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Potable Water (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2013

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Reference is made in this report to certain categories of expenditure which are detailed below:

Water resources fall into three main categories:

  • Resource development, which is the replacement of water resource assets, and the provision of additional capacity to improve current levels of service, and to meet future demand for potable water.

  • Reservoir safety, which is expenditure required under the Reservoirs Act (1975).

  • Aqueduct refurbishment, which refers to raw water aqueducts associated with potable water supplies.


Water treatment expenditure covers:

  • New development, which is the provision of water treatment assets to provide for new customers, and to accommodate increased use of water by existing customers.

  • Water quality (nitrates), which refers to the provision of water treatment assets or processes to comply with the requirements of the EC Directive on Drinking Water Quality in respect of nitrates.

  • Water quality (other), which is similar to that above only for parameters other than nitrates.

  • Works refurbishment, which is the replacement and preservation of water treatment assets.


Water distribution capital expenditure refers to:

  • New development, which is the provision of assets to enable distribution systems to accommodate increased usage of water by existing customers, and to provide for new customers.

  • Discolouration, which refers to work on the distribution systems necessary to comply with the Drinking Water Directive with respect to iron and colour, and undertakers' own internal standards for discolouration.

  • Bacteriological quality, which refers to work on distribution systems necessary to eliminate bacteriological problems, and problems of compliance with hygiene codes.

  • All communication pipes, which is the replacement of the pipes that connect the water main in the street to the stop tap at the customer's boundary.

  • Inadequate pressure refers to expenditure on work undertaken to comply with the target level of service relating to adequate pressure.

  • Supply interruptions, which is work undertaken to comply with the target level of service relating to interruptions to supply.

  • Other relining and renewal, which is the relining or similar renovation of distribution networks to prolong asset life, and the renewal of water distribution mains where useful life has ended not covered above.


Throughout this report the term capital expenditure refers to gross expenditure rather than investment which is more often quoted by individual companies. The report is based on the acquisition of tangible fixed assets, and for this reason, investment is segmented into the following:

  • Process plant

  • Building

  • Civil engineering

  • Other


For the Water and sewerage industry, the definitions of each area of expenditure is as follows:

  • Process plant: plant and machinery

  • Civil engineering: land and buildings, infra-structure and assets, such as water mains, sewers, impounding and raw water storage, reservoirs, dams and sea outfalls, specialised operational properties and structures including intake works, pumping stations, treatment works and bore holes

  • Building: assets in the course of consumption

  • Other: fixtures and equipment, vehicles and mobile plant and other non-operational activities

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

    • Introduction

      • Definitions
        • Methodology
          • Abbreviations
            • Market Positioning
              • UK Economy
                • Overview
                  • Inflation
                    • Interest Rates
                      • House Prices
                        • Manufacturing
                          • Business Investment
                            • Market Factors
                            • Industry Structure

                              • Chapter Summary
                                • England & Wales
                                  • Water and Sewerage Companies
                                      • Figure 1: Details of the Water and Sewerage Companies, as at March 2013
                                      • Figure 2: Turnover from Water Services in England and Wales, by Type, 2007/08-2011/12
                                    • Water Service Companies
                                      • Figure 3: Details of the Water Only Companies, as at March 2013
                                    • Scotland
                                      • Northern Ireland
                                      • Capital Expenditure

                                        • Chapter Summary
                                          • Capital Expenditure
                                            • Figure 4: Total Capital Expenditure by Water and Sewerage Companies in England & Wales, 2005-2010 and 2010-2015
                                            • Figure 5: Total Capital Expenditure by Water Only Companies in England & Wales, 2005-2010 and 2010-2015
                                            • Figure 6: Actual UK Capital Expenditure on Water and Sewerage Services, 2005/06-2010/11
                                            • Figure 7: UK Capital Expenditure on Water and Sewerage Services, 2005/04-2010/11
                                            • Figure 8: Analysis of Water Related Capital Expenditure, by Water and Sewerage Companies in England and Wales, 2006/07-2010/11
                                            • Figure 9: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure, by Water and Sewerage Companies, by Purpose, 2010/11
                                            • Figure 10: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Water Only Companies, by Type, 2010/11
                                          • Process Plant Expenditure
                                            • Figure 11: UK Capital and Process Plant Expenditure by the Water and Sewerage Industry, 2006/07-2010/11
                                          • Civil Engineering Expenditure
                                            • Figure 12: UK Capital and Civil Engineering Expenditure by the Water and Sewerage Industry, 2006/07-2010/11
                                          • Building Expenditure
                                            • Figure 13: UK Capital and Building Expenditure by the Water and Sewerage Industry, 2006/07-2010/11
                                          • Other Expenditure
                                            • Figure 14: UK Capital and Other Expenditure by the Water and Sewerage Industry, 2006/07-2010/11
                                          • Water Related Capital Expenditure in England & Wales
                                            • Figure 15: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure in England and Wales, by Water and Sewerage Companies, by Type, 2007/082010/11
                                            • Figure 16: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure in England and Wales, by Water Only Companies, by Type, 2005/062009/10
                                          • Scotland
                                            • Figure 17: Analysis of Scottish Water Capital Expenditure on Water and Sewerage Services, 2006/07-2011/12
                                          • Scottish Water is now two years into its five year investment programme. The following Figure identifies the progress made to date against ministerial objectives concerning sewerage capital expenditure in that investment programme:
                                            • Scottish Water is now two years into its five year investment programme. The following Figure identifies the progress made to date against ministerial objectives concerning sewerage capital expenditure in that investment programme:
                                        • Company Analysis

                                          • Chapter Summary
                                            • Water Holding Companies
                                              • Anglian Water Services
                                                • Figure 19: Financial Analysis of Anglian Water Services, 2008-2012
                                                • Figure 20: Anglian Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                              • The following Figure indicates recent total capital expenditure on water and sewerage by Anglian Water Services:
                                                • The following Figure indicates recent total capital expenditure on water and sewerage by Anglian Water Services:
                                                • Figure 22: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Anglian Water Services, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                              • United Utilities Water
                                                  • Figure 23: Financial Analysis of United Utilities Water, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 24: United Utilities, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 25: Total Capital Expenditure of United Utilities, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                • The company’s water capital expenditure in recent years is detailed in the following Figure, unfortunately detail is not available for 2010/11:
                                                  • The company’s water capital expenditure in recent years is detailed in the following Figure, unfortunately detail is not available for 2010/11:
                                                  • Figure 27: Financial Analysis of Northumbrian Water, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 28: Northumbrian Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                • The following Figure outlines total capital expenditure:
                                                  • The following Figure outlines total capital expenditure:
                                                  • Figure 30: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Northumbrian Water, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 31: Financial Analysis of Severn Trent Water, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 32: Severn Trent Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 33: Total Capital Expenditure of Severn Trent Water, 2007/08-2011/12
                                                • The company’s water capital expenditure in recent years is detailed in the following Figure:
                                                  • The company’s water capital expenditure in recent years is detailed in the following Figure:
                                                  • Figure 35: Financial Analysis of South West Water, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 36: South West Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 37: Total Capital Expenditure of South West Water, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 38: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by South West Water, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 39: Financial Analysis of Southern Water Services, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 40: Southern Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 41: Total Capital Expenditure of Southern Water Services, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 42: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Southern Water Services, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 43: Financial Analysis of Thames Water Utilities, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 44: Thames Water Utilities, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 45: Total Capital Expenditure of Thames Water Utilities, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 46: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Thames Water Utilities, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 47: Financial Analysis of D(r Cymru Cyfyngedig, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 48: D(r Cymru Cyfyngedig, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 49: Total Capital Expenditure of D(r Cymru Cyfyngedig, 2006/072010/11
                                                  • Figure 50: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 51: Financial Analysis of Wessex Water, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 52: Wessex Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 53: Total Capital Expenditure of Wessex Water, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 54: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Wessex Water, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 55: Financial Analysis of Yorkshire Water Services, 2008-2012
                                                  • Figure 56: Yorkshire Water, Infrastructure Details, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                  • Figure 57: Total Capital Expenditure of Yorkshire Water Services, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                • Statutory Water Companies
                                                  • Figure 58: Analysis of Water Capital Expenditure by Yorkshire Water Services, by Type, 2007/08-2010/11
                                              • Market Forecast

                                                • Chapter Summary
                                                  • Future Expenditure
                                                    • Figure 59: Annual Price Limits for 2010/2011 to 2014/2015, by Water and Sewerage Companies
                                                    • Figure 60: Annual Price Limits for 2010/2011 to 2014/2015, by Water Only Companies
                                                    • Figure 61: Average Expected Household Bill, by Water and Sewerage Companies, 2009/2010 and 2014/2015
                                                    • Figure 62: Average Expected Household Water Bill, by Water Only Companies, 2009/2010 and 2014/2015
                                                    • Figure 63: UK Population, by Region, 2011-2025
                                                  • Forecast Capital Expenditure
                                                    • Figure 64: Total Proposed Capital Expenditure by Water and Sewerage Companies in England & Wales, 2010- 2015
                                                    • Figure 65: Forecast UK Capital Expenditure on the Water and Sewerage Industry, 2010/11-2014/15
                                                    • Figure 66: Forecast Capital Expenditure for Scottish Water, 2010/2011-2014/2015
                                                    • Figure 67: Forecast Investment Programme for Northern Ireland Water, 2010/2011-2014/2015
                                                • Further Sources & Contacts

                                                  • Trade Associations & Regulatory Bodies
                                                    • Trade Magazines
                                                      • Trade Exhibitions

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                                                      Potable Water (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2013

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