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Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth and is facing mounting challenges with regards to itsfuture water supply as rainfall levels decline and population growth and urbanization place a strain onunreliable surface water supply. BMI expects that over the long term water supply will come fromunconventional sources such as desalination and recycled water.The outlook for the Australian sector is positive as population growth and agricultural demand will supportincreases in total water consumption over the longer term, however, per capita water consumption isexpected to trend downwards over the forecast period 2013-2017. The decline in per capita household waterconsumption is set to continue as BMI is expecting water tariffs to increase as desalination, a moreexpensive water treatment process, is looking set to become increasingly common. Furthermore, withclimate change leading to lower rainfall levels the government is attempting to educate the population aboutways to conserve water, imposing restrictions on water usage such as hours between when watering of thegarden is permitted.
Industry View 7SWOT 9Political 10Economic 11Business Environment 12Industry Forecast 14Water Extraction 14Table: Water Extraction, 2011-2017 15Water Consumption 16Table: Water Consumption, 2011-2017 17Water Treatment and Sanitation 18Table: Waste Water, 2011-2017 19Market Overview 20Water Supply and Consumption 20Industry and Agriculture Water Consumption 21Table: Water Consumption, Agriculture industry mn cubic metres 2010-2011 21Distribution 22Treatment and Sanitation 22Regulations and Tariffs 23Industry Trends And Developments 25Table: Key Water Projects 27Competitive Landscape 28Government Agencies 28South East Queensland 28Sydney New South Wales 29Melbourne Victoria 29Australian Capital Territory 29Adelaide South Australia 29Global Industry Overview 30Global Water Overview 30Demographic Forecast 33Demographic Outlook 33Table: Australia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) 34Table: Australia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) 35Table: Australia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 36Table: Australia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 36Methodology 37Methodology 37