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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Water & Sewage Systems

Overview: the U.S. Water & Sewage Systems Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Water & Sewage Systems: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Water & Sewage Systems industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Steam And/Or Air-Conditioning


Irrigation System User Charges

Sewer System User Charges

Electricity - Generation

Other Products

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Water & Sewage Systems company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Water & Sewage Systems industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Water & Sewage Systems measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers4%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 26%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers 6%
Meter Readers, Utilities 5%
Meter Readers, Utilities 5%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 5%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 11%
Construction Trades Workers 8%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 11%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 9%
Production Occupations 34%
Plant and System Operators 29%
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 27%
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators 27%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Water & Sewage Systems Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Western Oilfields Supply trademarks "RFR" - electronic pressure sensors - 03/02/2018
  • TST Water trademarks "CATAMOUNT" - Water filters for commercial use - 03/02/2018
  • Utilities trademarks "BERMUDA WATER COMPANY" - waste water collection for purposes of waste water treatment - 02/02/2018
  • New England Service raises $2 million in funding. - 09/26/2017
  • Ormat Technologies patents Device And Method For Minimizing The Effect Of Ambient Conditions On The Operation Of A Heat Exchanger - 09/07/2017
  • American Water Military Services patents Geothermal Heating And Cooling System - 08/31/2017
  • Enviro-Mix patents Systems And Methods For Automated Control Of Mixing And Aeration In Treatment Processes - 06/01/2017
  • Aquaback Technologies raises $4 million in funding. - 04/07/2017
  • UGSI Solutions raises $4 million in funding. - 07/15/2016

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    American Water Military Services57
    Ormat Technologies45
    Western Oilfields Supply35
    RDP Technologies16

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • SUNY Ulster offers wastewater, water system operator courses - STONE RIDGE, N.Y. >> SUNY Ulster’s wastewater treatment operator training program prepares students for entry level employment and job advancement in the public water supply or wastewater treatment industries. Students in the wastewater treatment ... (01/11/2018)
    • Malawi’s Capital to Get US$100 Million Water Upgrade - Many areas in the capital of this southeast African country are not now served by piped water, and only five percent of the population is served by a sewer system, while most residents rely on on-site sanitation systems such as pit latrines and septic tanks. (01/10/2018)
    • American Water Works Co. Inc.: Pennsylvania American Water Closes Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System - MCKEESPORT, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the wastewater system assets of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport (MACM). (01/09/2018)
    • U.S. rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk: study - Salt can also be released by floods that reach sewage systems and spill the contamination into waterways, as well as from brines at hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - operations and oil and gas sites. The salinity makes water more alkaline, or higher pH ... (01/09/2018)
    • Millions of gallons of Portland sewage still overflowing into Casco Bay - Nearly 30 percent of the revenues collected by the Portland Water District from sewer bills – which average $64.19 a ... which never favored installing a storage system under Marginal Way. As a result, the department is allowing Portland to miss its ... (01/08/2018)
    • Newly patented wastewater recycling system turns toilet water into purified drinking water (photos, graphic) - "Bill Prior approached us with this new technology, and it was perfect timing," Cochran said. "We wanted a building that looked beautiful and also was state-of-the-art." What many people might consider the highest hurdle for the Watercycle to overcome ... (01/07/2018)
    • Hyderabad: Water board to upgrade sewerage system in 2018 - HYDERABAD: After stabilising the drinking water supply successfully in Greater Hyderabad this year, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board will focus on upgrading the sewerage network in the new year to put a check to sewage overflows ... (12/31/2017)
    • Pennsylvania American Water Closes Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System - Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the wastewater system assets of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport (MACM). The purchase price is approximately ... (12/28/2017)
    • What's at stake? Inside 3 N.J. water and sewer system sales - After years of neglecting water and sewer systems, three New Jersey communities find themselves facing similar choices this Election Day: Sell their systems to private corporations and give up local control, or borrow large amounts of money and fix the ... (11/04/2017)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $348,726,101 on Water & Sewage Systems. It has awarded 3,585 contracts to 1,021 companies, with an average value of $341,553 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Water & Sewage Systems to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Steam Or Air-Conditioning
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Water & Sewage SystemsOpportunity/Threat
    Steam & Air-Conditioning Supply Competing industry
    Electric Power Generation Competing industry
    Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation Competing industry
    Electric Power Transmission, Control & Distribution Competing industry
    Electric Power Distribution Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Steam Or Air-Conditioning are less than those from Water & Sewage Systems. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Steam Or Air-Conditioning sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Steam Or Air-Conditioning Product Sales Report