Will Sarni, World Water Day Water Café

To celebrate World Water Day, the Water Institute had the privilege of hosting Mr. Will Sarni, founder and CEO of the Water Foundry for a special edition of the Water Café.

Mr. Sarni is the leader of the world leading water consultancy firm The Water Foundry, which provides funding and business support in a host of domains for a wide array of public and private sector clients. 

With sustainability consultancy at heart, Mr. Sarni spoke on the physical, regulatory, and reputational risks companies face in the management of water, the corporate value chain of water risks, as well as the delivery of solutions beyond handprints and footprints. The global perspective that has allowed Mr. Sarni such success in his previous ventures shone through in this Water Café, as he spoke on strategies that surpass initiatives, the reality of “net zero” ideals, and companies with “water positive” positions.

While Mr. Sarni often tackles issues surrounding water quality and scarcity from a regulatory, top down perspective, he understands the fundamental role we all play in managing water. As he noted early on in the discussion, global issues manifest locally, and their impacts permeate every aspect of society.

To play back the event, please see below:

The Water Foundry:


Will Sarni

Founder and CEO

Water Foundry, LLC



720 341-7272


Colorado River Basin Fund


Will Sarni is the founder and CEO of water strategy consultancy, Water Foundry. He is also the CEO  of the Colorado River Basin Fund, the first placed-based water-focused investment fund in the United States. He is committed to solving water problems such as the lack of access to safe drinking water, water conservation and accelerating the adoption of innovative water technology and public policy solutions. 

Prior to Water Foundry, Will was a managing director at Deloitte Consulting where he established and led the water strategy practice. He was the founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm, prior to Deloitte. He is the author of numerous publications on water including six books on water strategy, technology innovation public policy and digital water technologies. He is currently working on a children’s book on water. 

He is a co-founder of WetDATA and a host of the podcast, The Stream with Will and Tom. He is a board member of Flowater, Silver Bullet, Project WET and the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club. He was the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the WAITRO Global Water Innovation Summit 2020 and was on the Scientific Program Committee for Stockholm World Water Week from 2013 through 2019. His advisory work includes working with the 2020 X-PRIZE (Infinity Water Prize), as a Bold Visioneer for the 2016 X-PRIZE Safe Drinking Water Team and a Technical Advisor for the Climate Bonds Initiative: Nature- Based Solutions for Climate and Water Resilience. He is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Water Security.

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