Water ETFs: Sitting Ducks for Investors | ETF Trends

State and federal studies indicate that thousands of water and sewer systems may be too old to function properly. While it’s well-documented that finding clean water is a challenge in developing countries, water exchange traded funds (ETFs) could benefit from improvements on our home turf, too.

Some of the water systems are so old, they were built back during the time of the Civil War. With a pipe break a day in Washington at times, isn’t it time to replace some of the water infrastructure to help maintain and protect what resource we still have? [Why Water Investment Is an Opportunity.]

Jenna Wallace for The Quad News reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has identified troubled water pipes, and areas, however, the U.S. Supreme Court has made  it much more difficult, and oftentimes impossible, for the EPA to protect waterways from dangerous pollution. [How to Quench Your Water ETF Thirst.]

Charles Duhigg for The New York Times reports that damaged water systems are an ongoing problem, as fire hydrants and pipe breaks are so common, and water is becoming an increasingly valuable resource. Major investment must be put into the damaged water systems and into the actual element, or the breaking point is not going to be pretty.

For more stories about water, visit our water category.

  • PowerShares Water Resources (NYSEArca: PHO)

  • PowerShares Global Water (NYSEArca: PIO)

  • Claymore S&P Global Water (NYSEArca: CGW)

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