Water Markets

August 25, 2016--New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis (High Country News)

In 1922, seven Western states agreed to divvy up the water in the Colorado River, paving the way for giant dams, reservoirs and aqueducts to move and store it.


May 14, 2015--US water experts calls for Australian-style water reforms to Colorado River Basin (ABC Rural)

As the Colorado River Basin edges closer to its first ever officially declared shortage, one expert is calling on policy makers to adopt Australian-style water reform to cope with looming shortages. The Colorado River traces a path from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, before crossing into Mexico. Recently, Washington-based environmental


December 5, 2014--Report offers insight into U.S. private water market (Water and Wastes Digest)

According to a new report from Bluefield, U.S. private water markets are poised for significant growth. With an infrastructure gap of more than $500 billion for drinking water and wastewater treatment over the next 20 years, a revised regulatory landscape is shaping new opportunities for private players looking to invest strategically in U.S. water.


October 30, 2014--Selling and buying water rights (National Science Foundation)

Trying to sell or buy water rights can be a complicated exercise. First, it takes time and effort for buyers and sellers to find each other, a process that often relies on word-of-mouth, local bulletin boards, even calling friends and neighbors to get the word out. Then they must deal with the maze of rules and regulations involved.


October 26, 2014--The West needs a water market to fight drought (Wall Street Journal)

The drought in the Western U.S. from California to Texas has generated gloomy editorials and op-eds predicting dire consequences and even water wars. But the West is not running out of water, nor are prolonged fights over water inevitable.


October 15, 2014--Time for a serious policy on water pricing (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Do you know the price of your monthly cell phone bill? I bet you do. How about your water bill? What’s the cost difference between taking a shower for 5 minutes or 30 minutes? Most Americans consume plenty of clean water without worrying much, if at all, about its price. Yet which is more valuable, water or a smartphone?


October 15, 2014--The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help (Washington Post)

Drought is rampant these days in many parts of the American West, so consider this a pretty sweet gift: You’ve just been given the rights to some water. An acre-foot of it, to be exact, which is roughly enough to fill an NBA basketball court so the water laps at the bottom of the backboard. Your job is to turn around and use that resource in the most valuable way possible.


October 8, 2014--SA's Texas water exchange is first of its kind in Western Hemisphere (ABC)

"There's money to be made off water,” said Anastasia Valdes, CEO of the Texas Water Exchange. In some cases, there is a lot of money to be made off of the resource. As a result, Texans are starting to lease and sell the commodity in large quantities.


October 18, 2013--We need water markets if we're to solve the global water crisis (Forest Trends)

Four years ago, Kenyan farmer Chege Mwangi was a desperate man. Climate change had thrown off the timing of his harvests, and torrential rains were washing his topsoil into Lake Naivasha -- where flower-growers were suffering, too. Sediment from thousands of farms like Mwangi's was choking off their supply of fresh water.


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