Water is very much on people's minds today. From countries such as the United States in the west, to India and China in the east, populations are faced with threats generated by water quality and quantity issues. It is the subject of discussions in continents such as Africa and states like Texas. As these problems become exacerbated, policymakers, businesses and not-for-profits are starting to discuss the potential for market-based mechanisms to become an important tool to address this problem. Read More
Five years ago, I was attending a meeting in Milwaukee at the headquarters of the AO Smith Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of water meters. After the meeting, AO Smith CEO Paul Jones gave me a tour of their research facilities and I was struck by the similarities of their work to my own operations at Badger Meter, just a few miles away. Badger Meter is the largest producer of water meters in North America. Read More
There's no better time than now for the American public to appreciate the "water-energy-food nexus," or as I like to call it, the "liquid triangle of life". To farmers across the U.S., particularly the Midwest, it's painfully obvious: The historic drought, sweeping across the land like a silent tsunami, is wreaking economic, environmental, and emotional havoc in its wake. Read More
America’s water sector once did great things: think of the Catskill aqueduct which first brought water to New York in 1916 through 163 miles of tunnels - some at a depth of over 1,000 feet, keeping pace with the City’s breathtaking growth rate in the early twentieth century; or the California Water Project, which transformed the Golden State into one of the world’s largest economies during the 1960s.
Today there is much less to be proud of. Read More
It's a fact that humans cannot live – let alone engage in economic activities – without water. This fact would support a claim that the value of water is equivalent to the value of all of our economic activities, but that claim is a bit too bold. Read More