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Australia Water & Wastewater: Municipal Market Trends, Drivers, Forecasts

Australia Water & Wastewater: Municipal Market Trends, Drivers, Forecasts

Over 25 million people receive water services in Australia—84% of which are served by 16 major utilities serving over 100,000 connections each. The combination of extreme climate risks, growing population demand, and a water-intensive industrial footprint makes Australia a highly advanced water market and a key benchmark country for water and sewer solutions providers, globally.

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth and has an average annual rainfall of just 470mm. From 2001 to 2010, the country’s Millennium Drought put immense pressure on its water management strategy, spurring significant capital investments in technologies like desalination, reuse, and water storage to shore up water security. More importantly, it elevated water management as a critical priority—one that is often overlooked in other parts of the world.

The market continues to evolve while placing greater emphasis on investments in operational solutions like digital network monitoring, smart meters, and leakage management. As utilities seek greater efficiencies throughout the network, operating expenditures (as a share of the total) have climbed from 19% in 2009 to more than 58% in 2022.

This Insight Report provides an in-depth analysis of Australia’s municipal water market and includes CAPEX and OPEX forecasts, utility benchmarks (e.g., leakage), and an outlook. The report also highlights key trends shaping the expenditures for 82 utilities.

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