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The Global Water Leaders Group brings together the CEOs of water utilities and agencies to address the world's water issues.

Meeting the challenge
Water services represent one of the great challenges of the 21st century. Growing scarcity, dilapidated infrastructure, environmental protection, and rapid urbanisation are putting increased pressure on water utilities. But often the political support is not there to drive the investment that is required. The Global Water Leaders Group brings together the people who can make a difference.

Overcoming fragmentation
Water is an intensely local business. The average utility serves around 23,000 people living within 10 miles of each other, and has very little to do with what happens outside its catchment area. But the challenges are global, and so are the solutions. By bringing together CEO-level people in the water industry from around the world, we bring the solutions to those who need them.

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New Whitepaper: Issue 2

Global Agenda Council : A New Model for Water Access – A Global Blueprint for Innovation

The World Economic Forum gave the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Water the mandate to develop a new economic model for Water Access in June 2014. This whitepaper, published by The Global Water Leaders Group and Authored by Christopher Gasson (GAC), represents the result of that mandate.

The report reveals that $310 billion a year is wasted on bad water and sanitation and demonstrates that is cheaper to do water better. But how can we reverse the cycle of decline? In the short term, what steps need to be taken to make better solutions available to more people? In the long run, how can we make the best more attainable?

To lead this initiative, The Global Water Leaders Group has made this report freely available.


Our Research

The Global Water Leaders Group is proud to be a leader in developing new research findings to create progress in the water sector. Previous research includes the 2014 Global Sustainability Survey and the 2015 Water-Value Nexus Survey. The findings of these can be found in Water Leader magazine. Please stay tuned for our next research piece here.

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Common solution

A Common Solution

Every water utility or agency is different, but they all face common challenges. The Global Water Leaders Group is about developing and deploying a common solution based around the need for better coordination on finance, innovation and regulation. Working with dynamic CEOs from across the industry, and supported by management consultants McKinsey, this is a major global initiative to accelerate change in the water industry.