The best Water ETFs

How to invest in water using ETFs

0.49% p.a. - 0.65% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of water ETFs
on water, which are tracked by ETFs
on water
The best indices for water ETFs

How do I invest in water stocks?

Water is essential for everyone. In 2010, the “Human Right to Water and Sanitation” was officially recognised as a human right by the United Nations. The increasing demand for clean water by the growing population and economies worldwide, while at the same time water sources are polluted and endangered, is the reason why the issue of water supply will become even more important to humanity in the future. The unequal distribution of water also poses a major challenge to our world. Therefore, it is not surprising that investors have identified water as a megatrend. An investment in water can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

Numerous companies are dedicated to the task of supplying the world population with drinking water. Water ETFs offer access to these companies, which are active in various areas of the water sector. Water ETFs include companies that generate their revenues by providing the relevant infrastructure (sewerage construction, the supply of pumps and meters, engineering offices) or produce products and equipment for water treatment (e.g. manufacturers of equipment and technologies for water disinfection, purification and desalination). They track companies active in the fields of water supply and management of supply networks, as well.

Currently, there are 4 indices or 4 ETFs available for an investment in water.

S&P Global Water performance

1 month: 5.46%
1 year: -2.46%
3 years: 27.29%
5 years: 73.31%

Water ETFs in comparison

The most important factors at a glance

When choosing a water ETF one should consider several other factors in addition to the methodology of the underlying index and performance of an ETF. For better comparison, you will find a list of all water ETFs with details on size, cost, age, income, domicile and replication method ranked by fund size.

Compare all water ETFs in detail
Compare all water ETFs in a chart

  Fund size
in m EUR
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Global Water UCITS ETFIE00B1TXK627 2,043 0.65% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Water ESG Filtered (DR) UCITS ETF - DistFR0010527275 1,249 0.60% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
L&G Clean Water UCITS ETFIE00BK5BC891 401 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Global X Clean Water UCITS ETFIE000BWKUES1 1 0.50% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication

Source:; As of 01.02.23


Return comparison of all water ETFs

The table shows the returns of all water ETFs in comparison. All return figures are including dividends as of month end. Besides the return the reference date on which you conduct the comparison is important. In order to find the best ETFs, you can also perform a chart comparison.

ETF   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
L&G Clean Water UCITS ETF 7.16% 2.66% 0.43% 0.87% 38.55%
Global X Clean Water UCITS ETF 6.35% 1.65% -2.24% -0.19% -
iShares Global Water UCITS ETF 6.14% 2.45% -1.47% -2.17% 28.10%
Lyxor MSCI Water ESG Filtered (DR) UCITS ETF - Dist 4.22% 0.55% -4.01% -4.60% 21.96%
ETF   2023
in %
in %
in %
in %
in %
L&G Clean Water UCITS ETF 7.16% -13.29% 36.96% 9.30% -
Global X Clean Water UCITS ETF 6.35% -15.38% - - -
iShares Global Water UCITS ETF 6.14% -16.92% 41.97% 5.84% 35.88%
Lyxor MSCI Water ESG Filtered (DR) UCITS ETF - Dist 4.22% -16.98% 33.40% 8.15% 38.30%

Source:; As of 31.01.23; Calculations in EUR including dividends