5 Stocks to Profit from Water's Scarcity

We all need water, and yet clean, reliable sources are drying up. These firms are poised to take advantage of that trend.

In coming decades, the words of the ancient Mariner are increasingly likely to seep into the world’s consciousness: “Water, water everywhere, [but not a] drop to drink.” Though lakes, seas and oceans blanket 71% of the planet, only a small fraction of the world’s water is clean enough to drink or use in industry. And even regular sources of drinking water have become tenuous, as illustrated by the toxic algae that fouled Lake Erie this summer, jeopardizing the drinking water for 11 million people. That combination caused the World Economic Forum to conclude that water shortage is one of the top global risks.

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Kathy Kristof
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.