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LG Continues Filling Out Water Portfolio 

On 14 March 2014, Korea-based LG Chem filed for the acquisition of NanoH2O, an El Segundo, California-based reverse osmosis technology manufacturer. The reported US$200 million acquisition is expected to close by the end of April 2014. NanoH2O– founded in 2005– is backed by BASF, Total, Khosla Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, and the CalPERS Clean Energy & Technology Fund. The announcement comes after Toray outbid LG to acquire 56% of membrane manufacturer, Woongjin Chemical in 2013 for US$397 million.


Safe Drinking Water and the History Behind it 

In the fourth session of The Water Values Podcast, Mike McGuire joins us to talk about safe drinking water. Mike is a California-based engineer, author, blogger and water historian. He provides a te...

Can IDE Stand-out in Competitive LatAm Market? 

IDE is expanding its geographic footprint outside of its home market where it has supplied 1.1 million m3/d of desalination capacity– or 61% of its total supplied global capacity. Outside Israel, IDE has activities across the globe but to date only a small presence in Latin America, where it has supplied 37,000 m3/d of MVC and MED desalination capacity.


Clean Water = Great Beer! A Conversation 

In the third session of The Water Values Podcast (and first recorded), I welcome Jenn Vervier, the Director of Sustainability and Strategic Development for New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, Colorad...

Water Planning 

In the second session of The Water Values Podcast, I welcome Jack Wittman, a hydrogeologist with INTERA. As described in the podcast, Jack has significant experience in all kinds of water issues and h...

Perspectives on Water 

In the first-ever session of The Water Values Podcast, I’m happy to welcome Matt Klein. Matt’s wide-ranging experience with water issues demonstrates why I wanted him as my first guest. Matt has b...

Agbar, Itochu Strengthen Water Partnership 

On 26 February 2014, Spain-based Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar) announced the sale of a 33.4% stake in Canaragua Concesiones S.A. to Itochu Corporation of Japan.

The deal is the second between Agbar and Itochu and mirrors its previously established Bristol Water partnership in the UK, where Itochu took a minority stake.  In May 2012, Itochu purchased 20% of Bristol Water for £43.5 million from Capstone Infrastructure Corporation to become a 30% stakeholder in the utility.

GCC Targets Spur Greenfield Reuse Opportunities 

On 17 February 2014 Muscat, Oman-based utility Haya Water (Oman Wastewater Services Company SAOC) outlined its upcoming wastewater plant tenders. As part of a US$4.7 billion infrastructure plan, Haya Water intends to connect 84% of the population to a wastewater service network by 2020, up from 30% today. Expansion of the wastewater collection system is expected to account for 75% of total costs.


Namibia Water Undermined by Commodity Volatility 

With the announcement on 12 February 2014 that Paris-based AREVA SA would not be selling the 55,000 m3/d desalination plant at its Trekkopje, Namibia uranium mine, Namibia’s water supply situation has been uprooted at a time of prolonged drought. The Namibia water utility, NamWater, is no closer to acquiring the facility and the approximately 17,000 m3/d it sources from the plant to meet municipal and industrial demands is at significant risk.