Water Finance: Public Responsibilities and Private Opportunities

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John Wiley & Sons, May 23, 2011 - Business & Economics - 366 pages
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A detailed look at the water industry and the trends that can lead to investment opportunities

Water has quickly grown into a big global business, with annual revenues in the United States alone reaching over $200 billion. In the years ahead, companies as well as governments must find innovative ways to address important issues within this field without sacrificing basic needs, such as safety of drinking water or the reliability of water for energy production. Nobody understands this better than author Neil Grigg, a forty-year veteran of the water industry, and now, with Water Finance, he shares his extensive experience with you.

Most of the water business operates under the radar, but with this reliable resource, Grigg shines a bright light on this essential area and offers comprehensive coverage of the public responsibilities and private opportunities associated with it. While Water Finance does contain many facts and figures, it also takes the time to pull together the various aspects of water, going far beyond water as just a commodity, to skillfully explain it as the integrated business that it is.

  • Opens with a detailed discussion of the water industry before turning its focus to water handling, which includes water supply, wastewater, industrial water, storm water, irrigation and drainage, and instream flows
  • Reveals the different driving forces, and issues, surrounding the water industry such as government involvement, privatization, law and regulations, financial structure, water and health, and workforce capacity
  • Offers insights on water industry business, careers, and investments

Organized around the idea that the water business is about all aspects of handling water, from the global environment to your tap, Water Finance contains the information you need to succeed in this dynamic field.

 

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Contents

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Contents ix
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Industrial Water and the WaterEnergy Nexus
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Constructing WaterIndustry Infrastructure
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Acronyms
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About the Author
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Government and Politics in the Water Business
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About the author (2011)

Neil S. Grigg is Professor of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He has worked as professor, administrator, and consultant in the fields of infrastructure engineering and management, water resources engineering, urban water systems, and public administration of infrastructure facilities. Grigg is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina. He has served as a consultant for many UN agencies including FAO, UNDP, and UNESCO.

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