The importance of clean water to human health and industry is so obvious that we take it for granted. Why, then, is there such a large gap between our demands for clean water and the current reality?
A major contributing factor is the lack of appropriate financing. Demand for water infrastructure in Mexico exceeds the nation's capacity for traditional financing by a large margin. While we will focus on Mexico here, identical arguments are just as valid in most other rapidly developing countries and the most developed nations, who also face significant financing hurdles. Accumulated debt burdens, continuing recessions, stricter environmental regulations, all are common problems across the Americas.