco Holding Co. (NLC) Nalco is the leading provider of integrated water treatment and process improvement services, chemicals and equipment programs for industrial and institutional applications. The company currently serves more than 60,000 customer locations representing a broad range of end markets. It has established a global presence with over 10,000 employees operating in 130 countries, supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers.

Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) manufactures welded steel pipe in two business segments. In its Water Transmission Group, the company is a leading supplier of large diameter, high pressure steel pipe products used primarily for water transmission in the United States and Canada. Its Tubular Products Group manufactures 0.50" to 16" diameter, electric resistance welded steel pipe for use in a wide range of construction, agricultural, energy, industrial and mechanical applications.

Ocean Power Corp (PWREQ.PK) is a development stage company that is planning to be engaged in the business of developing and marketing water desalination and renewable power generation systems that will be modular and mass produced. The Company also plans to pursue regional joint ventures in water and power challenged markets to build, own, operate and transfer modular seawater desalination and power plants. Ocean Power has had limited activities since inception, and no significant revenues have been realized and planned principal operations have not yet commenced. The Company was formed primarily as the result of the merger of PTC Holdings, Inc. into PTC Group, Inc. in June 1999.

PICO Holdings, Inc. (PICO) is a diversified holding company. The Company's major businesses are: Vidler Water Company, Inc., which develops and owns water rights and water storage operations; Nevada Land & Resource Company, LLC, which owns land and the related mineral rights and water rights; Citation Insurance Company, which is running off its historical property and casualty loss reserves; Physicians Insurance Company of Ohio, which is running off its medical professional liability loss reserves, and Sequoia Insurance Company (Sequoia), which writes property and casualty insurance in California and Nevada. Sequoia's core business is property and casualty insurance in California and Nevada , focusing on the niche markets of commercial insurance for small to medium-sized businesses and farm insurance. Sequoia also writes selected lines of personal insurance in California . In March 2003, the Company sold Sequoia.

Pall Corp (PLL) is a supplier of fine filters, principally made by the Company using its proprietary filter media, and other fluid clarification and separations equipment for the removal of solid, liquid and gaseous contaminants from a variety of liquids and gases. Metal and plastic housings for its filters and a variety of appurtenant devices are also offered. Pall's products are used to discover, develop and produce pharmaceuticals; produce safe drinking water; protect hospital patients; remove white blood cells from blood; enhance the quality and efficiency of manufacturing processes; keep equipment running efficiently, and protect the environment. The Company serves customers in two principal markets: life sciences and industrial. The two principal markets are further divided into five segments: Medical and BioPharmaceuticals (life sciences) and General Industrial, Aerospace and Microelectronics (industrial).

Pennichuck Corp (PNNW) is a holding company whose principal operating subsidiaries are engaged primarily in the collection, storage, treatment, distribution and sale of potable water throughout southern and central New Hampshire . These subsidiary corporations, Pennichuck Water Works, Inc., Pennichuck East Utility, Inc. and Pittsfield Aqueduct Company, Inc., are each engaged in business as a regulated public utility. They collectively serve approximately 28,800 residential and commercial and industrial customers. The Southwood Corporation is involved in the development of commercial and residential real estate. The Company also conducts non-regulated, water-related management services and contract operations through another subsidiary, Pennichuck Water Service Corporation.

Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) is a diversified operating company headquartered in Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Enclosures Group is a leader in the global enclosures market, designing and manufacturing standard, modified and custom enclosures that house and protect sensitive electronics and electrical components.

Pure Cycle Corp (OTCBB: PCYO) is engaged in providing water and wastewater services to customers located in Denver , Colorado , where its principal assets are located. It operates water and wastewater systems, which include designing, constructing, operating and maintaining systems to service customers in the Denver metropolitan area. In 1996, the Company entered into a long-term agreement to provide water and wastewater services to 24,000 acres of primarily undeveloped land in the greater Denver metropolitan area owned by the State of Colorado known as the Lowry Range . The Company owns additional water assets in western Colorado known as the Paradise Water Supply, which it seeks to develop and market either to the greater Denver metropolitan area or in markets in the downstream states of Nevada , Arizona and southern California . In addition, Pure Cycle owns patented water recycling technologies, which are capable of processing wastewater into pure potable drinking water.

Pure H20 Bio-Technologies, Inc. (PHBT.PK) (Pure H2O) is a publicly held company specializing in the manufacturing, design and sale of its unique residential, commercial and hospital point-of-use potable water disinfection systems. These systems are specifically designed to work effectively against water-borne pathogens and remove heavy metals and objectionable biomass.

Robbins & Myers, Inc. (NYSE: RBN) Robbins & Myers, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of equipment and systems for the pharmaceutical, energy, and industrial markets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Pharmaceutical, Energy, and Industrial.

Roper Industries Inc. (ROP) Roper Industries is a market-driven diversified growth company with 2005 revenues of $1.5 billion. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including water, energy, radio frequency and research/medical applications.
 
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SJW Corp (SJW) is a holding company with three subsidiaries: San Jose Water Co., SJW Land Co. and Crystal Choice Water Service. The principal business of San Jose Water Co. consists of the production, purchase, storage, purification, distribution and retail sale of water in portions of the cities of Cupertino and San Jose, and in the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and the town of Los Gatos, as well as adjacent unincorporated territory, all located in the County of Santa Clara, California. SJW Land Co. owns and operates parking facilities in San Jose , California . SJW Land Co. also owns commercial buildings and other undeveloped land in the San Jose Metropolitan area. Crystal Choice Water Service LLC engages in the sale and rental of water conditioning and purification equipment in the metropolitan San Jose area. SJW Corp. also owns an interest in California Water Service Group.

Saneamento Basico (SBS) Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo engages in planning, executing, and operating basic sanitation services throughout the territory of the state of Sao Paulo, including the capture, collection, processing, and distribution of water, as well as the collection, removal, processing, and final disposal of sewage and sludge. It provides water and sewage services to various residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in 368 municipalities in the state of Sao Paulo, including the City of Sao Paulo. The company also supplies water on a wholesale basis to six municipalities in the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Region. As of June 30, 2005, it distributed water to approximately 22.3 million people through approximately 58,100 kilometers of water pipes and mains. As of the above date, Companhia de Saneamento also provided sewage services to approximately 18.2 million people through 36,400 kilometers of sewer lines. The company was formed in 1954 and is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

SEYCHELLE Environmental Technologies, Inc. SEYCHELLE Water Filtration Products, a DBA of SEYCHELLE Environmental Technologies, Inc. (SYEV: OTCPK), a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of proprietary/superior water purification and filtration products.

Southwest Water Company (SWWC) provides water production and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, public works services, customer billing and service, and utility submetering. The Company provides service for more than two million people in 31 states from coast to coast. Its business is operated by its subsidiaries and is segmented into two operating groups: its Utility Group, which owns and operates regulated water and wastewater utilities, and its Services Group, which manages its non-regulated businesses. Southwest's Services Group consists of its contract service businesses through which it operates and maintains water supply and wastewater treatment facilities owned by cities, public agencies, municipal utility districts and private entities primarily in Texas , New Mexico , California , Colorado , Mississippi and Georgia .

Strategic Diagnostics Inc. (SDIX) develops, manufactures and markets immunoassay and bioluminescence-based test kits for detection of a variety of substances in the food safety and water quality markets. It also provides antibody and immunoreagent research, development and production services to medical diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies, as well as research institutions. The Company sells products in the food safety, water quality and antibody market categories through its direct sales force; a network of over 50 distributors in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia, and its corporate partners.

Suez (NYSE: SZE) engages in the development, design, implementation, and operation of energy and environment systems and networks in Europe, the Americas, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Energy and Environment.

Tetra Tech (NasdaqNM: TTEK) Tetra Tech, Inc. provides consulting, engineering, and technical services. It operates in three segments: Resource Management, Infrastructure, and Communications. The company’s Resource Management segment provides engineering and consulting services relating primarily to water quality and availability, environmental restoration, productive reuse of defense facilities, and strategic environmental resource planning to both public and private organizations.

ThermoEnergy Corporation (OTCBB: TMEN) integrated technologies company engaged in the worldwide commercialization of technically advanced clean water and clean air process systems.

Themo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO) Thermo Electron Corporation provides analytical instruments worldwide. It operates through Life and Laboratory Sciences, and Measurement and Control segments. The Life and Laboratory Sciences segment offers bioscience technologies, scientific instruments, informatics and services, and clinical diagnostics, as well as products and integrated solutions for various scientific challenges.


United Utilities plc (UU) provides wastewater and water services in northwest England. The company operates in four segments: Licensed Multi Utility Operations, Infrastructure Management, Business Process Outsourcing, and Telecommunications. Licensed Multi Utility Operations segment offers, owns, and operates the regulated electricity, water, and wastewater infrastructure in northwest England. It also manages sales and service relationship with its regulated domestic and business water and wastewater customers.

URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) provides engineering design services worldwide. It offers professional planning and design, system engineering and technical assistance, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance services for transportation, hazardous waste management, industrial process and petrochemical refinement, general building, and water/wastewater treatment projects.

Underground Solutions, Inc. (UGSI.PK) is a technology company providing solutions and services for our nation's water and wastewater infrastructure requirements.

Valmont Industries Inc (NYES: VMI) Valmont Industries, Inc. engages in the production of fabricated metal products; metal and concrete pole, and tower structures; mechanized irrigation systems; and provision of metal coating services. It operates in five segments: Engineered Support Structures (ESS), Utility Support Structures (USS), Coatings, Irrigation, and Tubing.

Vemont Pure Holding, Ltd. (AMEX: VPS) Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. engages in the production, marketing, and distribution of bottled water, as well as in the distribution of coffee, ancillary products, and other office refreshment products. The company bottles, markets, and distributes natural spring water under Vermont Pure and Hidden Spring brands; and distilled water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock brand to the retail consumer and home/office markets.

Veolia Environnement SA (VE) offers environmental management services worldwide. It offers municipal water and wastewater treatment services. The company offers waste management services and logistics for industrial clients, sorting and recycling of materials, waste treatment through incineration, composting and storage, and final recovery of waste in the form of energy or organic materials. It also provides energy and environmental solutions, including services relating to heating and cooling networks, thermal and multitechnical systems, industrial utilities, installation and maintenance of production equipment, and integrated facilities management.

Vital Living Products, Inc. (VLPI.PK), dba American Water Service, located in Matthews, North Carolina, manufactures and distributes instant results testing kits called PurTest®, winner of the 2000 Consumer Product Award. In addition, VLPI provides drinking water systems and water treatment equipment for residential, commercial, and industrial use.

3M Co. (MMM) 3M Company operates as a diversified technology company. It operates in six segments: Consumer and Office; Display and Graphics; Electronics and Telecommunications; Safety, Security, and Protection Services; Health Care; Industrial and Transportation. Consumer and Office segment offers office supply and stationery products, construction and home improvement products, protective material products, and visual systems products to education, home improvement and maintenance, and food service markets. Display and Graphics segment provides optical film and lens solutions for electronic displays; touch screens and touch monitors; reflective sheeting; and commercial graphics systems serving electronic display, touch screen, traffic safety, and commercial graphics markets. Electro and Communications segment offers electronic and interconnect solutions, micro interconnect systems, telecommunications products, and electrical products serving electrical, electronics, and communications industries. Safety, Security, and Protection segment offers personal protection products, safety and security products, energy control products, cleaning and protection products, and roofing granules for asphalt shingles. Health Care segment offers medical and surgical supplies, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, dental and orthodontic products, health information systems, and microbiology products. Industrial and Transportation segment offers tapes, coated and nonwoven abrasives, adhesives, and supply chain execution software solutions to electronics, paper, packaging, and food and beverage markets, as well as components and products used in the manufacture, repair, and maintenance of automotive, marine, aircraft, and other vehicles. The company sells its products directly, as well as through wholesalers, retailers, jobbers, distributors, and dealers worldwide. 3M, formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Wataire Industries Inc. (OTC.PK: WTAF) is a company that focuses on, developing and delivering technology-based water generation and purification products. The Company is committed to creating cost-effective dedicated clean water solutions.

Water Pik Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PIK) engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of personal health care products, swimming pool products, and water heating systems. It operates in two segments, Personal Health Care and Pool Products and Heating Systems.

Watertowne International, Inc. ( TSX.V- WI ) is an innovative and progressive company focused on the rapidly growing bottled water home delivery market. The Company has developed strength and ability in product distribution by capitalizing on technology, database marketing and franchising. Consumer reach and brand value has expanded to include the trusted name of Sears via marketing quality bottled water under the 'Sears Premium Water' label.

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (WTS) manufactures products to control the efficiency, safety, and quality of water within residential, commercial, and institutional applications. Its expertise in a wide variety of water technologies enables it to be a comprehensive supplier to the water industry.

Western Water Co (WWTR.OB) identifies, manages, acquires, develops, sells and leases water and water rights in the western United States . The Company, directly and indirectly, owns certain water rights, as well as real estate, in California and Colorado . Western Water's principal activity is the development of water rights and the sale or lease of its water. It is also engaged in assisting unaffiliated owners of water rights in protecting, developing and obtaining revenue from their water rights. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003 , the Company completed the annexation of certain of it farm properties into the Wheatland Water District. It has also participated in negotiations for the extension of a canal to provide surface water deliveries for the purpose of developing a conjunctive use (river water/groundwater) project in cooperation with the Yuba County Water Agency and the Wheatland Water District.

WorldWater Corp. (OTCBB: WWAT) is an international solar engineering and water management company with unique, high-powered solar technology providing solutions to water supply and energy problems. The Company has recently developed patented AquaMax™ solar pumping systems capable of operating pumps up to 600 hp, making it the first solar company in the world with the power to deliver mainstream electric pumping capacity.

York Water Co (YORW) The York Water Company impounds, purifies and distributes water. The Company operates entirely within its franchised territory located in York County , Pennsylvania . The Company has two impounding dams located in York and Springfield Townships adjoining the Borough of Jacobus to the south. It has two reservoirs, Lake Williams and Lake Redman , which together hold up to 2.75 billion gallons of water. The Company's average daily consumption is 17,901,000 gallons, and its safe daily yield is 23,000,000 gallons. Operating revenue is derived from residential, 59%; commercial and industrial, 33%, and other sources, 8%, respectively.

ZENON (TSX: ZNEVF) is a world leader in providing advanced membrane products and services for water purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse to municipalities and industries worldwide. The 2003 recipient of the prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award, ZENON was selected because of the company's innovative approaches to the development of water and wastewater process technologies along with its contributions to environmental improvement.
 
* 3d interessante approfitto per upparlo.

(fonte : http://www.saperinvestire.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1211&Itemid=125 )

Acqua: le prospettive di un nuovo business nelle città

di Fabrizia Maggi

Un settore ancora poco conosciuto ma che prevede una forte crescita riguarda gli investimenti nel settore idrico, specialmente quello urbano che si trova in forte espansione. Il mercato internazionale che ricopre questo business, infatti, include una varietà di settori imprenditoriali ed economici: dalla distribuzione e l’elaborazione, alla sanitarizzazione e sicurezza dell’acqua che viene utilizzata in ogni casa

In quanto ambito fortemente dipendente dallo sviluppo tecnologico, le prospettive di futuro per le aziende operanti nel settore e gli investitori sembrano essere molto redditizie, soprattutto grazie alla crescita della domanda, l’inesistenza di prodotti alternativi sul mercato e la natura pubblica degli enti di gestione della risorsa idrica.

I fattori di crescita

Il principale fattore che ha contribuito alla crescita del business legato all’acqua è l’aumento della popolazione urbana nelle principali città del mondo. Secondo i dati del 2005 della World Bank, se nel 1990 2 miliardi 263 milioni di persone (circa il 44% sulla popolazione mondiale) viveva nelle città, nel 2003 è aumentata fino al 49% con poco più di 3 miliardi ed una crescita annua del 2,2%.

Secondo alcune analisi previsionali, questi dati tenderanno ad aumentare in modo ancora più esponenziale specialmente grazie a due fattori collegati tra essi: l’aumento della popolazione e la crescita industriale.

L’aumento della popolazione mondiale ha portato ad un flusso migratorio verso le maggiori città alla ricerca di opportunità di lavoro e di maggiore ricchezza. D’altro canto, l’industrializzazione in espansione ha colmato questa necessità e ha portato alla diffusione del benessere a della prosperità economica che hanno comportato un incremento esponenziale della domanda di acqua nei paesi sviluppati, mentre il settore resta ancora fortemente sottosviluppato nei paesi in via di sviluppo.

Nonostante non ci siano cifre certe, secondo alcune fonti non ufficiali, il volume d’affari mondiale legato all’acqua raggiungerà i 37 miliardi di dollari nel 2010 con un aumento del 4,8% all’anno se si considera che secondo la FAO e la WHO, ogni individuo necessita 50 litri di acqua potabile al giorno. Questa cifra rifletterebbe, però, un’espansione ed una crescita che riguarda principalmente i paesi industrializzati.

Tuttavia, per quanto riguarda i paesi in via di sviluppo, i dati delle Nazioni Unite mostrano una crescente domanda di infrastrutture idriche di base, pur mancando le risorse finanziarie necessarie. Se ne deduce, quindi, che la richiesta globale relativa al settore idrico potenzialmente potrebbe generare un aumento superiore alla cifra stimata in precedenza.

La nuova dimensione speculativa che ha portato la globalizzazione alla privatizzazione di settori prima esclusivamente legati al pubblico, ha inaugurato la nascita di un volume di affari che merita una sempre maggiore attenzione da parte degli investitori.

Infatti, l’internazionalizzazione dell’economia ha sottoposto alle leggi del mercato i cosiddetti beni comuni trasformandoli in beni di consumo. Alcune stime affermano che il rendimento di questo settore, esclusivamente per quanto concerne la distribuzione, raggiungerebbe il 40% degli affari che riguardano il settore petrolifero. Proprio per questa ragione alcuni studiosi considerano il settore idrico come l’“oro blu” del XXI secolo.

Il settore idrico urbano

Il settore idrico urbano legato alla distribuzione di acqua si distingue in diversi rami che si occupano principalmente della fornitura, della distribuzione e dei controlli. Dato che si tratta di un ambito fortemente statalizzato, nella maggior parte dei Paesi del mondo (ad esclusione della Gran Bretagna, Francia e Repubblica Ceca) il settore si trova in mano ai governi, locali o centrali, di ogni singolo Stato. La crescente pressione esercitata sulle finanze pubbliche e la richiesta di elevati investimenti nel settore dell’acqua ha portato, però, il settore pubblico ad entrare in partnership con le imprese private per quanto riguada la gestione di questa risorsa, aprendo alle compagnie nazionali ed internazionali grandi opportunità di investimento.

L’ambito nel quale si ritrovano le maggiori aspettative ed opportunità di crescita riguarda la gestione, il mantenimento ed il rinnovamento della rete distributiva nazionale. Essa si distingue in due aree diverse che si riuniscono sotto lo stesso ramo: l’acqua potabile e l’acqua da scarico. I sistemi di distribuzione dell’acqua urbana, infatti, comprendono migliaia di strutture per il trattamento e la raccolta dell’acqua, così come milioni di chilometri di tubature e conduzioni idriche che passano sotto terra per arrivare fino ad ogni casa.

Il principale problema della rete distributiva riguarda la riparazione, la sostituzione ed il miglioramento delle attrezzature che vengono usate per la fornitura di questa risorsa. Infatti, le tubature e le conduzioni idriche sono soggette a due principali minacce che obbligano una costante manodopera di riparazione e mantenimento.

Innanzi tutto, il passare del tempo ha portato alla inefficienza e all’arretratezza delle reti subterranee, per cui la loro performance risulta molto inferiore alle necessità e alle aspettative dei clienti che si vedono obbligati a pagare un alto prezzo per un prodotto mediocre. Dall’altro, gli effetti della corrosione, del deterioramento e del logoramento di queste strutture hanno portato alla necessità di riprazioni e sostituzioni che non risultano né economici né facili da realizzare. In effetti, accanto all’aumento del traffico automobilistico sulle strade e alla presenza sotterranea di altre utilità (come i cavi di fibra ottica, le linee elettriche, i condotti del gas...), che pongono il problema dell’apertura di fossati e dei conseguenti ingombri per la vita normale di una città, gli investimenti necessari richiedono elevate risorse monetarie, giacché la fornitura non genera sufficienti profitti da coprire di per sé il costo del servizio.

Un esempio illuminante sono gli Stati Uniti, uno dei Paesi con la rete idrica più moderna e con l’economia più avanzata del mondo. Nonostante ciò, nel 2005 la American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), bocciò le infrastrutture americane alcune delle quali raggiungevano i cento anni di vita. Secondo il GAO (US General Accounting Office), negli Stati Uniti esistono sedici mila sistemi pubblici di trattamento dell’acqua di scarico, molti dei quali sono stati trascurati a causa della mancanza di investimenti nonostante i 72 miliardi di dollari investiti dal 1972 con il Clean Water Act.

Se si considera che le stime calcolano che circa 850 miliardi di galloni (1 gallone =3,78 litri) di acqua viene gettata nelle fognature di scarico ogni anno, di cui 10 miliardi annui rappresentano l’acqua non trattata riversata dai sanitari, si denota il volume e la rilevanza del settore negli Stati Uniti. Nonostante queste stime mostrino l’importanza della crescita del settore, il Governo americano ha praticamente dimezzato il Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRF), il fondo federale per il mantenimento delle infrastrutture idriche, da 1,35 miliardi a 730 milioni di dollari per il 2006.

Questa somma non riesce, però, a soddisfare le stime presentate dalla Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), organo governativo statunitense, che nel 2002 stimava necessario ed essenziale un investimento tra i 750 miliardi ed i 1.000 miliardi di dollari nei prossimi 20 anni per migliorare la qualità sia delle infrastrutture distributive, sia la qualità che la sicurezza del prodotto, per tutta la rete americana. Infatti, il principale rischio che determina il mantenimento di strutture idriche mantenute in maniera inefficiente è il problema sanitario e potrebbe divenire, quindi, un veicolo per la trasmissione di malattie causate dalla contaminazione idrica, come avviene nei paesi più poveri del mondo.

Nuovi investimenti tecnologici

Uno dei problemi maggiori del settore riguarda, quindi, il mantenimento, la sostituzione e la riabilitazione delle tubature idriche urbane. Tradizionalmente, il sistema usato per la distribuzione e fornitura dell’acqua sono state le condutture metalliche: con il passare del tempo esse sono soggette a problemi come la tuberculazione (la crescita di prodotti corrosivi nella superficie interna del tubo), che comporta la riduzione della quantità di acqua che il sistema può trasportare fino a bloccare totalmente il passaggio. Altri problemi sono le perdite, che creano enormi sprechi di denaro e necessitano il mantenimento per minimizzare i danni, così come quelli legati alla qualità del prodotto come un cattivo odore e sapore. Inoltre, alcuni sistemi idrici continuano ad usare condutture di cemento-amianto o serbatoi in legno per il deposito, strutture che oggigiorno non sono più permesse in ragione della pericolosità sanitaria ma che vengono, però, riabilitate a causa della costosità della sostituzione per intero.

Le maggiori compagnie del settore del mantenimento e riparazione delle reti idriche si stanno muovendo, dunque, verso l’utilizzo di nuovi materiali e nuove metodologie che riescano ad essere sia profittevoli sia a basso costo, per poter attrarre i governi ad investire maggiormente nella rinnovazione delle proprie infrastrutture.

Infatti, innovazione sembra essere la parola chiave per lo sviluppo di questo settore. Secondo le proposte delle maggiori compagnie (American Water, Holleran, Insituform Tech, Water UK, Tyco, Wavin...) i principali investimenti puntano verso nuove tecnologie. Accanto alle diffuse tecniche dello Spry lining (consente l’eliminazione dei depositi all’interno dei tubi), Slip lining (comporta l’inserimento di un tubo nuovo all’interno di quello ormai vecchio), Directional Drilling (determina la deviazione verso una nuova struttura), i maggiori investimenti e ricerche scientifiche mirano all’utilizzo delle varie tipologie di plastiche nel settore della fornitura idrica.

Già a partire dagli anni ’70 dello scorso secolo sono stati avviati studi in materia, in particolare venne introdotto l’uso del PVC per l’acqua fredda e del CPVC per l’acqua calda e l’acqua potabile e condutture in PB e PBT per luoghi esposti; ma il maggiore settore in espansione riguarda l’uso del Polyester-reinforced polyethylene (PRP), chiamato anche Thermopipe, che consente di minimizzare le perdite ed di ottenere una elevata sterilizzazione della conduttura.

Conclusioni

Il settore idrico urbano è in forte espansione grazie alla crescita della domanda mondiale, alla crescita del benessere e alla diffusione nella coscienza popolare della necessità di salvaguardare il valore della salute, che richiede tecniche sempre più raffinate di mantenimento e controllo delle reti distributive. A queste necessità il settore privato sembra rispondere con l’investimento nella ricerca e la presentazione di proposte alternative e concorrenziali. Resta, però, emarginato da questa dimensione di progresso l’espansione e sviluppo del settore nelle aree urbane più povere del mondo dove, secondo alcune stime, sono necessari ingenti investimenti per raggiungere una soglia minima di protezione sanitaria. Nonostante ciò, il settore sembra prevalentemente concentrato nell’investimento delle aree urbane occidentali nelle quali trova come contraente sicuro gli organi locali e centrali.

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val la pena rivedere il settore no?
 
proprio non v'interessa...???
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The Straits Times / The Business Times News On Hyflux
Hyflux eyes Middle East and North Africa market
The company has great faith in its creativity, cost effectiveness and better technology in staying ahead of competitors.

Jul 12, 2007
The Business Times

THE crying need for water in the desert world of the Middle East and North Africa, backed by their oil wealth, has attracted strong global competition for water projects in the region.

But Singapore-based Hyflux isn't deterred. The company has great faith in its creativity, cost effectiveness and better technology in staying ahead of competitors.

'We overcome strong competition by providing our clients value propositions and superior technology, backed by a strong team of professionals who can deliver good and cost effective solutions to cater to the needs of clients,' says Sam Ong, Hyflux's chief investment officer.

'Our ability to bring to our customers creative solutions separate us from our competitors,' he says. And there's also Hyflux's strong brand name and proven track record.

The company, which specialises in membrane technologies, has built one of the world's largest desalination plants in Singapore and is developing Saudi Arabia's first membrane oil recycling plant in Jeddah.

Hyflux has a market value of more than $1.5 billion with operations and projects across the AsiaPacific region, China, India, and the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).

Along with China and India, the company has targeted Mena as its key market. 'These markets represent the most affected area in terms of water scarcity, hence the highest potential for growth,' says Mr Ong, who is also group executive vice-president of the company.

Hyflux is zeroing in on seawater desalination projects in Mena. 'It is a bullish market with many projects coming onstream recently,' Mr Ong says. 'There are many small, medium and large water projects across the region. Hyflux is focusing on medium and large projects only.'

He notes that the Middle East has the world's higher concentration of seawater desalination projects because of the size of its population, industrial expansion and fast-growing economy.

The company has already won its first seawater desalination project in the region - in Algeria - against strong competition from Europeans.

'This is our first footprint in a new territory and we will leverage on this to expand into the Middle East and North Africa,' MrOng says. 'We are expanding aggressively in the region and will be able to clinch the next contract soon.'

Hyflux currently has $340 million worth of contracts in its order books and Mr Ong says the company hopes to double the value in the next two years.
 
* Approfitto per riesumare il 3d.

L'oro blu

19-12-07

La crescita dei paesi emergenti notoriamente sta portando a una forte crescita della domanda di qualsiasi commodity, acqua inclusa. La stessa crescita ne sta causando anche un notevole avvelenamento delle fonti. Ciò aggiunge ulteriore forza al trend rialzista dei beni agricoli.

di Boris Secciani - Top Trader Magazine (http://www.toptrader-mag.com/)

La crescita dei paesi emergenti notoriamente sta portando a una forte crescita della domanda di qualsiasi commodity, acqua inclusa. La stessa crescita ne sta causando anche un notevole avvelenamento delle fonti. Ciò aggiunge ulteriore forza al trend rialzista dei beni agricoli.

C'è un fantasma che si aggira per il mondo ed è quello della scarsità d'acqua. Non è che del tema non ce se ne occupi ovviamente, tutt'altro, le attenzioni riservate ai problemi legati all'acqua sono però molto minori rispetto alla monopolizzazione dei media economici (e non solo) da parte delle questione energetiche e agricole. Finora la crisi dell'acqua, per quanto grave, è stata quasi sempre associata alle realtà più disperate del mondo, mentre è un problema che sta rischiando di attanagliare l'intero pianeta e che trova il proprio epicentro nello sviluppo impetuoso delle nuove potenze (ricorda qualcosa un simile scenario ?). A questo proposito mi è capitato di leggere un rapporto di Merrill Lynch sull'acqua, che mi ha colpito per un paio di aspetti: innanzitutto a stare attenti a certe statistiche ce n'è da non dormire la notte, inoltre non vengono proposti moltissimi temi di investimento. Probabilmente ciò non rientrava necessariamente negli scopi del report, certo è che l'acqua è una commodity piuttosto peculiare.
Innanzitutto diamo un'occhiata alle cifre: l'acqua dolce non è che il 3% del totale, con una diffusione delle risorse su tutto il pianeta ma con alcune realtà particolarmente ricche (Finlandia, Nuova Zelanda, Canada etc.) e altre particolarmente povere. Fin qui nulla di diverso rispetto a nessun'altra commodity, eccetto che le possibilità di trasporto ed export dell'acqua sono piuttosto limitate. I network di tubi dalle onti utilizzate (bacini, fiumi, falde etc.) si estendono per qualche centinaio di km, pensare di vendere l'acqua canadese all'Arabia Saudita è però impensabile.

Qui veniamo a un primo punto interessante: viste le caratteristiche locali del prodotto l'abbondanza locale tende anche a produrre consumi locali più elevati. Consumi che sono concentrati soprattutto nella produzione agricola e di altri alimenti (circa il 70%), mentre i consumi industriali e personali non superano rispettivamente il 22% e l'8% del totale. Fermiamoci un attimo su questo aspetto: a costare un così grande dispendio di risorse idriche è soprattutto l'alimentazione basata sulla carne,: per produrre un kilo di carne di manzo ci vogliono circa 16mila litri d'acqua, a fronte di circa 1500 per un Kg di cereali. Dunque, questa è una delle prime conclusioni del rapporto i problemi di scarsità d'acqua non vengono necessariamente generati da mancanza di offerta, quanto anche da una domanda troppo vorace, come ad esempio di realtà ricche altamente urbanizzate come il nord-est degli Usa. In questo quadro l'ascesa dei paesi emergenti rischia di essere semplicemente devastante: da una parte queste realtà stanno vivendo una velocissima e disordinata in urbanizzazione, legata all'industrializzazione: ciò comporta un aumento rapidissimo dei consumi accompagnato a problemi di inquinamento devastanti (che quindi vanno brutalmente a colpire l'offerta d'acqua) a causa della mancanza di strutture adeguate. Dall'altra c'è in ballo un aumento dei consumi alimentari legato alla crescita del reddito pro-capite. Varie stime indicano che nel decennio 2005-2015 la crescita maggiore di popolazione al mondo +80% circa) si avrà nella fascia di reddito fra i 5mila e i 13mila dollari. Intuitivamente si capisce come questa rappresenti il punto di passaggio fra la povertà e una relativa prosperità, i cui effetti si faranno sentire con nuovi e più sofisticati consumi di alimenti. In particolare viene stimate dalle nazioni unite che in Asia per ogni incremento del reddito di un dollaro, circa un terzo viene speso per cibo. In generale viene inoltre stimato che l'aumento della popolazione mondiale pari a circa l'1% all'anno causa un aumento della domanda d'acqua del 2%-3%.
Con questi numeri non è difficile capire perché ad es. il colosso cinese si troverà in 26 delle sue 31 province ad avere seri problemi di scarsità d'acqua entro la fine della decade.

Dunque come giocare su questo tema, in questa sede no ci dilungheremo a lungo e tanto meno lo faremo sulle aizoni che compongono i vari settori del ciclo dell'acqua, quello che mi preme aggiungere è guardate le quotazioni delle commodities agricole, spesso dotate di volatilità impressionante. Ripulite il trend da stagionalità, strappi di volatilità dovuti a eventi eccezionale sotto potrete vedere una trend line rialzista data dalla crescente scarsità d'acqua sul pianeta, che sarà in futuro la spina dorsale dell'inflazione del cibo. Come quantificare questo trend, come giocare sulle commodities agricole, come costruire un portafolio adeguato ci torneremo a gennaio.
 
Questa è da tenere d'occhio per il 2008
seconda parte:

Itron Inc. (ITRI) Itron, Inc. provides hardware, software, and services to integrate the creation, measurement, collection, management, application, and forecasting of data for electric, gas, and water utilities worldwide. It operates in three segments: Electricity Metering, Meter Data Collection, and Software Solutions. The Electricity Metering segment provides residential electronic and electromechanical electricity meters, commercial and industrial electronic electricity meters, AMR-enabled meters, international meters for use outside the United States and Canada, and generation, transmission and distribution meters, as well as provides related installation and implementation services. The Meter Data Collection segment offers residential and commercial AMR standalone and original equipment manufacturer modules, contract manufacturing and royalties for its AMR technology in other vendors’ electricity meters, mobile and network AMR data collection technologies, handheld computers for meter data collection or mobile workforce applications, and related installation and implementation services. The Software Solutions segment provides software applications for distribution system design and optimization, energy and water management, asset optimization, and commercial, industrial, and residential meter data collection and management, as well as provides mobile workforce solutions, and forecasting and related implementation consulting services. The company sells and provides technical support through distributors, representative agencies, and meter manufacturer representatives; and also distributes through original equipment manufacturer arrangements with major meter manufacturers. Itron was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Spokane, Washington.
 
c'e' solo CLWT?? le altre non interessano ???
 
http://www.investmentu.com/research/water-investing.html

October 18, 2008

Investing In Water Stocks

Four Ways To Profit From The Age Of Water…
And How To Pick The Best Stocks In One of Fastest-Growing Sectors
An Investment U White Paper

Dear Reader,

Mexico City is sinking. The rate varies, but overall it's falling about a foot a year. In the lower-class neighborhood of Molinos - on the southeastern outskirts of the capital - front steps are being swallowed by the ground, main doorways are half submerged.

Why? Mexico City is built on top of an underground lake - an aquifer, like a water balloon - and each year the city is drawing out more water than can be replaced. As the balloon deflates, the ground falls.

Mexico isn't alone. Right now, over 80 countries are facing critical water shortages.

That problem just looks to get worse. The International Food Policy Research Institute thinks we'll add 2 billion people by 2020. Meanwhile, freshwater aquifers are shrinking around the world - Mexico City being a particularly dramatic example, but not the only one.

New Delhi, India, is on pace to run out of groundwater by 2015.
Two-thirds of China faces water shortages - today. Beijing uses 30 cubic kilometers of water more than it replenishes with rainwater each year.
At the moment, 40% of the world's population doesn't have access to clean water. Adding a couple billion mouths isn't going to help that shortage.

The price may be rising, but no one complains when buying the stuff, even though it costs twice as much as gasoline (a price we'll gladly gripe about). And that's why the current and worsening shortage is leading to an exploding bull market in the world's most precious commodity.

This research report uncovers how some investors are taking advantage of this situation by investing in water stocks… but first, let's look at some of the factors at work helping to raise the price of water.

Investing In Water… and Taking Advantage Of The Supply Gap

According to Fortune, "Water is one of the great business opportunities. It promises to be for the 21st century what oil was for the 20th."

And it's easy to see why investors are dubbing water one of the most profitable plays out there. Demand already outstrips supply by a wide margin - and the gap is getting bigger.

You can profit from this demand imbalance using the 'Law of Scarce Resource Price Pressure' - while simultaneously helping the world deal with and solve one of its largest dilemmas.

And because nothing can ever replace water, this "new oil" may turn out to be more lucrative than the regular black stuff. One thing's for sure: you don't want to miss out on the coming water boom.

First, let's take a closer look at the problem.

A Massive Water Shortage, and a Looming Bottleneck

Check out these striking examples of water shortages and supply squeeze:

Mt. Kilimanjaro has lost 75% of its ice cap - which feeds snowmelt to Lake Victoria and the Nile. Kilimanjaro will likely be bald by 2020.
The Dead Sea has lost 66 feet in the last 100 years. It's losing around 3 more feet every year.
HALF of the world's rivers and lakes are so polluted; the water isn't safe to drink without treatment.
Lake Chad in Africa is 5% as big as it was 35 years ago.
449 Chinese cities suffer water shortages. According to Summit Global Management, 75% of Chinese drinking water is unsuitable for consumption and 80% of her rivers don't support fish.
Water-borne diseases are the worst health hazard in the world. Every eight seconds, a child dies because of tainted water.
American states are waging legal battles over water rights to rivers like the Colorado. Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are verbally sparring over water rights. In Africa, there is lots of saber-rattling regarding water from the Niger, Nile, and Volta rivers.
According to the Population Institute, "Globally, the demand for fresh water exceeds the supply by 17% already."
Not only are we losing water, but we're set to lose it faster in the coming years.

Global Warming is fast becoming fact: according to the National Academy of Sciences, the earth is the hottest it's been for at least 400 years. The world's temperature has risen 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last century, and is on pace to rise 3-10 degrees in the next 100 years, according to the IPCC.

How does that affect water?

Glaciers disappear, reducing snowmelt feeding rivers and aquifers.
Ice sheets and glaciers melt, losing fresh water into the salt-water oceans of the world.
Ocean levels rise from all the melting, tainting some underground water sources with unusable seawater. (The British Antarctic Society reports that melting just the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise seawater 16 feet.)
The U.N. concluded just slightly warmer seas could intensify hurricanes 50% - with unpredictable ecological results.
Aquifers and lakes dry up, as evaporation accelerates and weather patterns change.
The truth is, we're not completely sure what will happen as Global Warming progresses, but our best guesses all point to a negative impact on the world's fresh water supply. The most we can hope for is a reshuffling of our supply, while the worst case scenario is a significant decrease in our water resources.

Of course, even if we didn't lose a single drop, we'd still be running out of water.

People, People, Everywhere…

We've already mentioned that the population of the earth is growing at an exponential clip - 1.5% to
2%. What we haven't mentioned yet is our water use is growing even faster - 2.5% to 3%.

The average person goes through 232 gallons of water a day, when you include household use, crops, bathing, and ol' fashioned water for drinking. That number is creeping up each year.

At the same time, much of the world's population is gravitating toward coastlines - which is bad news for our water resources. According to USA Today, "Half of all coastal regions, where one billion people live, have degraded through overdevelopment or pollution."

In other words, we're overpopulating the coasts, straining and breaking our sanitation systems, polluting our fresh water.

But there are solutions to all of these problems - and if you are involved in the solutions, you are going to make a killing by investing in water, if you start right away.

4 Ways to Profit By Investing In the World's Water Issues

#1: Filtration

This is a growth industry in the water sector - and we're not talking about your Brita filter here. We're talking about technology that can act as the Brita for an entire city, or even a state.

Some examples of filtration systems that are becoming more and more popular are:

Backflow preventers - which stop contaminated water from flowing back down pipes and polluting the potable source water.
Membrane treatment to filter out contaminants (more on this later).
Pumps and filters to treat commercial and domestic water (just like our ten story Brita).
Ultraviolet disinfection to treat drinking water and cleanse wastewater.
Cleaning up water is a necessary part of the solution. The problem is, filtration technology is already mature. The big leaps have already been made, which means the big money isn't floating around this sector.

# 2: Consumption

We need to cut down water consumption - and on that end, you can investigate various technologies that promise to regulate water pressure and flow.

Specifically, look for the companies/stocks that are doing the best job reducing the amount of water needed to produce a certain amount of pressure. From fire hoses to showerheads, the applications here are innumerable, and as the cost of water goes up, they'll become more and more economical and attractive.

Again, there is a drawback: consumers are never big fans of conservation efforts until there is no choice - and businesses have already made whatever upgrades they can live with. We may come to a breaking point in the future, but we aren't there yet… and we don't know when we will be.


# 3: Desalinization

This is a less spectacular, but very solid long-term water stock investment. As we've already seen, today we are short on water and the problem is just going to get worse.

However, only 2% of the world's water is fresh - the rest is salt water. The best solution is to convert some of the other 98% to usable fresh water. That could potentially solve all of our supply problems. With the availability of water dwindling, more and more places are turning to converted salt water to solve their crunches. Today, there are 7,500 desalinization plants running, although the majority of them are in the wealthier oil states in the water-starved Middle East.

At the moment, desalinization plants are very expensive. The cost continues to come down as we make progress using membrane treatment to eliminate the salt, but we haven't yet reached a point where desalinization is an economical source of fresh water.

In the long view, desalinization is a solid water investment, but it probably won't make significant gains for some time.

# 4: Water Rights and Infrastructure

Right now, this is the best way to profit from water investing.

After all, if the price of water is going up, what companies stand to make money immediately? Those who own water, of course - or the rights to water still in the ground.

Many companies hold huge tracts of land with plenty of untapped underground water. In some cases, the water hadn't been necessary before - but it is now. In other cases, the aquifers and underground rivers were too deep to bother with - again, before we started facing serious supply shorting.

Now we need access to all the freshwater we can get our hands on, and those companies that own water rights stand to make a killing.

Some companies bought their land for as little as $35 an acre. In the American Southwest - the driest part of America, but also an area with considerable wealth - the price of water-bearing land has jumped from $1000 an acre to $7,500 an acre.

But that's just for dirt - with water trapped inside. Find a company that owns the land and the technology to deliver the water inside, and the numbers get even better. The price of the finished product is selling at $45,000 per acre-foot.

And that price is rising…

Casinos and golf courses in Nevada are viciously competing for the right to buy water. Cities like Phoenix and Tucson are desperately trying to keep up with a booming population in the middle of the desert.

If you want an immediate return, look for water companies, and their stocks, that plan to sell the land and the rights therein for one big payday. If you'd rather sit and watch an investment grow, find owners who want to extract the water and sell it themselves - and the biggest winners, companies that own the tools and the technology to do so without having to turn to outside resources.

Of course, do your homework; not every company involved in the water industry is going to produce
triple-digit returns. But many will, and the sector as a whole should do very well for the foreseeable future.

Good Investing,

The Investment U Research Team
 
Complimenti per questa discussione, che a me da un annetto sta molto a cuore come ricerca.
Personalmente trovo questo settore come uno dei più promettenti per il prossimo decennio......ma ho difficoltà a trovare e concepire modelli di business applicati ai mercati, che possano garantire ritorni stellari come accaduto per altri settori man mano esplosi come negli anni passati.
L'unico effettivamente che io vedo potenzialmente interessante è quello della desalinizzazione per uso potabile e/o industriale......che potrebbe divenire fondamentale per una serie di concause:
esaurimento delle acque dolci a causa del clima e dell'inquinamento;
4/5 della popolazione mondiale presente in aree che non hanno eccessi di acqua dolce;
3/4 della futura industria dislocati nelle aree meridionali e/o tropicali del pianeta.

Se pertanto si ritiene giusto il ragionamento che porta ad un incremento notevole della desalinizzazione delle acque marine nel prossimo decennio, allora bisogna ricercare le stocks che ora sono già avanzate come ricerca e come penetrazione nel settore.

P.S.: pensate se entro 5 anni il 50% della popolazione di Cina, India e Malesya+Indonesia vogliono la stessa purezza e quantità di acqua dolce di noi europei o americani; non basterebbenenanche il mediterraneo!!! Scherzo, ma le prospettive sono quantitativamente mostruose!!!

http://www.investmentu.com/research/water-investing.html

October 18, 2008

Investing In Water Stocks

Four Ways To Profit From The Age Of Water…
And How To Pick The Best Stocks In One of Fastest-Growing Sectors
An Investment U White Paper

Dear Reader,

Mexico City is sinking. The rate varies, but overall it's falling about a foot a year. In the lower-class neighborhood of Molinos - on the southeastern outskirts of the capital - front steps are being swallowed by the ground, main doorways are half submerged.

Why? Mexico City is built on top of an underground lake - an aquifer, like a water balloon - and each year the city is drawing out more water than can be replaced. As the balloon deflates, the ground falls.

Mexico isn't alone. Right now, over 80 countries are facing critical water shortages.

That problem just looks to get worse. The International Food Policy Research Institute thinks we'll add 2 billion people by 2020. Meanwhile, freshwater aquifers are shrinking around the world - Mexico City being a particularly dramatic example, but not the only one.

New Delhi, India, is on pace to run out of groundwater by 2015.
Two-thirds of China faces water shortages - today. Beijing uses 30 cubic kilometers of water more than it replenishes with rainwater each year.
At the moment, 40% of the world's population doesn't have access to clean water. Adding a couple billion mouths isn't going to help that shortage.

The price may be rising, but no one complains when buying the stuff, even though it costs twice as much as gasoline (a price we'll gladly gripe about). And that's why the current and worsening shortage is leading to an exploding bull market in the world's most precious commodity.

This research report uncovers how some investors are taking advantage of this situation by investing in water stocks… but first, let's look at some of the factors at work helping to raise the price of water.

Investing In Water… and Taking Advantage Of The Supply Gap

According to Fortune, "Water is one of the great business opportunities. It promises to be for the 21st century what oil was for the 20th."

And it's easy to see why investors are dubbing water one of the most profitable plays out there. Demand already outstrips supply by a wide margin - and the gap is getting bigger.

You can profit from this demand imbalance using the 'Law of Scarce Resource Price Pressure' - while simultaneously helping the world deal with and solve one of its largest dilemmas.

And because nothing can ever replace water, this "new oil" may turn out to be more lucrative than the regular black stuff. One thing's for sure: you don't want to miss out on the coming water boom.

First, let's take a closer look at the problem.

A Massive Water Shortage, and a Looming Bottleneck

Check out these striking examples of water shortages and supply squeeze:

Mt. Kilimanjaro has lost 75% of its ice cap - which feeds snowmelt to Lake Victoria and the Nile. Kilimanjaro will likely be bald by 2020.
The Dead Sea has lost 66 feet in the last 100 years. It's losing around 3 more feet every year.
HALF of the world's rivers and lakes are so polluted; the water isn't safe to drink without treatment.
Lake Chad in Africa is 5% as big as it was 35 years ago.
449 Chinese cities suffer water shortages. According to Summit Global Management, 75% of Chinese drinking water is unsuitable for consumption and 80% of her rivers don't support fish.
Water-borne diseases are the worst health hazard in the world. Every eight seconds, a child dies because of tainted water.
American states are waging legal battles over water rights to rivers like the Colorado. Iraq, Syria, and Turkey are verbally sparring over water rights. In Africa, there is lots of saber-rattling regarding water from the Niger, Nile, and Volta rivers.
According to the Population Institute, "Globally, the demand for fresh water exceeds the supply by 17% already."
Not only are we losing water, but we're set to lose it faster in the coming years.

Global Warming is fast becoming fact: according to the National Academy of Sciences, the earth is the hottest it's been for at least 400 years. The world's temperature has risen 1 degree Fahrenheit in the last century, and is on pace to rise 3-10 degrees in the next 100 years, according to the IPCC.

How does that affect water?

Glaciers disappear, reducing snowmelt feeding rivers and aquifers.
Ice sheets and glaciers melt, losing fresh water into the salt-water oceans of the world.
Ocean levels rise from all the melting, tainting some underground water sources with unusable seawater. (The British Antarctic Society reports that melting just the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would raise seawater 16 feet.)
The U.N. concluded just slightly warmer seas could intensify hurricanes 50% - with unpredictable ecological results.
Aquifers and lakes dry up, as evaporation accelerates and weather patterns change.
The truth is, we're not completely sure what will happen as Global Warming progresses, but our best guesses all point to a negative impact on the world's fresh water supply. The most we can hope for is a reshuffling of our supply, while the worst case scenario is a significant decrease in our water resources.

Of course, even if we didn't lose a single drop, we'd still be running out of water.

People, People, Everywhere…

We've already mentioned that the population of the earth is growing at an exponential clip - 1.5% to
2%. What we haven't mentioned yet is our water use is growing even faster - 2.5% to 3%.

The average person goes through 232 gallons of water a day, when you include household use, crops, bathing, and ol' fashioned water for drinking. That number is creeping up each year.

At the same time, much of the world's population is gravitating toward coastlines - which is bad news for our water resources. According to USA Today, "Half of all coastal regions, where one billion people live, have degraded through overdevelopment or pollution."

In other words, we're overpopulating the coasts, straining and breaking our sanitation systems, polluting our fresh water.

But there are solutions to all of these problems - and if you are involved in the solutions, you are going to make a killing by investing in water, if you start right away.

4 Ways to Profit By Investing In the World's Water Issues

#1: Filtration

This is a growth industry in the water sector - and we're not talking about your Brita filter here. We're talking about technology that can act as the Brita for an entire city, or even a state.

Some examples of filtration systems that are becoming more and more popular are:

Backflow preventers - which stop contaminated water from flowing back down pipes and polluting the potable source water.
Membrane treatment to filter out contaminants (more on this later).
Pumps and filters to treat commercial and domestic water (just like our ten story Brita).
Ultraviolet disinfection to treat drinking water and cleanse wastewater.
Cleaning up water is a necessary part of the solution. The problem is, filtration technology is already mature. The big leaps have already been made, which means the big money isn't floating around this sector.

# 2: Consumption

We need to cut down water consumption - and on that end, you can investigate various technologies that promise to regulate water pressure and flow.

Specifically, look for the companies/stocks that are doing the best job reducing the amount of water needed to produce a certain amount of pressure. From fire hoses to showerheads, the applications here are innumerable, and as the cost of water goes up, they'll become more and more economical and attractive.

Again, there is a drawback: consumers are never big fans of conservation efforts until there is no choice - and businesses have already made whatever upgrades they can live with. We may come to a breaking point in the future, but we aren't there yet… and we don't know when we will be.


# 3: Desalinization

This is a less spectacular, but very solid long-term water stock investment. As we've already seen, today we are short on water and the problem is just going to get worse.

However, only 2% of the world's water is fresh - the rest is salt water. The best solution is to convert some of the other 98% to usable fresh water. That could potentially solve all of our supply problems. With the availability of water dwindling, more and more places are turning to converted salt water to solve their crunches. Today, there are 7,500 desalinization plants running, although the majority of them are in the wealthier oil states in the water-starved Middle East.

At the moment, desalinization plants are very expensive. The cost continues to come down as we make progress using membrane treatment to eliminate the salt, but we haven't yet reached a point where desalinization is an economical source of fresh water.

In the long view, desalinization is a solid water investment, but it probably won't make significant gains for some time.

# 4: Water Rights and Infrastructure

Right now, this is the best way to profit from water investing.

After all, if the price of water is going up, what companies stand to make money immediately? Those who own water, of course - or the rights to water still in the ground.

Many companies hold huge tracts of land with plenty of untapped underground water. In some cases, the water hadn't been necessary before - but it is now. In other cases, the aquifers and underground rivers were too deep to bother with - again, before we started facing serious supply shorting.

Now we need access to all the freshwater we can get our hands on, and those companies that own water rights stand to make a killing.

Some companies bought their land for as little as $35 an acre. In the American Southwest - the driest part of America, but also an area with considerable wealth - the price of water-bearing land has jumped from $1000 an acre to $7,500 an acre.

But that's just for dirt - with water trapped inside. Find a company that owns the land and the technology to deliver the water inside, and the numbers get even better. The price of the finished product is selling at $45,000 per acre-foot.

And that price is rising…

Casinos and golf courses in Nevada are viciously competing for the right to buy water. Cities like Phoenix and Tucson are desperately trying to keep up with a booming population in the middle of the desert.

If you want an immediate return, look for water companies, and their stocks, that plan to sell the land and the rights therein for one big payday. If you'd rather sit and watch an investment grow, find owners who want to extract the water and sell it themselves - and the biggest winners, companies that own the tools and the technology to do so without having to turn to outside resources.

Of course, do your homework; not every company involved in the water industry is going to produce
triple-digit returns. But many will, and the sector as a whole should do very well for the foreseeable future.

Good Investing,

The Investment U Research Team
 
interessa molto anche a me proprio la desalinizzazione, non riesco pero' a vedere per il momento un'azienda migliore o con le migliori prospettive di crescita di altre nel settore.
 
io so ' sol0o che ho un fondo fidelity che investa tutto in h2o e dopo 2,5 anni perde il 40%
 
Li seguivo (i titoli legati all'acqua) un anno fa' circa... anche quella mi sembrava una "bolla d'acqua"... :D
poi tutti ne sono usciti mah.. :rolleyes:
 
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