'Invaluable yet free:' the contradiction of water on World Water Day

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On World Water Day, KBI Global Investors sets out the immense challenges ahead for water conservation--and explains how sustainable investing can make a difference. It is the ultimate contradiction: water is invaluable, yet free. Without water, manufacturing stops, foods fail to grow, the economy crashes and ultimately, life ceases. It is a tough concept to get your head around, but when we pay for water, we are, with very few exceptions, paying for its treatment and transportation.  The water itself is free. Only in its absence or during periods of scarcity does this value-price cont...

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Christopher Copper-Ind

Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.