3 Stocks Trying to Prevent a Global Water Shortage

It's hard to overstate the horrible water challenges that loom over our planet. But some private industry players are becoming a part of the solution, and thus positioning themselves for long-term success. Xylem (NYSE: XYL  ) , Ecolab (NYSE: ECL  ) , and Veolia Environnement (NASDAQOTH: VEOEY  ) are all taking leadership roles in tackling the complex issues that make water scarcity such a pernicious problem.

Water = life blood
Let's consider just a few sobering truths -- and remember, we humans can't survive without water:

  • Earlier in October, the United Nations released projections that one in every two people on earth will endure some form of water scarcity by 2030 .
  • More and more experts are linking regional conflicts and instability to underlying water issues .
  • The World Bank estimates the cost of China's water problems at 2.3% of its GDP, and the country still hasn't arrived at the official definition of "water stressed ." (At the rate it's going, it will soon.)

Corporations to the rescue?
The private sector is well aware of the threat this situation poses to their business operations, for a whole lot of reasons. Many are not sitting by idly. Consider initiatives like the new EKOCENTER project, through which Coca-Cola and its industry partners are delivering clean drinking water to communities where it's scarce. Believe me, these companies are involved in such projects because it's in their best interest.

Xylem, Ecolab, and Veolia are all water solutions providers, so they're doubly interested in this important issue. But there are plenty of water companies out there, and not all of them are showing the kind of leadership that these three are. Watch the video below to learn about how Xylem, Ecolab, and Veolia are helping to set the world's water agenda. That's just good business.

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  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2013, at 7:52 AM, 7foolonthehill8 wrote:

    Elon Musk has the wright answer for this no Brainer. Electric is the future not Hydrogen fuel .

    a demand for Hydrogen will carry over to a shortage of Water

    Do'nt be a suicidal fool and purchase Hydrogen Fuel vehichles .Hydrogen fuel cells are slower

    and more problematic ie.. more components to break down.

  • Report this Comment On October 26, 2013, at 7:58 AM, 7foolonthehill8 wrote:

    I f a enviroment company takes grasp of our global recycleable goods and instead of dumping them in the ocean use them to build mountains on deserts so to harvest clouds rather than heat . using the mountains with properly engineered processing rotate excessting oil wells

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