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Financing Water to 2030

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  • 943 Pages
  • March 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Global Water Intelligence
  • ID: 4517106

Charting the Changing Flows of Public and Private Capital to Water Infrastructure

The paradigm for financing water infrastructure is changing. As the need for investment is becoming more urgent, governments are finding themselves increasingly constrained by their over stretched balance sheets. At the same time demographic change is driving demand for investments which can deliver a steady yield with a low degree of risk - the kind of profile that only water can offer. All of these trends point in the same direction: the growth of private investment in the water infrastructure sector.

Yet obstacles remain. Many utilities remain heavily subsidised and uninvestible. Political opposition to private ownership and control of water remains strong in some areas. Overall water infrastructure remains an immature asset class from an investment perspective. Financing Water to 2030 assesses the scale of the potential opportunity and guides investors around the opportunities - and pitfalls - of the market.

The biggest opportunity, but potentially also the most difficult to realise lies within Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. With just $200 billion of new federal money on offer, much of the heavy lifting will need to be done by the private sector. More immediately accessible is Saudi Arabia’s $35 billion water privatisation programme which will see the sale of its desalination fleet, as well as concession arrangements for its water and wastewater networks, with private finance being brought in to expand the wastewater treatment capacity. In the UK, investors are getting ready for the 2020-25 spending review period. The outcome could send shockwaves through the system. With countries as disparate as Japan, Argentina, Vietnam and Nigeria all looking to tap private investment to build their water infrastructure, this report acts as an invaluable companion to anyone looking to make the most of what is on offer.

The relevance of the changing funding mechanism stretches far beyond investors. It has implications right across the water supply chain, as new financial models entail new procurement models. This is nowhere more true than in emerging markets where the increased use of blended finance driven by the World Bank and other development finance institutions is likely to open out the supply chain in a way that never happened before.

Financing Water to 2030 and its accompanying databases provide you with a detailed understanding of how capital flows in the water sector will change in the next 10 years, and where the finance sources & private sector opportunities for water are now. The digital report examines how much investment is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation, and the potential sources of this investment. It analyses the financial models, organisations, and risks at play in infrastructure finance allowing you to find the most viable markets and investment strategies for your organisation, as the world acts to harness the potential of private finance in water.


  • Current water sector spending by different sources and forecasts of the changes to 2030.
  • 5-year private capital expenditure & total capital expenditure forecasts by country.
  • Breakdowns of current water spending levels and forecasts of 2030 investment needs by country.

Digital (PDF) Report + 4 Accompanying Databases (Featuring more than 500 M&A transactions, nearly 2900 historic private finance projects, 250 private utilities over 500 upcoming private finance project opportunities)

An Essential Resource for:

  • Developers and EPC Contractors - Scope out all available finance sources and major investors for the global water sector and stay up to date with investment trends & prospects for PPPs in your target markets. Learn how to tailor deals to incorporate development finance. Identify the markets with the highest expenditure forecasts for the next decade, so you can expand your global presence, find key infrastructure projects, and tap into new markets.
  • Infrastructure Funds/Water Finance Specialists - Get a detailed global picture of private finance models and opportunities in the water sector, including in brownfield and greenfield projects in the secondary market, and understand strategies for securing long-term stable returns.
  • Investment Banks - Gain a crucial overview of investor opportunities in water on a global and country level. Understand how development finance can support private water projects and evaluate the bankability of clients & projects in the municipal utility sector.
  • Development Finance Institutions - Learn how to mobilise private developers and investors for projects in the water sector. Understand the risks for developers and use case studies to identify successful risk mitigation strategies.
  • Utilities - Understand how your organisation can act as an ideal client, and successfully manage infrastructure project risks. Assess different procurement models and use detailed private finance case studies to build your strategy for successful partnerships.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents - Summary

  • Publication Information
  • Executive Summary
  • Introducing Water Finance
  • Market Spotlight: Australia
  • Market Spotlight: Brazil
  • Market Spotlight: Canada
  • Market Spotlight: Chile
  • Market Spotlight: China
  • Market Spotlight: Colombia
  • Market Spotlight: Egypt
  • Market Spotlight: France
  • Market Spotlight: Germany
  • Market Spotlight: India
  • Market Spotlight: Indonesia
  • Market Spotlight: Iran
  • Market Spotlight: Italy
  • Market Spotlight: Japan
  • Market Spotlight: Malaysia
  • Market Spotlight: Mexico
  • Market Spotlight: Morocco
  • Market Spotlight: Nigeria
  • Market Spotlight: Oman
  • Market Spotlight: Peru
  • Market Spotlight: Philippines
  • Market Spotlight: Qatar
  • Market Spotlight: Saudi Arabia
  • Market Spotlight: Singapore
  • Market Spotlight: South Africa
  • Market Spotlight: Spain
  • Market Spotlight: Tunisia
  • Market Spotlight: United Arab Emirates
  • Market Spotlight: United Kingdom
  • Market Spotlight: United States
  • Market Spotlight: Vietnam
  • Development Finance: Introduction
  • Development Finance: Multilateral Organisations
  • Development Finance: Bilateral Organisations
  • Private Finance: Reaching the Opportune Moment
  • Private Finance: Market Trends
  • Private Finance: Investment Opportunities in Industries
  • Private Finance: Case Studies
  • Private Finance: Introduction to Investor-Owned Utilities
  • Private Finance: Investor-Owned Utilities – United Kingdom
  • Private Finance: Investor-Owned Utilities – United States
  • Private Finance: Investor-Owned Utilities – Chile
  • Private Finance: Market Players

*Full Table of Contents is available to download in the Samples tab.



Companies Mentioned

  • Abengoa
  • Almar Water Solutions
  • Fcc Aqualia
  • Suez
  • Veolia
  • Acciona
  • Acwa Power
  • Bewg
  • Metito
  • Itochu
  • Marubeni
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mitsui
  • Sumitomo