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Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

One of the many new studies that have come out very recently is a Carbon Disclosure Project/Deloitte report about water risks. Pointing out that water risks are more immediate and closer than many companies realize and that 50% of companies interviewed have already experienced detrimental business impacts. Most of the groups have developed their own initiatives to address the issue, and have published studies to promote their own positions and issues, including AWWA, the Water Environment Federations, the US Water Alliance, the WateReuse Association, and the National Association of Water Companies. The droughts that many parts of the American West have experienced recently have put water scarcity issues up near the top of the political agenda.


Maxwell S.,Techknowledgey Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2012

Experts have made significant efforts to demonstrate the true value of water despite increasing costs of water services throughout the US. Some simple facts and figures have been used to demonstrate that consumers are paying less for the high value that they derive water sources and their use. A study conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested that the average residential dwelling pays $474 per year for water services. The AWWA report for 2012, entitled Buried No Longer, states that the same residential user can find his or her rates for water services increasing to $550 to cover the required capital investment costs of maintaining the infrastructure over the next 20 years. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has also reported that the average US family spends less than 0.5% of its disposable income on water.


Maxwell S.,Techknowledgey Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2014

There are several challenges to understand, access, and solve in better water resource management. The twin challenges of water quantity and water quality represents an exemplary crisis. Thousands of people die everyday as a result of water scarcity and quality problems. By better understanding the themes and their implications, groundwork can be laid for more substantive and fundamental solutions to long term water challenges. Shifting patterns of food consumption or changes in customer purchasing could have a major impact on water availability elsewhere in the world. There is one critical and recurring theme within the water market today, the desperate need to better recognize the true value of water, to move toward more realistic and cost-pricing of water and thereby, unlock economic gains and efficiency that would result. Unlike any other commodity, there is no substitute for water.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2013

The article discusses how to ensure a successful sale of a water company. A wave of consolidation activity has been sweeping over the water industry. This frenzy of investment, merger and acquisition activity has been a constant presence in this industry for about 15 years. Whether one intends to sell one's company now or in five years, whether one plans a gradual internal transfer or an outright sale to a third party, one should always build and run one's company to maximize value. The chief executive officer of a large public company always has as his primary goal the maximization of shareholder value. One should also do the same. A successful process can be greatly helped by careful planning, but fortunate timing and the ability to take advantage of opportunities when they spring up is also important.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2012

Steve Maxwell has examined the future of different types of water use and consumption in his book 'The Future of Water.' Economists have traditionally pointed to labor, capital, and energy as primary criteria in economic decision-making. The total amount of water required over the full life cycle to produce a given product or service is referred to as virtual water content. Water will become a more critical issue and key determinant in almost all personal, economic, and business decisions. The buy-local movement, although it has many attractive aspects, may often be in conflict with the concept of water footprint or indeed, simply the local availability of actual water. At the same time, the concept of virtual water has serious limitations, and may in some cases conflict with other trade or consumer objectives, as was discussed previously. Because food requires so much water, international trade patterns in virtual water are essentially a reflection of trade patterns in agricultural commodities.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group | Maxwell S.,Harvard University
Ultrapure Water | Year: 2010

Some of the significant challenges and opportunities associated with water business in the US are discussed. One of the challenges associated with the industry is that its is difficult to classify and analyze due to its diffusive and fragmented nature. These factors make it difficult to estimate the size, growth, and characteristics of the industry. The industry lacks reliable market research and intelligence in the water business, creating significant challenges. New opportunities continue to emerge, despite the industry being a combination of different products and services. New companies continue to develop, while older and pre-existing companies continue to de-model themselves to create new opportunities in the sector. New treatment technologies continue to be developed and existing technologies continue to be applied to water treatment applications. Water 'loss management' services and control technologies are also expected to be an emerging sector of the market within the water industry.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2011

Water market is studied based on the outlook and growth characteristics of the business, and how it is expanding or changing times. The size of the domestic US water and wastewater industry today is typically estimated at about $130 billion per year. A recent report by the Union Bank of Switzerland has found that activated carbon treatment was estimated to be growing at 5.5% annually ozonation at 8%, reverse osmosis treatment at 10%, ultraviolet radiation disinfection at 13%, microfiltration and ultrafiltration membrane treatment at 15%, and membrane bioreactors at 20%. Advanced infrastructure diagnostics sector is growing that includes surface leak detection systems, robotic and video pipeline monitoring technologies, high-precision flow monitoring and metering technologies, and pipeline rehabilitation systems.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2015

The water industry is gradually developing a new perspective, and many professionals are starting to better understand that most of the water problems are interconnected, and interrelated with many critical issues beyond water, such as energy supply, air pollution, urban development, endangered species, transportation, and housing. This industry-wide and inexorable push toward the holistic concept of 'one water' or integrated water management has gradually gained more visibility and momentum over a long period of time. is one of the public interest and trade groups, which is trying to take the lead in starting to shift understanding and behavior within the business sector more toward this concept of one water.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal / American Water Works Association | Year: 2010

The virtual water concept, developed by British scientist Tony Allan, for which he won the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008, offers an understanding on real water use. Arjen Hoekstra and his associates at the Water Footprint Network in the Netherlands have refined the concept of virtual water to blue water and gray water. These and other researchers have built a database that illustrates the total water use of our various daily water requirements. A review study of the virtual water content of agricultural commodities shows that some plants will need more water than others, and that more water-intensive commodities seem to be grown in areas that do not have particularly abundant water. The water consumption of an individual country could be higher than that suggested by the traditional metric of water withdrawal, or even by the virtual water consumption of its domestic industries. In calculating the actual water footprint of a country, both the internal and the external footprint must be accounted.


Maxwell S.,TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2015

The different sources of financing that are available to entrepreneurs and owners in water industry are reviewed. Most entrepreneurs or developers of new technologies have traditionally gotten their start by committing their own personal funds to cover the start-up expenses. Another initial source of funds for the start-up technology business may be from personal credit cards or lines of credit from commercial banks. It is easy to borrow against personal credit cards. Venture capital can offer an array of benefits to the entrepreneur but, like anything, it also brings some costs and risks. After venture capitalists, as the start-up firm continues to grow, proves out its business model, and starts to build revenues and earnings, a much broader array of private equity (PE) investors may become interested in the business and represent potential sources of further financing for the company. Suppliers or customers can also represent an implicit source of financing for early stage ventures. Careful management of short-term assets and liabilities can help implicitly use the capital of both suppliers and customers to help finance the business. should also be noted that the federal government, as well as state and local government bodies and agencies, has monies available to fund new technologies and to help new businesses get started.

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