The availability of clean, usable water is expected to be one of the critical resource issues of the coming century. Reliable and abundant supplies of clean water are essential for economic development, public health, and environmental protection. Without clean water and proper water treatment, manufacturers cannot produce, business and industry cannot operate, and the population is at risk. But the development and maintenance of the technology and infrastructure required to satisfy the enormous and expanding thirst for water have long been neglected. Consequently, water systems are failing and the capacity to supply and treat water is falling well below recommended standards. Many communities depend on water pipes and systems that were built over 100 years ago. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), an oil and gas production technique that has experienced widespread growth in the past decade, accounts for a growing percentage of commercial water consumption. The generation of all major sources of energy requires massive quantities of clean and ultra-pure water. Yet contaminants enter our fresh water supplies daily while, at the same time, more sophisticated products and equipment place higher demands on ultra-pure water used in power production and manufacturing.
Our Water group works to identify problems and implement creative, innovative solutions, helping our clients effectively achieve their goals. The increasing demands for clean and reliable supplies of water create unique problems that require unique solutions. We understand the many risk factors that can affect the availability of water supplies, including natural hazards, severe weather, technology failure, climate change and competing uses. Our regulatory and transactional lawyers help manage risk by identifying compliance options and costs and structuring innovative public/private partnerships that help transfer and allocate risk. We also know the essential role of new technology in meeting new industrial and public demands for water, and our technology lawyers have represented creators and users of water technology in the areas of materials, equipment, processing, systems, methodology, testing and maintenance. Water industry solutions sometimes require massive funding, development and construction, and our finance and construction lawyers help provide our clients access to capital and financial markets.
Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers assists clients in evaluating issues, identifying opportunities and executing actions. We recognize that providing our clients the information they need across a broad range of water-related issues involves many areas of law and requires us to know our clients' needs so we can meet and exceed their expectations.
Corporate & Commercial
Environmental & Regulatory Compliance
Energy, Clean Technology & Sustainability
Water Bond Finance
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