Pumped: Increasing population and higher service prices are expected to support revenue

IBISWorld’s Sewerage and Drainage Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising business numbers and population growth have caused the volumes treated to increase
  • 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

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Sewerage and Drainage Services industry has grown steadily over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 1.9% over the five years through 2016-17, to $8.8 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 2.3% in 2016-17 as the industry continues to expand at a stable rate, providing wastewater collection and treatment services to more customers.

    State government-owned business enterprises account for the vast 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...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Sewerage and Drainage Services industry is highly capital-intensive. To calculate the capital intensity, IBISWorld uses data from the industry cost structure. Depreciation is used as a proxy for capital, with wages used as a proxy for labour. In 2016-17, depreciation is estimated to account for 18.9% of industry revenue, while wages are estimated at 12.9%. These show that for each $1.00 of industry revenue required for labour inputs, approximately $1.47 will be invested in capital equipment during the year. This puts the industry well within the range for a high capital intensity level.

    A large amount of capital is tied up providing sewerage and drainage services in Australia, with just less than half the industry's assets expected to be located in rural areas. Alt..

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    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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    Industry Products

    What is the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry?

    Organisations in the industry 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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Services sector
  • 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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
    Major Companies
    Sydney Water Corporation Water CorporationCentral SEQ Distributor-Retailer AuthorityMelbourne Water CorporationSouth East Water CorporationSouth Australian Water CorporationYarra Valley Water Corporation
  • Table: Sydney Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Melbourne Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: South East Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: South Australian Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Yarra Valley Water Corporation - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Sewerage and Drainage Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Sewage Collected Megalitres (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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