Growth of water industry spurred by drought

Jim Harris, president of Puretec Industrial Water, and his son, Jed, are featured in a NY Times article that ran June 19, 2008, and focused on how drought conditions, not to mention worries about continued supplies of clean water, are turning water into a growth industry in California and elsewhere. It acknowledges goals by GE, Siemens and Veolia to bring water to developing countries and clean water everywhere, but notes that small companies like Puretec are finding their own niches as well...

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2008 -- Jim Harris, president of Puretec Industrial Water, and his son, Jed, are featured in a New York Times article that ran June 19, 2008, and focused on how drought conditions, not to mention worries about continued supplies of clean water, are turning water into a growth industry in California and elsewhere. It acknowledges goals by GE, Siemens and Veolia to bring water to developing countries and clean water everywhere, but notes that small companies like Puretec are finding their own niches as well. Puretec, which started as a Culligan water softener franchise in 1965, purifies water for industrial uses and grew 34% last year to $18 million.

The article, "Keeping the Water Pure Is Suddenly in Demand," appeared in a monthly column, "Enterpreneurial Edge." To read the article, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/business/smallbusiness/19edge.html

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