Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Demand for water has remained high, as droughts and other dry weather conditions created a need for it. Nevertheless, during the recession, private firms stepped in to acquire struggling operators and expanded their stake in the industry by upgrading aging assets for a profit. In the next five years, mergers and aquisitions will remain a major component of the industry. Firms that buy struggling companies will invest in making water supply assets more efficient, which will likely lead to further rate increases and higher revenue for the industry... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
The industry has moderate barriers to entry, which include substantial capital requirements, access to contractual work and skilled labour. Municipalities contract water collection, treatment and distribution services. Therefore, industry operators must effectively compete for these contracts, which can range from two years to perpetuity. This circumstance can be difficult for potential entrants that would have to compete with existing firms with established brands.
Capital costs are another significant barrier. The industry is capital intensive; companies must acquire, maintain and update specialized technical equipment... purchase to read more