Go with the flow: Higher pricing and greater water usage have driven industry revenue growth

The Water Supply industry supplies water to households and commercial end users. Weather and climatic conditions can affect industry operations, particularly during extended periods of low rainfall and drought, as the industry requires substantial water sources. Historically, the water that the industry captures, transports and processes has been sourced from rain-fed sources such as dams. However, alternative sources of supply have become increasingly important, as annual rainfall volumes have declined or become more volatile. Constructing desalination plants in several states over the past decade, prompted by previous droughts, has substantially expanded the industry's asset base, resulting in fee increases for some consumers and businesses...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$13bn
Annual Growth 14-19
1.8%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
16,200
Businesses
627

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher pricing and greater water usage have supported the industry over the past five years
  • Higher user charges have contributed to industry profitability rising over the past five years
  • The private sector will likely play a greater role in new industry assets over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    New South Wales accounts for the largest proportion of water consumption in Australia, reflecting its relatively high population and its extensive agricultural output. Households in New South Wales are projected to account for 31.2% of total water consumption by consumers in the current year, while the state's farms account for approximately 40% of Australia's total agricultural use of distributed water. The state is anticipated to have 33.0% of industry enterprises in the current year, generating 30.3% of industry revenue.Victoria is the second-largest consumer of distributed water. Victorian households are projected to account for 21.9% of Australia's total household water use in the current year. Its...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Water Supply Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Water Supply 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 Population and Level of annual rainfall in the Water Supply industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Water Supply Industry?

    Industry firms catch, store, purify and supply water, usually through a system of pipes. Although companies that operate irrigation systems to supply water to farms are included in the industry, the on-farm operation of irrigation systems is not included.

    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 groundwater)
  • Pumping station operation
  • Reservoir operation
  • Water supply system operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Population
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Capital expenditure by state and local government
  • 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

  • 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
  • Utility operators
  • Mining sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Water Supply Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Water Supply

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

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

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Water Supply Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    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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