International Water Companies

Introduction

The past decade has seen the growth of a new phenomenon - the international water company. With the increasing privatisation of water services, either through the outright acquisition of water related infrastructure or through concession contracts, several companies have been engaged in aggressive growth programmes aimed at ensuring increasing global market share and increased shareholder profits derived from the business of providing water services. This section of The Water Page provides an overview of the current status of international water companies and gives an insight into some of the current debates related to privatisation, regulation, the urban/rural divide and globalisation.

The phenomenon of the international water company is not welcomed by all. There are those who are very strong and powerful proponents of the involvement of the private sector, who advocate deregulation and the opening of markets, and there are those who regard the phenomenon with grave concerns as opening vast numbers of people to further exploitation. Different opinions are given expressed in the section.

Facts and figures

 

Seven sets of information are provided below. They are provided to give a "snap shot" of the current situation. All of the information has been derived from official documents (latest Annual Reports etc.), most of which have been accessed via the Internet. The information is provided in graphic of table form and includes the following:

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Geographical Location Where Companies are Operating

Private Water Companies - where do they operate?
Companies operating water & sewerage services outside of their home countries

International Water Companies on the Continents

Europe

Asia

Mid-East & North Africa

Latin America

North America

Australia

Sub-Saharan Africa

Thames Water

AWG

ONDEO

ONDEO

Vivendi

ONDEO

Thames Water

ONDEO

ONDEO

Vivendi

American Water

Azurix

Vivendi

Vivendi

Vivendi

Vivendi

SAUR

Vivendi

United Water

.

ONDEO

AGBAR

Thames Water

.

AGBAR

ONDEO

.

SAUR

SAUR

.

.

SAUR

Aquarion

.

.

.

.

.

AWG

American Water

.

.

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Privatized Water & Sanitation Services

Proportion of Water & Sanitation Services Privatized
1997 & 2010 projected

Region

% Privatized, 1997

% Privatized, 2010

Value of privatized market
(US$, billions)

Western Europe*

20

35

10

Central & East Europe

4

20

4

North America

5

15

9

Latin America

4

60

9

Africa

3

33

3

Asia

1

20

10

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International Investment

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Number of People Served

Who supplies the water
The number of people served - water supply and sanitation (Millions)

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Income, Profit, & Size of International Companies

Income, Profit & Size of Major International Water Companies

Parent Company

Principle wholly owned subsidiaries

Turnover
(US$ million)

Operating Profit
(US$ million)

Employees

Vivendi

.

48,430

2,883

290,000

.

Vivendi Environment (was Generale des Eaux)

24,645

1,763

215,000

.

Water division

11,904

N/A

67,000

SUEZ

.

31,620

3,522

173,200

.

ONDEO (was Lyonnaise Des Eaux)

8,463

1,953

17,670

RWE

.

43,700

2,418

172,000

.

Thames Water (includes subsidiaries)

3,998

1,358

23,000

Bouyges

.

17,725

1,370

120,000

.

SAUR

2,231

108

23,000

AWG

.

1,810

450

10,022

.

Anglian Water

1,080

439

7000

Kelda

.

1,001

335

N/A

.

Yorkshire Water

797

315

3000

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Turnover of International Operations

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Major Companies & Foreign Subsidiaries

Major International Water Companies & Their Foreign Subsidiaries
Only subsidiaries in which company has greater than a 50% share shown (Name followed by country - see country codes below)

Parent Company

Vivendi(France)

Suez(France)

RWE(Germany)

Bouyges(France)

Kelda(UK)

Water Division

Vivendi Environment

ONDEO

Thames Water

SAUR

Yorkshire Water

Subsidiaries

US Filter (USA)

AGBAR (ESP)

American Water (USA)

Aquatech (CAN)

Alcontrol BV (NLD)

Aqua Alliance (USA)

Northumbrian Water (UK)

Azurix (USA)

Dynamco (UK)

Aquarion (USA)

PSG (USA)

United Water (USA)

Wessex Water (UK)

Emalsa (ESP)

Canadian Clean Water (CAN)

Aguas de Aconquija (ARG)

Aguas de Limeira (BRA)

Bovis Thames (CHN)

Guestagua (ESP)

Henrici Melieulaboratoriu (NLD)

Aguas de Jaen (ESP)

Aguas Decima (CHL)

FB Leopold (USA)

Rossa (RUS)

Alcontrol GmbH (DEU)

Aguas del Sauce (URY)

Aguas Provinciales de Santa Fe (ARG)

Hydro-Aerobics (USA)

Sigesa (ITA)

Folkestone & Dover Water (UK)

Aqua Toscana (ITL)

Kelantan (MYS)

Senegalaise de Eaux (SEN)

Ibersade (ESP)

Aquasystems (SVN)

Sodeci (CIV)

MSG (GMB)

Calgon (USA)

Oewa (DEU)

Essex & Suffolk (UK)

OK Wasser (DEU)

Eurawasser (DEU)

OMSA (MEX)

GGA (ESP)

SEEG (GAB)

JMM-OSI (USA)

Servitec (HUN)

Lde (ISR)

United Water (AUS)

Lydec (MAR)

Palya (IDN)

Sino-French Water (CHN)

Country Codes

ARG: Argentina

DEU: Germany

ITA: Italy

MYS: Malaysia

UK: United Kingdom

BRA: Brazil

ESP: Spain

ISR: Israel

MAR: Morocco

USA: United States

CAN: Canada

GMB: Gambia

IDN: Indonesia

RUS: Russia

URY: Uruguay

CIV: Ivory Coast

HUN: Hungary

MEX: Mexico

SVN: Slovenia