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Water Collection, Treatment & Supply in the UK: Market Research Report

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Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Market Research Report | SIC E36.000 | Feb 2017

Rising tide: Strong demand has supported an increase in revenue over recent years

The Water Collection, Treatment & Supply 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
Dwr Cymru Cyf Dwr Cymru Cyf market share
Scottish Water Ltd Scottish Water Ltd market share
Severn Trent plc Severn Trent plc market share
Thames Water Utilities Limited Thames Water Utilities Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue has grown over the past five years, supported by consistent population growth
  • Fluctuating levels of annual rainfall have limited operators’ ability to increase their profit margins
  • Industry operators could lose out on EU funding following the UK’s exit from the European Union
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Water Collection, Treatment and Supply industry manages, stores and distributes clean water continuously to ensure all domestic and industrial needs are met. Due to the large start-up costs and equipment required, the industry is dominated by regional monopolies. All industry operators are subject to regulation in terms of prices charged and services provided. Companies in the industry submit a breakdown of their performance and five-year business plan to industry regulators, which then set the prices companies can charge.

Over the past five years, a growing UK population has stimulated industry expansion. An increase in the number of households has led to increased demand for industry services... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Water Collection, Treatment and Supply industry is considered to be in a mature phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the economy, is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.1% over the 10 years through 2021-22. During the same period, UK GDP is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 2.3%. This indicates that the industry is expected to grow at a slightly slower pace than the economy, which is characteristic of a mature industry. The industry is dominated by a few large companies that have regional monopolies. Company growth has slowed as cost pressures have increased.

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Additional Insights for the Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry

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

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulator
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Population and Level of annual rainfall in the Water Collection, Treatment & Supply industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry?

    Industry operators collect, treat and distribute water to domestic and industrial customers.

    Industry Products
    Water treatmentTreated water distributionWater collectionRaw water distribution
    Industry Activities
    Collecting water from rivers, lakes, wells and other sourcesPurifying waterTreating water for industrial and other purposesDesalinating seawater or groundwaterDistributing waterOperating irrigation canals

    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
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Public concern over environmental issues
  • Industrial production index
  • Current Performance
  • Environmental concern
  • The household market
  • Industry investment and price caps
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • The Water Act 2014
  • EU regulation
  • Price caps and profitability
  • Table: Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Flower & Plant Growing
  • Crude Petroleum & Natural Gas Extraction
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity Distribution
  • Inorganic Basic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Pipeline Transport
  • Products & Services
  • Treated water distribution
  • Water treatment
  • Water collection
  • Raw water distribution
  • Chart: Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Unmetered households
  • Metered households
  • Other
  • Manufacturers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Collection, Treatment & Supply 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
  • Utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Collection, Treatment & Supply
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Water Collection, Treatment & Supply Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    United Utilities Group plc
    Severn Trent Water Ltd
    Thames Water Utilities Limited
    Scottish Water Ltd
    Anglian Water Services Ltd
    Dwr Cymru Cyf
  • Table: United Utilities Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Severn Trent Water Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Thames Water Utilities Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Scottish Water Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Anglian Water Services Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Dwr Cymru Cyf - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Water Collection, Treatment & 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 Collection, Treatment & 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
    Asset Management Plan(Amp)
  • The industry is regulated and operates on five-year cycles called AMP periods. During these periods, each company submits a business plan to Ofwat, who determine the price each company can charge.
  • Flocculation
  • A method of treating water that causes particles of matter to aggregate into small lumps.
  • Rateable Value
  • A value ascribed to a property based on its size, location and other factors, which is used to determine the water and sewerage charges due.
  • Sewerage
  • The physical infrastructure, e.g. pipes, pumping stations and treatment plants, through which sewage flows.
  • Water And Sewerage Companies (Wasc)
  • There are 12 water and sewerage companies in the industry, these companies are regulated by Ofwat, WIC and the Drinking Water Directorate. These company provide both water and sewerage services.
  • Water Mains
  • Pipe systems that transport water to customers
  • Water Only Companies (Woc)
  • There are 14 water only companies in the industry, these companies are regulated by Ofwat and the Drinking Water Directorate. These companies only provide water services to its clients.

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    This report on Water Collection, Treatment & 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 Collection, Treatment & 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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