Business ValuationIndustry ResourcesIndustry OutlookFinancial RatiosSalary SurveysEconomic DataMore Resources

Water Companies and Utilities

SIC 4941 | NAICS 221300

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

Select from the following sections or scroll below to view available resources:

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

For guides to other industries, see our index of over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Water Supply & Irrigation Systems  (view report)
Sewage Treatment Facilities  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Environmental Business International, Inc.
Waterview Report: Water & Wastewater Markets
Comprehensive report analyzes the current state and future of the industry by sector, with topics covered including market data breakdowns and forecasts and the latest trends and strategies. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

First Research

Water and Sewer Utilities
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

American Water Works Association
Extensive library of publications covering all aspects of the industry including industry statistics (search for "stats") and benchmarks (search for "benchmark").

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Water Companies and Utilities / Sewage Treatment Facilities  Search for "2213"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

National Association of Water Companies
Financial Summary Report
Select "Publications" and search product description for "financial"
Financial summary for investor-owned companies based on member survey responses.

National Association of Water Companies
Financial and Operating Data Report
Select "Publications" and search product description for "financial"
Financial and operating data for investor-owned utilities based on member survey responses.

American Water Works Association
Benchmarking Performance Indicators for Water and Wastewater Utilities: Annual Survey Data and Analysis Report  Search for "benchmarking"
Data is collected from water and wastewater utilities in 22 key areas of operations and management. The data provide benchmarks to help utilities improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness. Utility managers use this information to determine where their utility performance resides within the industry peer group.

Compensation Surveys

American Water Works Association
Water Utility Compensation Survey  Search for "compensation"
Survey contains information on salary data for 45 job positions. Data is summarized by type of ownership, size, location, and average gallons managed.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Water Utilities Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI AssessorĀ®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

Business Valuation Resources

National Association of Water Companies
Information resources available from this organization include:

Valuation Workbook / Valuing A Water Utility
Select "Publications" and search product description for "valuation"
Publication addresses latest issues in the industry, and how they relate to a company's value, the analysis of historical financial and operating data, estimating future earnings, valuation methodologies, and more. For more information on this publication and other publications focused this topic, see

FinMod: Valuation Model for Water Utilities
Select "Publications" and search product description for "valuation"
Excel-based model uses 12 valuation methods that can be applied to water utilities of all sizes. For more information on this model and other publication focused on this topic, see