AWWA launches The Future of Water

July 2011, Vol. 66 No. 7

The future of water storage
It is hard to overstate the role that dams have played in the economic development of the U.S. Now, America is building very few new dams and, in fact, is tearing down many old dams. On the other hand, China and Africa are dam building with intensity. How will the U.S. meet its water storage needs with fewer dams? What do these new Chinese and African dams – some the biggest ever built – mean for the future of water?

The future of water utilities
Treatment costs will continue to increase in response to ever-stricter water quality regulations for both water and wastewater. Water rates will rise to generate cash for more effective treatment technologies and escalating underground pipe-replacement programs. Small utilities may consolidate for cost-savings.

The future of water business
Private companies are lining up to deliver innovative, advanced solutions to the challenges of water scarcity, storage, treatment and distribution. It is impossible to define but taken as a whole, water is probably the world’s third largest industry, after oil and gas and electrical power. Most experts place the size of the commercial water market at between $500 and $600 billion per year worldwide, and still growing.

The Future of Water is available in AWWA’s online bookstore at, and through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.