Water & Sewer Utilities

Water & Sewer Utilities

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry operate water treatment and water supply systems; sewer systems and sewage treatment facilities; and steam and air-conditioning supply systems. Major companies include American Water, Cal Water, and Essential Utilities (all based in the US), along with Sabesp (Brazil), SUEZ and Veolia (both based in France), and Thames Water (UK).


Demand depends on commercial and residential water needs, which are related to population growth and to the level of economic activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficiency of operations, because prices are fixed by public utility commissions (PUCs). Large companies have economies of scale in operations and the ability to raise capital for infrastructure improvements. Small companies can compete successfully through superior engineering or by serving desirable local markets. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 75% of industry revenue.


Water supply and sewage treatment accounted for about 50% of the industry revenue, followed by water supply, transmission, and treatment, about 45%. Other services include sewage treatment.

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