This report summarizes the Aspen-Nicholas Water Forum discussions of May 2016, offering various approaches to financing water infrastructure.
- Business as usual is not sustainable—we as a society are now paying for the "can-kicking" that has occurred while we debated responsibility for U.S. water resources.
- The water issues we face as a nation continue to grow as the water community dithers and invests in one-off projects, rather than focusing on scaled solutions like regionalization and integration.
- Money is not the issue; there is plenty of private capital available to meet the current water funding gap, but there are significant barriers to impactful and innovative financing.
- Government regulation and public education can go hand in hand to gain public support for improved water management while supporting social equity.
- Leadership is one of the prime movers for innovative finance projects in the water space.