Water management

Water management

We support our clients to define what it takes to win in water and turn these challenges into new opportunities.

Sustainable water management and investments into innovative water infrastructure are a key focal points for decision-makers seeking to create a resilient and environmentally responsible future. Roland Berger has deep expertise and experience in supporting players in the water industry ranging from global corporations to technology start-ups, investors, operators, engineering firms, institutions, and public agencies. Building on this Roland Berger leverages cross-disciplinary teams and its global network to help clients identify and capitalize on opportunities, foster sustainable growth and promote efficient utilization of resources within the water sector, including in:

Municipal water

With growing urbanization and increasing water challenges, municipalities and utilities require innovative solutions to enhance water supply, distribution, and wastewater management. Moreover, the rising focus on sustainability and resilience has opened doors for investment in cutting-edge technologies and infrastructure projects.

Roland Berger leverages its broad expertise to guide utilities, government organizations, and investors in making informed decisions on infrastructure development, technology adoption, and water-related ventures. Further we facilitate successful public-private partnerships (PPPs), and develop customized strategies that optimize water resource utilization, improve operational efficiency, and promote environmental stewardship.

Industrial water

The focus on sustainable practices and resource conservation is increasing. Industries worldwide seek innovative solutions to optimize water usage, reduce wastewater discharge, and enhance water recycling and treatment processes. Industrial water offers fertile ground for strategic investments, technological advancements, and cross-industry collaborations.

Roland Berger’s work on water topcis in the industrial sector spans a wide range of verticals – from upstream and downstream oil and gas, to mining, chemicals, food & beverage and more. We enable our clients to position themselves at the forefront of environmental stewardship and operational efficiency and unlock new opportunities across the value chain.

Water reuse

Water reuse presents significant strategic opportunities to address water scarcity and sustainability concerns by utilizing advanced treatment technologies and alternative water sources. Embracing water reuse initiatives enables many sectors to reduce reliance on freshwater, lower operational costs, and contribute to a more circular and environmentally responsible water economy.

Roland Berger is experienced in supporting clients across sectors to foster resilience and bolster water security by implementing efficient and sustainable water reuse initiatives and making strategic investments in water reuse infrastructure to maximize the benefits for clients and the environment alike.


The desalination sector has massive growth potential as it provides a solution to global water scarcity challenges. Advancements in desalination technologies and improved energy efficiency are unlocking new opportunities for governments, municipalities, and private entities to secure a sustainable water supply, foster economic growth, and enhance resilience against climate-induced water risks.

Roland Berger provides specialized knowledge and local insights to help clients in navigating complex regulatory and permitting processes, identifying suitable locations for desalination, managing environmental impacts, selecting appropriate technologies, and evaluating long-term financial feasibility.

Residential and commercial water

Increasing awareness of water conservation, sustainability, and innovative technologies are opening up new growth avenues in Residential & Commercial water. As consumers and businesses alike prioritize eco-friendly practices, there is a growing demand for water-efficient fixtures, smart water management systems, and water recycling solutions.

Roland Berger is uniquely positioned to support companies specializing in water-efficient products and services to capitalize on this market trend and drive transformative changes in how water is used and managed in residential and commercial settings.

Water strategy

As water scarcity, pollution, and regulatory pressures intensify, industrial enterprises are compelled to develop innovative water management solutions to secure their water supply, ensure operational continuity, and mitigate potential financial and reputational risks. By investing in water risk management, industrial enterprises can ensure operational continuity, enhance resilience, and position themselves as leaders in environmental stewardship – gaining a competitive edge and attracting conscious consumers and investors.

Roland Berger supports organizations in navigating water-related challenges to enhance their resilience and promote responsible water stewardship within their operations and supply chains – ultimately safeguarding their business from water-related vulnerabilities and ensuring long-term sustainability.

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