Thirsty crowd: Steady population growth boosts demand for industry services

The Millennium Drought, one of the longest and most severe droughts in Australia's history, has made water supply a prominent political issue over the past decade. The lack of rainfall challenged the Water Supply industry, as it had historically depended on rainwater from large catchments. Each tier of government focused on improving water security as dam levels dropped and interest in the augmentation of water supply grew. New techniques for recovering usable water from salt water, wastewater and stormwater emerged, contributing to greater demand for water treatment services.The Water Treatment Services industry is expected to grow by an annualised 2.7% over the five years through 2017-18, to $6.4 more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Improved water availability over the past five years has seen desalination plants sit idle
  • Large industrial users have reduced the water intensity of their operations over the past five years
  • The industry will focus on meeting population growth, rather than additional capacity
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    The industry provides water treatment services for all stages of the water supply chain. These services include purification, desalination, treatment for industrial users and sewerage treatment.Sewerage treatmentThe industry's largest service segment is sewerage treatment, contributing an estimated 61.7% of industry revenue. This segment is expected to increase as a contribution to revenue over the five years through 2017-18, corresponding with the growth in Australia's population and the need for greater capacity to meet urban expansion. Sewerage water treatment plants process blackwater, produced by households and office buildings, to various re-use standards. A t...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Water Treatment Services Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Water Treatment Services are:

  • Economies of scale
  • Adoption of a commercial focus
  • Access to the latest available and most efficient technology and techniques
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Level of annual rainfall and Population in the Water Treatment Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Treatment Services Industry?

    Industry firms treat water to meet the requirements of water users. The industry also treats contaminated or saline water for re-use or release into the environment.

    Industry Products
  • Sewerage treatment
  • Bulk water purification
  • Industrial water treatment
  • Industry Activities
  • Bulk water purification
  • Water desalination
  • Industrial water treatment
  • Sewerage treatment
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Population
  • Demand from manufacturing
  • Availability of water
  • year bond rate

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Water Treatment Services Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Pump and Compressor Manufacturing
  • Steel Pipe and Tube Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Sewerage treatment
  • Bulk water purification
  • Industrial water treatment
  • Chart: Water Treatment Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Commercial and service industries
  • Manufacturers
  • Other primary and utility industries
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Treatment Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Treatment Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

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

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Treatment 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 Water Treatment Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The removal of salt from water to make it drinkable.
  • Potable
  • Water that is safe for human consumption.
  • Recycled Water
  • Waste water from sewage systems, drainage water and storm water that has been re-used without first being released back into the environment.
  • Self-Extracted Water
  • Water directly taken from the environment from sources such as rivers, lakes, groundwater and other water bodies.
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