Overview

Holding water: Expenditure on desalination plants has caused fee increases, boosting revenue

IBISWorld’s Water Supply market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry's structure has changed as new sources of water supply have been built
  • Increasing user charges have caused industry profitability to increase over the past five years
  • The private sector is expected to play a greater role in the industry over the next five years

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Water Supply industry provides high-quality water to a large number of households and commercial end users each year. As the industry requires substantial water sources, weather and climatic conditions can affect its operations, particularly during extended periods of low rainfall and drought. Historically, the water that the industry captures, transports and processes was sourced from traditional rain-fed sources such as dams. However, the industry has increasingly built alternative sources of supply. Construction of desalination plants in several states, prompted by previous droughts, has substantially grown the industry’s asset base, resulting in fee increases for some consumers and businesses.

    Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 4.2%...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Water Supply industry is highly capital-intensive, due to major investment in water assets, and only relatively moderate labour needs. For each $1.00 required for labour inputs, approximately $1.50 is expected to be invested in capital plant, equipment and assets during 2016-17. The capital intensity level has increased in the past five years as wage costs have declined and capital investment has increased as a proportion of industry revenue. This trend is projected to continue over the next five years.

    A large amount of capital is tied up in providing water services for Australians. Due to the long life span of industry assets, some of which have been in use for over a century, the expected replacement cost of industry assets is higher. Dam..

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    Additional Insights for the Water Supply Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Water Supply Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Adoption of a commercial focus
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
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    Industry Products

    What is the Water Supply Industry?

    Industry firms catch, store, purify and supply water, usually through a system of pipes. Although firms that operate irrigation systems supplying water to farms are included in the industry, the on-farm operation of irrigation systems is considered part of the agricultural services sector.

    Industry Products
    Water service charges
    Water volume charges
    Other water services
    Industry Activities
    Dam operation
    Desalination plant operation
    Filtration plant operation
    Mineral water supply (from the ground)
    Pumping station operation
    Reservoir operation
    Water supply 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
  • Capital expenditure by the public sector
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Availability of water
  • Agriculture irrigation water use

  • Current Performance
  • Costs and profit
  • Desalination and investment
  • Consolidation and private participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Rising revenue
  • Demand trends
  • Productivity gains
  • Table: Water Supply Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Water Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Grain Growing
  • Grain and Livestock Farming
  • Beer Manufacturing
  • Soft Drink Manufacturing
  • Outdoor Vegetable Growing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Industrial and Agricultural Chemical Product Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Water service charges
  • Water volume charges
  • Other water services
  • Chart: Water Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Other industries and sectors
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses
  • Manufacturing sector
  • Mining sector
  • Utilities
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Supply 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 Water Supply

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Water Supply Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Water CorporationSydney Water Corporation South Australian Water CorporationMelbourne Water CorporationQueensland Bulk Water Supply AuthorityCentral SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority
  • Table: Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Sydney Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: South Australian Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Melbourne Water Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Supply 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 Water Supply Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Potable Water
  • Water that is treated to a level to be suitable for human consumption.
  • Wastewater
  • Water that has already been used and discharged.
  • Water Mains
  • Pipe systems that transport water to customers.
  • Water Recycling
  • The treatment and use of wastewater, often for irrigation or industrial purposes.
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • A facility that uses chemicals and filtration to ensure that water quality meets the required standard.
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    This report on Water Supply:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Water Supply market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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