February 2003
Volume 45 Number 2

Investing in Water—A Long-Term Profitable Endeavor
by Debra G. Coy   Pages: 

As 2002 drew to a close, water issues continued to gain increased public attention around the world. Record drought conditions persisted across much of the United States last year, and at the United Nation's "Earth Summit" in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September, the lack of clean water to meet the needs of a growing global population was one of the most pressing topics on the agenda. We've seen a flurry of media stories on declining water supplies and water infrastructure problems recently, and we're seeing more public policy focus on water than at any time in recent memory—including a resurgence of negative opinion about the "dangers" of "water privatization." But what does this mean for investors?

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