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Profits Will Be Flowing at Ecolab

The wide-moat firm is poised to benefit from significant--and growing--fresh water demand.

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Seth Goldstein: Ecolab is well known for its cleaning products sold to restaurants and hotels. However, a lesser known part of Ecolab's business is its water-management systems that reduce customers' water and energy expenses.

Fresh-water consumption continues to exceed readily available supply. As a result, by 2030, we forecast that fresh-water costs will double as water will have to be pumped from greater depths at an increased expense in order to meet demand.

Seth Goldstein does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.