- European water companies target
the United States as an important market. European multinationals dominate the private
water services market, with over $25 billion per year in revenue.
- U.S. municipal services represent a $82 billion market. Government spending to construct and upgrade
drinking water and sewage infrastructure is estimated to cost
between $500 billion and $1 trillion over the next 20 years.
- Most U.S. drinking water systems
are in public hands. Municipal systems serving serve 85% of
the U.S. population. European companies want access to U.S. markets for supply and water treatment services.
This section looks at water as a good and a service; describes important investment disputes involving water; and surveys state/local action to safeguard public water.