Going with the flow: A gradually expanding population keeps revenue on the rise

Concerns regarding public sanitation have grown over the past decade, while the UK population has continued to expand, increasing pressure on industry operators. Over the past five years, increased housing starts and rising industrial activity have boosted demand for industry services. Industry revenue is expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 1.8% over the five years through 2018-19 to reach £8.8 billion. This includes forecast growth of 1.1% in the current year.The responsibility for the provision of sewerage services falls to regional monopolies. Operators are subject to regulation from the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat), the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WIC) and Utility Regulator (UR)...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • An expanding population and rising industrial activity are expected to support revenue growth
  • Water meters have encouraged a reduction in water usage, causing the average water bill to fall
  • Spending on research to improve efficiency is expected to increase over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry is dominated by 12 independent water and sewerage companies, 10 of which are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) in England and Wales, while the Water Industry Commission for Scotland regulates Scottish Water. These large companies operate as regional monopolies in the supply of water and sewerage services to households, throughout the UK market. The industry includes several local waste water companies that provide services and operate treatment plants. The regulators also license companies to supply wastewater services to non-household customers. The four largest operators are estimated to account for a combined 37.2% of industry revenue in 2018-19, indicating that the industry has a low level of market share concentration...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sewerage Industry

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

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • Understanding government policies and their implications
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of households and Population in the Sewerage industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sewerage Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate sewerage systems for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage, including household and industrial waste water and rainwater runoff. The industry is responsible for maintaining sanitation services for customers and meeting statutory obligations with respect to system overflows and waste-water quality through the stages of treatment.

    Industry Products
  • Foul water drainage
  • Surface water drainage
  • Highway drainage
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating sewer systems and treatment facilities
  • Collecting and transporting human waste through networks, tanks or vehicles
  • Collecting and transporting rainwater via a pipeline network
  • Emptying and cleaning cesspools and septic tanks, sinks and pits
  • Servicing chemical toilets
  • Treating waste water with physical, chemical or biological processes
  • Maintaining and cleaning sewers and drains
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of households
  • Population
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Industrial production index
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Impermeable regulations
  • Usage and demand
  • Liquidated profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Steady supply
  • Planned performance
  • Profit potholes
  • Table: Sewerage Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining, Quarrying & Construction Machinery Manufacturing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Lime & Plaster Manufacturing
  • Water Main, Sewer System & Related Project Construction

  • Products & Services
  • Foul water drainage
  • Surface water drainage
  • Highway drainage
  • Other
  • Chart: Sewerage Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Unmeasured households
  • Measured households
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sewerage Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sewerage Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Thames Water Utilities Limited, United Utilities Water plc, Anglian Water Services Ltd, Severn Trent Water Ltd,
  • Table: Thames Water Utilities Limited - financial performance
  • Table: United Utilities Water plc - financial performance
  • Table: Anglian Water Services Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Severn Trent Water Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sewerage 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 Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • The Water Services Regulation Authority, which is responsible for regulating the privatised water and sewerage industry in England and Wales.
  • Sewage
  • The waste matter carried off by sewerage drains and pipes.
  • Sewerage
  • The physical infrastructure system through which sewage flows (e.g. pipes, pumping stations and treatment plants).
  • Water Treatment
  • The use of chemicals and filtration to ensure that water quality meets the required standard.
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    • 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
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