Act now! Water is the most important element on earth. But only a tiny fraction of it is actually suitable for human consumption. Agriculture alone uses 80 percent to water fields around the world. And the raw material is running out; droughts are on the rise and consequently water reserves are becoming more valuable. Of the world’s 6 billion people, around one billion do not have clean drinking water, and the fast-growing population needs an increasing amount of this precious commodity. So business ideas that conserve water are needed. The water industry is expecting a boom with growth rates of up to 15 percent. The water supply will definitely be one of the key issues of the 21st century. Given the global shortage and growing use, there are particular political and economic issues to be addressed in this area, because the supply of water for human consumption is diminishing further and further. Water consumption has increased sevenfold in the last 100 years, while the supply of fresh water has diminished by 40 percent since 1970 alone.The spotlight is on companies with the expertise, technology and products required for the supply and disposal of water and sewage in overcoming these challenges. Providers involved in the areas of water supply, infrastructure and treatment are faced with significant growth potential – potential which is also attracting increasing interest among investors.The DAXglobal® Water Index gives investors efficient, market capitalization-oriented access to companies involved in water technology which are traded on the leading international stock exchanges.
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