Water is a critical resource with no adequate substitute. Yet while demand for water resources is unlimited, supply is finite. Never has this been more apparent than now: droughts in California and southeastern Brazil, groundwater pollution in China, and aging infrastructure are straining our limited water resources. According to a study published in the Water Resources Research journal, 21 of the world’s 37 biggest aquifers are in distress because of human activities.
But there is a silver lining: governments and companies around the world have recognized the severity of the water crisis. The Chinese government plans to invest in water and wastewater treatment. Meanwhile, both Singapore and Israel have invested heavily in desalination and water recycling to overcome their water shortages. These initiatives have created opportunities for companies that provide solutions to the water challenge. Indeed, the water market is expected to reach USD 1 trillion by 2025.
Our latest RobecoSAM Study “Water: the market of the future,” examines these developments and more, including the key megatrends shaping the water market.
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