Pumped: Increasing demand and higher service prices will support revenue growth

The Sewerage and Drainage Services industry has grown steadily over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 2.6% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $10.1 billion. This performance reflects higher sewerage service prices and an increase in volumes treated, largely due to rising business numbers and general population growth. Revenue is expected to increase by 1.5% in the current year, as the industry provides wastewater collection and treatment services to more customers.State governments own the majority of the industry’s operations. This is due to the high capital costs required to develop sewage-collection pipe networks and sewage treatment plants. Private enterprises have a small presence across the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising business numbers and population growth have contributed to higher treated sewage volumes
  • The number of industry enterprises has declined due to merger and acquisition activity
  • An emphasis on water conservation is expected to curb volume growth over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Sewerage and Drainage Services industry has displayed solid growth over the past five years. Population growth, water usage, water availability and business numbers all have a strong influence on sewage and drainage volumes. Drought conditions that reduce water volumes can also affect the industry. Although industry operators have faced several challenges over the past five years, the ability to increase prices has largely insulated utilities operators from significant economic and financial difficulties.The quality of treated effluent from sewage treatment works is determined primarily by its intended use. For example, if the treated water is to be returned to the environment, a range of environmental standards and conditions must be met. Pro...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry are

  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • Effective cost controls
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Population and Availability of water in the Sewerage and Drainage Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry?

    Industry firms operate sewerage systems, drainage systems and sewage treatment plants. Industry organisations are generally owned and operated by the relevant state or territory governments.

    Industry Products
  • Sewage collection services
  • Sewage treatment services
  • Drainage services
  • Trade waste services
  • Recycled wastewater services
  • Industry Activities
  • Drainage system operation (for town or stormwater)
  • Pumping station operation (for sewage)
  • Sewage treatment plant operation
  • Sewerage system operation
  • Stormwater drainage system operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Population
  • Availability of water
  • Demand from building construction
  • Demand from heavy industry and other non-building construction
  • Household consumption expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Industry revenue and profit
  • Utility numbers and employment
  • Industry stresses and strains
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry revenue and profit
  • Less water, more recycling
  • Table: Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Education and Training
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Health Services
  • Community Services
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Iron and Steel Casting and Forging
  • Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing
  • Water Supply

  • Products & Services
  • Sewage collection services
  • Sewage treatment services
  • Trade waste services
  • Drainage services
  • Recycled wastewater services
  • Chart: Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Service sectors
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Government and institutions
  • Other industries and sectors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sewerage and Drainage Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Sydney Water Corporation, Water Corporation, Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority, South East Water Corporation, Melbourne Water Corporation,
  • Table: Sydney Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority - financial performance
  • Table: South East Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Melbourne Water Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Sewage Collected Megalitres (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Relates to the removal of rainfall run-off via a system of pipes.
  • Grey Water
  • Water from showers, washing machines, sinks and other sources that can be re-used or recycled for toilet flushing, and on gardens or wetlands.
  • Sewage Treatment Plant
  • A facility that uses chemical and other processes to deal with effluent in the sewerage system.
  • Wastewater
  • Water that has already been used and discharged.
  • Water Recycling
  • The treatment and use of wastewater, often for irrigation or industrial purposes.
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