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Sewerage in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sewerage Market Research Report | SIC E37.000 | Aug 2016

Straight flush: A growing population has supported a rise in industry demand

The Sewerage market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Anglian Water Services Ltd Anglian Water Services Ltd market share
Severn Trent plc Severn Trent plc market share
Thames Water Utilities Limited Thames Water Utilities Limited market share
United Utilities Group plc United Utilities Group plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Increased pressure from industry regulators is expected to narrow industry profit margins
  • The Thames Tideway Tunnel construction is expected to reach completion in 2023
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Concerns regarding public sanitation have grown over the past decade, following increases in the UK population. The responsibility for the provision of sewerage services falls squarely with operators in the Sewerage industry. Over the past five years, increased housing starts and increased industrial production has boosted industry demand. Industry revenue is estimated to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.8% over the five years through 2016-17, reaching close to £8 billion. However, industry revenue is expected to fall in the current year by 0.9% following increased pressure from industry regulators.

Industry operators are subject to regulation from the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat), the Water Industry Committee (WIC) and Utility Regulator (UR)... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Foul water drainage

Foul drainage carries used water from toilets, sinks, baths, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. Industry operators collect this water through sewer pipes and treat it at sewage treatment plants. IBISWorld estimates that 73% of revenue in the current year will be generated from foul water drainage services.
Prior to entering the current asset management plan period, which operators are now in the second year, industry regulators outlined that regulation regarding foul water drainage will become more stringent.

Sewage water treatment consists of removing the contaminants from sewage water, this process accounts for an estimated 45% of total foul water drainage costs. The.. 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... purchase to read more


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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 drainageSurface water drainageHighway drainage
    Industry Activities
    Operating sewer systems and treatment facilities Collecting and transporting human waste through networks, tanks or vehiclesCollecting and transporting rain water via a pipeline networkEmptying and cleaning cesspools and septic tanks, sinks and pitsServicing chemical toiletsTreating waste water with physical, chemical or biological processesMaintaining and cleaning sewers and drains

    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
  • Number of households
  • Population
  • Real household disposable income
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Industrial production index
  • Current Performance
  • Counting the units
  • Price limits
  • Profitability
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Awash with opportunities

  • As Britain's economic future improves over the next five years, the level of industrial production is expected to increase, leading to an increase in demand for industry services. It is expected that over the next five years more consumers will switch to water meters as consumers become more conscious about the amount of water they are using, which could lead customers reducing their water consumption, narrowing profit margins for industry operators.

  • Asset Management Plan period
  • Treading water
  • Profitability
  • Table: Sewerage Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sewerage Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • 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
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sewerage
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sewerage Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Thames Water Utilities Limited
    United Utilities Water plc
    Severn Trent Water Ltd
    Anglian Water Services Ltd
  • Table: Thames Water Utilities Limited - financial performance
  • Table: United Utilities Water plc - financial performance
  • Table: Severn Trent Water Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Anglian Water Services Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Sewerage 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
    Combined Sewer Overflow (Cso)
  • The discharge of waste water and storm water from a combined sewer system directly into a river, lake or ocean.
  • Ofwat
  • 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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    This report on Sewerage:
    • 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 Sewerage 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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