Water & Sewer Utilities Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 4/1/2024
SIC Codes: 4941, 4952
NAICS Codes: 2213
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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).

Europe, Africa, and the Middle East are expected to see growth with the increased adoption of wastewater treatment projects, according to the Fortune Business Insights. The global water and wastewater treatment, which was valued at $301.77 billion in 2022, and is expected to reach $489 billion by 2029.

The US commercial water and sewer utilities industry includes about 4,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $12 billion. The commercial industry is small compared to the water and sewer services operated by many regional and local governments in the US.


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 ...

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