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Advanced Opportunities in the Urban Water Infrastructure Market in APAC, 2019

  • Report

  • 119 Pages
  • December 2019
  • Region: Asia Pacific
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4895294

Rapid Urbanization, Increasing Population, and Efficiency Requirements are Driving the Need for Improvement in Urban Water Infrastructure

Urban water infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is witnessing enormous investments in order to cater to the needs of the growing population and to address the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, and climate change.

Key investments in the region are towards the replacement of old pipes, expansion of existing pipe network, water treatment, water reclamation, storm water harvesting, quake resilience, development of smart water grids and improving consumer infrastructure.

Climate change policies and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to clean drinking water and sanitation are encouraging APAC countries (and others globally as well) to invest in developing adequate infrastructure and provide sanitation facilities for their citizens.

Aging infrastructure in most of the countries presents yet another avenue for investments and market entry.

Developed nations within the region are shifting towards complete digitalization of water assets and establishing smart water grids, while developing nations are more focused on building the necessary infrastructure to provide safe and reliable drinking water and sanitation facilities.

With smart cities being a new focus across APAC, many new advanced infrastructure development opportunities have arisen or are expected to come up in the coming years. As a result, advanced water infrastructure such as membrane technology-based water/wastewater treatment, improved energy efficiency, smart metering, data analytics and predictive/preventive systems are seeing increased acceptance within the region. Furthermore, digital water sets the foundation for the application of data science and augmented intelligence techniques to business problems which will enable accurate real-time monitoring and quality control of water assets.

On the other hand, the water sector in APAC is underfunded and is highly dependent on official development assistance (ODA) funding and FDI to propel development and growth. For example, the massive Chinese water market has more than 10% of its projects funded by FDIs. Nonetheless, investors are especially cautious about investing in essential infrastructure sectors such as water and power since these projects are often the first to face citizen backlash and, consequent, heavy-handed government action. Another major deterrent of digitalization of any sector in general is the loss of jobs - utilities that are protective of their human assets may think twice even when the benefits outweigh the costs of digitalization in order to protect jobs.

Key growth opportunities in this market would be the need for integration and convergence of ICT solutions and business processes and value-add services to promote the use of smart devices in consumer infrastructure. Countries covered in this study include India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Key Highlights - 2019
  • Top 5 Predictions - 2020

2. Research Scope
  • Scope of the Study
  • Definitions

3. Urban Water Infrastructure Market Overview
  • UWI System
  • Market Value Chain
  • Market Value Chain - Discussion
  • Overview of Urban Population Growth and Urbanization
  • Position of APAC Countries in terms of GDP Growth and Urbanization Rate
  • Key Trends Favoring Smart Water Grid Deployment
  • Smart Water Infrastructure Funding Initiatives

4. APAC UWI Market Dynamics
  • Water Stress Stimulates the Need for More Optimized UWI
  • Smart City Provides Opportunity for Advanced Water Infrastructure
  • Technological Innovation Leading to Energy Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Systems Promotes Digitalization of Water Assets
  • Lack of Adequate Reserves Delays the Development of Infrastructure
  • Regional Geopolitics and Resultant Market Uncertainty
  • Disadvantages Associated with Advanced Technologies Deter Expenditure on Water Infrastructure

5. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: Singapore
  • Public Utilities Board (PUB)
  • Holistic Approach to Water Supply
  • SMART Singapore
  • Case Study - Water Management
  • Singapore - Future Potential

6. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: Malaysia
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Holistic Revamp of the Industry
  • Case Study - Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to Reduce NRW
  • Malaysia - Future Potential

7. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: The Philippines
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Increased Coverage
  • Case Study - PPP to Gain Efficiencies
  • The Philippines - Future Potential

8. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: Thailand
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Expansion of Pipe Network
  • Case Study - PBCs to Gain Efficiencies
  • Thailand - Future Potential

9. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: Vietnam
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Improved Efficiency and Expansion of Pipe Network
  • Case Study - Private Sector Partnership in a Strongly Centralized Economy
  • Vietnam - Future Potential

10. Regional Trends - Southeast Asia: Indonesia
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Expansion of Pipe Network
  • Case Study - PPP in Jakarta: Key Points of Success or Failure
  • Indonesia - Future Potential

11. Regional Trends - East Asia: Japan
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Network
  • Case Study - Tokyo Waterworks PPP for Customer Services
  • Japan - Future Potential

12. Regional Trends - East Asia: South Korea
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Building a Sustainable and Smart Water Infrastructure
  • Case Study -  South Korea’s Water Challenges and How It has been Meeting Them
  • South Korea - Future Potential
  • Regional Trends - Oceania: Australia
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Infrastructure
  • Case Study - PPP in Building the Desalination Plant in Victoria
  • Australia - Future Potential

13. Regional Trends - Oceania: New Zealand
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Rehabilitation of Existing Infrastructure
  • Case Study - PPP in Infrastructure Projects in New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Future Potential

14. Regional Trends - India
  • UWI - Current Status
  • Initiatives and Plans
  • Building Water Infrastructure
  • Case Study - 24/7 Water Supply, with the First PPP in Karnataka
  • India - Future Potential

15. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity 1 - Integration and Convergence of ICT Solutions and Business Processes
  • Growth Opportunity 2 - Value-add Services to Promote the Use of Smart Devices in Consumer Infrastructure
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

16. Conclusion
  • The Last Word - 3 Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

17. Appendix
  • List of Exhibits