Financing Water to 2030: Charting the changing flows of public and private capital to water infrastructure

  • Published: March 29th, 2018
  • Author: Global Water Intelligence
  • Price £2,995.00 / $5,100.00
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Financing Water to 2030: 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)

Key Features

Country Profiles - A detailed look at the main financial flows and models in over 30 major water markets. Assess key investment trends and pathways, figures on water financing needs, and forecasts for growth in private finance for the next 5 years by country. Locate the greatest PPP opportunities and examine each country’s economic dynamics.

Featuring Country Profiles for:

Argentina France Mexico Singapore
Australia Germany Morocco South Africa
Brazil India Nigeria Spain
Canada Indonesia Oman Tunisia
Chile Iran Peru United Arab Emirates
China Italy Philippines United Kingdom
Colombia Japan Qatar United States
Egypt Malaysia Saudi Arabia Vietnam

Development Finance -
 As major development institutions such as the World Bank explore ‘blended finance’ and local pooled finance facilities to mobilise private sector investment across the world, we investigate the new sources of development finance emerging for water infrastructure projects. Assess institutional reform strategies for utilities and examine the guarantees & risk-mitigation tools that can help bridge the PPP bankability gap.

Institutional Profiles - A breakdown of the key statistics, organisational role, and credit ratings of 37 major development finance institutions investing in water. Use this report to analyse their key products, loan offerings and finance packages, and the different funds and tools used in project finance. Examine each institution’s historical record of water sector investment to identify ideal partners. Featuring profiles on the DFIs that provide the most finance for the water sector, including multilateral & bilateral institutions and export-import banks.

Private Finance - A global overview of the opportunities and risks in privately financed infrastructure projects, with in-depth case studies. Understand the most common types of procurement, the most-encountered project risks and lessons learned, and explore successful risk mitigation strategies for PPPs. Pinpoint growing municipal & industrial markets for PPPs and their procurement model preferences, weigh up the risks & returns on offer, and analyse different exit strategies. Identify key strategic institutional investors and understand their interests and asset portfolios.

Investment in Utilities - Explore the unique benefits and challenges of investing directly in utilities, gauge the investment hotspots and plan for upcoming changes in the utility sector. Featuring profiles on the trends in investor-owned utility markets in the USA, UK and Chile.

Water Finance Databases

Housed inside the WaterData market intelligence platform, these accompanying detailed industry databases allow you to examine finance flows and project developments in the international water market, find future business opportunities and conduct your own financial analysis.

M&A Database – Track the investment & divestment strategies of the major water industry infrastructure investors to pinpoint your next business partnership. Featuring 250 deals involving project developers, PPP projects and utilities since 2000.

PSP Database – Access a global directory of 2900 privately financed water and wastewater treatment projects to enhance your industry research. Filter the data by contract type, scope, and year to explore acquisition opportunities, research your target market’s history or better understand your competitors’ portfolios.

Utilities Database – Browse 250 investor-owned and part-privatised utilities from around the world for a critical insight into major players in the private utility sector. Filter by country, population served and scope, and view financial data for key organisations.

Private Finance Opportunities A global overview of 500 upcoming private finance opportunities in the water sector from GWI Magazine’s Project Tracker, in an accompanying downloadable spreadsheet. Includes the latest intelligence on the treatment capacity, expected cost, procurement schedule and contact details at the client.


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.


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