As Quoted In Environmental Leader
Gains will be supported by rising concerns about contaminants, chemicals, and byproducts in supply water and
wastewater, and by more stringent manufacturing requirements in process water.
US demand to rise 5.9% annually through 2017
Demand for water treatment equipment in the US is forecast to grow 5.9 percent per year to $13.0 billion in 2017.
Gains will be supported by increasing concerns about the health risks and environmental impacts of biological
contaminants, chemicals, and disinfection byproducts in supply water and wastewater, and by more stringent manufacturing
requirements in process water. Resource extraction and the commercial and residential markets are expected to be among
the fastest growing markets for water treatment equipment, while the larger municipal and manufacturing markets are
projected to expand at healthy rates.
Resource extraction market to show fastest gains
The resource extraction market is expected to show the most rapid gains among the major markets, as the treatment
requirements for produced water in oil and natural gas extraction continue to rise, and as water recycling and reuse
increase to satisfy the needs of expanded hydraulic fracturing activities. An expected rebound in mining output,
particularly for minerals, will also contribute to an increased need for water treatment equipment. Rising demand will
particularly benefit conventional filtration systems, which are the most commonly used type of equipment in the resource
The commercial and residential markets for water treatment equipment are expected to continue to recover from the
declines seen during the 2007-2009 economic recession, with demand boosted by greater consumer interest in drinking water
quality, increased consumer confidence, and expanded commercial and residential construction activities. Point-of-entry
membrane filtration, disinfection, and deionization equipment is expected to benefit the most from rising demand.
The municipal market for water treatment equipment is expected to continue to experience healthy growth through 2017.
Demand for membrane systems and disinfection equipment in the municipal market will benefit from new EPA regulations that
stipulate maximum allowable limits for disinfection byproducts, volatile organic compounds, perchlorates, and other
potentially hazardous contaminants.
The need for very high quality process water in a number of applications will support greater demand for technologies
such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and disinfection equipment. Water treatment equipment demand in
manufacturing markets will also benefit from the recycling of wastewater for reuse. While quite small in 2012, ballast
water treatment is expected to be the fastest growing market segment overall.
This study analyzes the $9.8 billion US market for water treatment equipment. It presents historical demand data for
2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product (e.g., conventional filtration, membrane equipment,
disinfection equipment), market (e.g., municipal, manufacturing, commercial and residential, resource extraction, power
generation), and application (supply water, wastewater, process water, ultrapurification, desalination).
also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 27
industry players such as General Electric, Siemens, and Pall.