The Secret Profits Behind Water Filtration
Lead-Lined Water Profits
Have you had your daily dose of lead yet?
Citizens of Flint, Michigan, have gotten more than their fair share in the past two years since the town's water crisis began.
In this case, the aging infrastructure began leaking lead from the extremely old pipes and into drinking water.
This doubled the number of children in the area with elevated blood-lead levels and has been linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.
But even though Flint is one of the most notable examples of our upcoming water crisis... it's not alone.
Truth is, contaminated water sources already plague much of the country.
Lead in the Water
Here in Baltimore, schools have been dealing with lead-leeched water since 1992.
The only way to fix the problem for good would be to replace every lead pipe in the area... but, as you can imagine, such a thing is pretty damn expensive.
So in 2007, the city decided that those schools would just use bottled water. Indefinitely.
And they're still doing it today.
Across the country in L.A., schools were simply asked to “flush” water fountains daily to get rid of lead buildup.
When they couldn't manage to do it regularly, Mark Hovatter of the Los Angeles Unified School District stated, “Sometimes it's hard to live up to those idealistic standards.”
Idealistic. Clean drinking water for schoolchildren has become idealistic, some utopian dream.
That's just how bad the country's water situation is.
Worse is that it's not just pipes that are contaminating U.S. waterways; even freshwater rivers running all through the country have become polluted with a number of chemicals from industrial waste sites.
According to the EPA, only nine states in the whole country have acceptable — if not entirely healthy — levels of lead in their water.
And most of them cite the same problem: replacing all of those pipes is expensive!
It could take upwards of $4.8 trillion to totally replace or upgrade the U.S. water system, and that's money many areas like Baltimore and L.A. just don't have handy.
That's also not to mention it'll be one hell of a process to finally fix this problem for good.
In the meantime, however, some people are looking to at least keep the water drinkable, utopian though that may be.
And that, dear reader, is where your opportunity lies...
Some of our readers may remember graphene, the “wonder material.”
It's thin — just one carbon molecule thick — and extremely strong.
Graphene can also act as a highly versatile filter.
Just recently, a study was published that explained the use of graphene microbots to clean water.
These tiny, three-layered bots are extremely efficient: the study found that they could remove 95% of the lead from contaminated water in just an hour!
What's more, the bots can propel themselves around via small, contained chemical reaction, can be called back with magnets, and can be cleaned of all collected lead and used again.
Granted, these bots are still in development. They're being tested in larger bodies of water, and at best they would offer a filter system to lead-leeched waters.
But it's a start.
What's more, since they were originally designed to clean up industrially polluted waters, they'll soon be outfitted to filter other toxic contaminants in addition to lead.
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Get the Lead Out
Look, the U.S. has a long way to go before it's out of its water crisis.
Fortunately, this crisis is starting to garner more attention — and with attention comes new opportunities for individual investors like us.
If you recall, we previously covered a few water infrastructure investments on these pages recently. Now it's time to put water filtration on your radar, before the rest of the investment herd catches on... it's more than likely the solution the U.S. will pursue to work out the kinks in its pipes.
Meanwhile, we've got a few more angles to check out in the water market. We'll delve into more of these profitable stocks over the next few weeks.
Until next time,
A true insider in the energy markets, Keith is one of few financial reporters to have visited the Alberta oil sands. His research has helped thousands of investors capitalize from the rapidly changing face of energy. Keith connects with hundreds of thousands of readers as the Managing Editor of Energy & Capital as well as Investment Director of Angel Publishing's Energy Investor. For years, Keith has been providing in-depth coverage of the Bakken, the Haynesville Shale, and the Marcellus natural gas formations — all ahead of the mainstream media. For more on Keith, go to his editor's page.
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