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North American Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market, Forecast to 2021

North American Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market, Forecast to 2021

The North American Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market enjoys steady growth, but its main barrier is public aversion to the privatization of water services.

Water services have a strong history of public ownership and union jobs. However, the increasing strain of infrastructure renewal needed alongside tight financial operating conditions makes outsourcing an increasingly necessary compromise for many water utilities.

Environmental regulation and the need for compliance are key drivers and are set to help the market grow. This is because outsourcing can be an efficient way to meet targets while limiting the investment need and passing the compliance burden to a business partner.

External partners are often now required to handle more complex requests from municipalities. The expanding demand on outsourcing partners now often includes areas in asset management, planning, and forecasting as opposed to more simple design and build contracts only.

Additionally, private outsourcing partners can be a reliable source of qualified experts to help manage and operate equipment, while municipalities themselves see an ageing workforce that is harder to replace.

The market does, however, see restraints such as the above-mentioned resistance to privatization efforts.

Private companies are bidding in a low margin environment, and this reduces interest from a wider array of market participants, especially smaller companies that are unable to handle larger, more complex projects that require greater capabilities.

Municipalities are also in a better cash position than they were previously in the global recession. This has eased the pressure to invest in cost-effective, though sometimes controversial, outsourcing agreements.

This study leverages insights from market stakeholders (outsourcing partners, industry organizations, and utilities) and secondary data to forecast market development through 2022.

Multiple outsourcing contract types are segmented and reviewed including private public partnerships: design, bid, and build; operations and maintenance; design and build; design, build, and additional services; and concessions.

Key questions this study will answer include:

How is the North American municipal water and wastewater outsourcing market performing and what are its future prospects?

What is driving and restraining the market at the moment and what are the key challenges for the market going forward?

How is the market structured and where do specific opportunities exist within it?

What are the key trends with regards to services offered by municipal partners?

What is the competitive situation within the market, who are the main participants, and how have they achieved this position?

What is the market’s current competitive structure, and how may this change over time?


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Market Overview
    • Market Definitions
    • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
    • Market Segmentation by Sector
    • Market Segmentation by Product/Service
    • Market Segmentation by Contract Type
  • Drivers, Restraints, and Challenges-Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market
    • Market Drivers
    • Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Restraints Explained
    • Industry Challenges
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Market Engineering Measurements, North America, 2015
    • Forecast Assumptions
      • Table GDP Growth Rate-Constant Prices by Country, North America, 2015-2020
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Pricing Trends and Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Country
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Country, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast by Country
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Revenue Forecast by Country, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Country
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Sector
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Sector, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Sector
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Contract Type
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Product/Service
  • Market Share and Competitive Analysis-Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market
    • Market Share Analysis
      • Table Total Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Market Share Analysis of Top 6 Participants, North America, 2015
    • Top Competitors
    • Competitive Factors and Assessment
  • Water Segment Analysis
    • Water Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Water Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, North America, 2015
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Water Segment: Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Wastewater Segment Analysis
    • Wastewater Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Wastewater Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, North America, 2015
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Wastewater Segment: Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Other Segment Analysis
    • Other Segment Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Other Segment: Market Engineering Measurements, North America, 2015
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Other Segment: Revenue Forecast, North America, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
  • Canada Analysis
    • Canada Key Findings
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Revenue Forecast, Canada, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type, Canada, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Contract Type
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service, Canada, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Product/Service
    • Market Share Analysis
  • United States Analysis
    • United States Key Findings
    • Revenue Forecast
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Revenue Forecast, United States, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Contract Type, United States, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Contract Type
    • Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service
      • Table Municipal Water and Wastewater Outsourcing Market: Percent Revenue Forecast by Product/Service, United States, 2011-2022
    • Revenue Forecast Discussion by Product/Service
    • Market Share Analysis
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • Market Engineering Methodology
    • Partial List of Companies Interviewed

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