Never mind the financial crisis; the world has a water crisis.
Many countries - both emerging and developed - face shortages and
lack of adequate access to clean, potable water. And therein likes
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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that up to half of
civilization has one of six diseases based solely upon the lack of
clean, potable drinking water. About 5 million people die each year
from the lack of such acess. [
Water Is The New Blue Gold.
The problem is worst in emerging markets.
Water Woes reports that
China and India are among the fastest-growing nations, and have the
most dismal water resources imaginable. Sewers are unusable, and
water is so full of metals that they are not used for watering
ETFs To Play A Dwindling Natural Resource.
Other countries that are suffering a shortage of potable, fresh
drinking water include Israel, and Egypt.
In the United States, all along the Colorado River, water is
diverted for use in irrigation and urban water. Almost none of it
makes it to the once-fertile delta.
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. According to the
, there are four water ETFs that exist to play the international
water shortage. As the crisis becomes more dire, companies are
likely to sink more and more money into research and development to
solve this pressing problem:
PowerShares Water Resources (NYSEArca: PHO)
: The largest water ETF, focus is on U.S. companies.
PowerShares Global Water (NYSEArca: PIO):
Focuses on United States, Canada, Finland and Switzerland.
Claymore S&P Global Water
Focuses on United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan,
First Trust ISE Water Index Fund (NYSEArca:
Focuses on the United States.
Tisha Guerrero contributed to this category.