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Brief: Overcoming Fragmentation in the Water Sector to Promote Water Innovation

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Newsha Ajami, Barton "Buzz" Thompson
March 19, 2016

Innovation in the water sector is slow and lags well behind that of other sectors with similar profiles,such as the clean energy sector. One of the barriers to development and adoption of new technologies in the water sector is that the industry is highly fragmented. One approach to overcoming this fragmentation problem is to establish state-wide offices of water innovation and development, an idea originally examined in the Path to Water Innovation, a 2014 paper by the Hamilton Project and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.