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Praise for Planet Water
"Steve Hoffmann has been a contributing editor and Model Water Stock Portfolio manager for our Water Investment Newsletter over the past twelve years. Steve has the education and background in water to understand the dynamics of water and its related sciences. In addition, Steve has the business mind and background to assimilate the two into forecasting investment trends in the water industry. The serious investor who wants to invest in the water market will find this book a must-read to ...
Praise for Planet Water
"Steve Hoffmann has been a contributing editor and Model Water Stock Portfolio manager for our Water Investment Newsletter over the past twelve years. Steve has the education and background in water to understand the dynamics of water and its related sciences. In addition, Steve has the business mind and background to assimilate the two into forecasting investment trends in the water industry. The serious investor who wants to invest in the water market will find this book a must-read to obtain a background in water to help make knowledgeable investment decisions in the water arena."
—Tom Bell, President and Publisher, U.S. Water News
"Timely, provocative, and insightful—Hoffmann provides a much needed dialogue on the looming water crisis. He addresses the necessity for change in our mind-set and prepares us for the challenges that lie ahead."
—Donna Mathern, Financial Analyst
"Planet Water: Investing in the World's Most Valuable Resource beautifully educates and informs readers on the shifting availability and demand for water. A resource taken for granted by many and nicknamed 'liquid gold' by others, it is clear that global demand is putting tremendous stress on current supply and that there simply is no substitute. Steve Hoffmann goes to the heart of the issue and brings to light the challenges and the opportunities ahead for addressing our most precious resource."
—Richard Sootkoos, Managing Partner, Palisades Water Index Associates
"In Planet Water, Steve Hoffmann describes the challenges and opportunities of investing in the water industry from a unique perspective shaped by formal scientific and resource economics training and years of experience consulting with and investing in water-related companies. Regardless of whether he's describing water rate structures, potential technology applications, service solutions, or identifying sector-specific or industry-wide trends, his insights not only advance general understanding of how water permeates every aspect of our lives, but more importantly provide a framework for understanding the relevant investment risks and rewards of the water industry. This book is a valuable resource for investors and industry participants alike."
—Christopher Ward, CFA, Independent Investment Analyst,
former Chief Investment Officer, CALLC
Chapter 1. Water: Prerequisite for Life, and Living.
Prerequisite for Life.
Prerequisite for Living.
Chapter 2. The Global Water Condition.
The Human Cost of Waterborne Disease.
Supply and Demand.
Overview of Water Reguation in the United States.
Global Water Regulations.
The Institutional Impact on Water Investing.
The Role of Water in Economic Growth.
Chapter 3. Public Good, Commodity or Resource?
What Is Water?
Water as a Public (Social) Good.
Water as a Commodity.
The Answer: Water as a Resource.
Chapter 4. The Cost of Clean Water.
How Big Is the Universe?
The Global Cost of Clean Water.
From the Whole to the Parts.
The Transition from Cost to Price.
Part II. Investing in Water.
Chapter 5. The Business of Water.
Water versus Wastewater.
Drivers of the Water Industry.
Chapter 6. Water Utilities.
A Brief History.
Regulatory Providers Face Regulatory Burdens.
The Future of Water Utilities.
Foreign Water Utilities.
Chapter 7. Centralized Water and Wastewater Treatment.
Resins: Ion Exchange.
Chapter 8. Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment.
The Roots of Decentralized Treatment.
Water Softeners and Salinity.
Membrane Bioreactors: The Future of Decentralized Treatment.
Chapter 9. Water Infrastructure.
The Distribution System.
Flow Control and Pumps.
Chapter 10. Water Analytics.
Monitoring, Measuring, and Testing
Chapter 11. Water Resource Management.
Water Resource Management Defined.
The Principle of Sustainability.
Water Supply: Reservoirs and Dams.
Chapter 12. Desalination.
The Promise of Desalination.
The Process of Desalination.
Part III. Water Beyond the 21st Century.
Chapter 13. Emerging Issues.
Biosolids Management: There's Money in Sludge.
Regulating Nonpoint Sources of Water Contamination.
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products.
Chapter 14. Water As An Asset Class.
Is Water an Asset Class?
What Is An Asset Class?
Chapter 15. Climate Change and the Hydrologic (Re)Cycle.
Planning for Uncertainty.
Impacts on Water Quality.
Occurrence of Drought.
Investing in Drought.
Chapter 16. Conclusion.
The Windfall Profits Tax…On Water.
The Age of Ecology, Again.
Is Water The Next Oil?
Appendix A. Water Contaminants.
Microbial Contaminant Candidates.
Chemical Contaminant Candidates or CCL3 Candidates.
Appendix B. Acronyms.
Appendix C. Conversions.
About the Author.
Posted November 5, 2010
This remarkable, dense book about water covers its uses, chemistry, issues, supply and technology, as well as the modern global water business. Steven J. Hoffmann, a water investment expert, explores the connections among water ecology, regulation and economics while identifying specific investment targets. This book is for disciplined investors looking to exploit Hoffman's information to further their own research. While finding the text somewhat long-winded and dry, getAbstract recommends this book to technically oriented, serious investors seeking immersion in the water industry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2010
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