The World Water Council and OECD estimate that up to US$1 trillion is required annually to meet the world's water infrastructure needs. What role can private and institutional investors play in meeting this investment need? Do water infrastructure and services in developing economies represent commercially viable investments that can also deliver social and environmental benefits? 

Aither's thinking on this topic has recently been picked up by the United Nations and World Bank's High Level Panel on Water in its Action Plan for meeting the water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Simply put, appropriately valuing water for all users should help make the case for major investments in water infrastructure by showing that water is often taken for granted and its many benefits are not adequately considered in decision making. 

Arnaud Bisschop manages a US$3.9 billion water fund for Pictet Asset Management and makes the case for why investors should look to water to deliver returns and make a positive contribution to our future...