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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Water & Sewer Line Construction

Overview: the U.S. Water & Sewer Line Construction 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 & Sewer Line Construction: 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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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
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

Construction Services Breakdown

The following products and services account for the largest source of revenues in the Water & Sewer Line Construction industry. Note that there are multiple levels of classification, so some line items are contained within other lines.

Type of Construction Total Sales ($ millions) New Construction ($ millions) Additions, Alterations, and Reconstruction ($ millions) Maintenance & Repair ($ millions)



Building construction, total


Manufacturing and industrial warehouses


Office buildings


Stores, restaurants, automobile service stations, parking garages, and other commercial buildings


Health care and institutional buildings


Other building construction


Nonbuilding construction, total


Highways, streets, and related work, such as public sidewalks, curbs, guardrails and signs


Private driveways and parking areas, except garages


Bridges and elevated highways




Sewers, water mains, and related facilities


Sewers, sewer lines, septic systems, and related facilities


Water mains, storage, wells, and related facilities


Oil and gas pipelines, pumping stations, storage tanks, and mains


Power and communication transmission lines, cables, towers, and related facilities


Power plants


Sewage and water treatment plants


Conservation and development construction, such as dams, drainage canals and flood control projects


Other nonbuilding construction


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.

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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 & Sewer Line Construction 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 & Sewer Line Construction 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 & Sewer Line Construction 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 Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 54%
Supervisors of Construction and Extraction Workers 7%
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 7%
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 7%
Construction Trades Workers 42%
Construction Laborers 20%
Construction Laborers 20%
Construction Equipment Operators 10%
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 10%
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters 7%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 18%
Line Installers and Repairers 10%
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Water & Sewer Line Construction Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Turn-Key Tunneling trademarks "TURN-KEY TUNNELING INC." - Construction and construction management of tunnels and underground structures - 12/02/2014
  • Murphy Pipeline Contractors trademarks "COMPRESSIVE FIT" - Pressure pipe lining services for others using high density polyethylene and polymers; Repair and maintenance of installed pressure pipes and conduits; Providing information in the field of pipe; Building, construction, repair and maintenance services related to pipes and plumbing fixtures; coating for others on pipes and plumbing fixtures; Repair, reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing conduits, pipelines, potable water pipes and passageways - 11/14/2014

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Turn-Key Tunneling
    Murphy Pipeline Contractors

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Broken Pipes, Broken System - In mid-November, Terry Tobey stood in the pouring rain, staring solemnly at a ravine spouting a stream of sewage water as it cascaded ... a private contractor to repair sewer lines, despite the fact the contractor, Andes Construction, has a record of ... (01/11/2018)
    • A look ahead: Officials share what’s big for 2018 in Gretna - The city installed a water main on Highway 370 from 192nd to 183rd streets for the Aspen Creek housing developments and two new Gretna schools, as well as other future developments along the corridor. The city also began construction of a sewer line from ... (01/11/2018)
    • Water rates rising about $4 per month for El Paso homes just as other utilities increase - John Balliew, El Paso Water chief executive officer, stands near the Memphis Avenue water-storage tank under construction last September ... $69.2 million for replacement of water and sewer lines throughout the city; and $15.1 million for stormwater ... (01/11/2018)
    • Traffic advisories, week of Jan. 8 - 240 Reservoir Drive — tank construction; lane closures. • Dunbar/Carver neighborhoods — sewer line inspection; expect delays in area. • Laurel Acres Court — water line replacement; lane closures. (01/11/2018)
    • Water and sewer pipe work underway in downtown PT - Water and sewer lines are being worked on, and Jefferson Transit bus schedules are to be altered as construction crews tackle the $2.3 million Water Street Enhancement Project, which is expected to be completed sometime in May or June. Motorists should ... (01/10/2018)
    • Road closures continue for repairs - Bracey said the Sanitary Board has hired Huntington construction company CJ Hughes to make ... are without service due to the repairs. Once the sewer line is repaired, Martin said the water company will need to repair its 12-inch cast-iron water main ... (01/09/2018)
    • Why certain projects in fast-growing South End, SouthPark could face construction delays - But Charlotte Water analyzes those petitions based on line connections and availability ... said the builder has had no issues with sewer capacity during the initial phase of construction. Pulte is planning to build 96 townhouses in two phases, with ... (01/03/2018)
    • Rates increase to fund major water, sewer projects - Construction work will start soon on a 30-inch-diameter water transmission line from the Riverside Treatment ... and $3 million for miscellaneous sewer line improvements. “We are going to look at where we are doing a lot of maintenance,” Tyer said. (01/03/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $505,828,622 on Water & Sewer Line Construction. It has awarded 2,801 contracts to 760 companies, with an average value of $665,564 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Construction management, water and sewage treatment plant, Water pumping or lift station construction, Sanitary sewer construction, Hydrant and flushing hydrant installation, Pumping station, water and sewage system, construction, Distribution line, sewer and water, Utility line (i.e., sewer, water), Sewer main, pipe and connection, Lagoon, sewage treatment construction, Water main and line construction, Aqueduct construction, Water treatment plant construction, Artesian well construction, Sewer construction, Water sampling station installation, Fire hydrant installation, Water filtration plant construction, Sewage collection and disposal line construction, water and sewer line, Irrigation project construction (except lawn), Water well drilling, digging, boring or sinking (except water intake wells in oil and gas fields), Drilling water wells (except water intake wells in oil and gas fields), Capping of water wells, Sewage treatment plant construction, Geothermal drilling, Reservoir construction, Water system storage tank and tower construction, Water well pump and well piping system installation, Sewage disposal plant construction, Storm sewer construction, Water desalination plant construction, etc.

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