Asia-Pacific Membrane Waste Water Treatment (WWT) Market - Segmented by Technology, by Application, and Geography - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2018 - 2023)
Asia-Pacific accounts for 72% of the world’s total irrigated water. The market demand for membrane wastewater treatment is likely to be driven by the growing demand for freshwater and the agricultural operations in the APAC region, where, about 80% of wastewater is discharged without treatment. Countries like Vietnam and some South Asian countries are facing a severe drought due to the water scarcity and lack of wastewater treatment technologies.
Lack of Freshwater Resources
Demand for the fresh water is rising worldwide; according to the United Nations World Water Development Report 2015, the world will experience a 40% deficit in water supply by 2030. The global demand for “blue” water, excluding water demand in rain-fed agriculture, will increase by 55% from 2000 to 2050.
Water scarcity is increasing and will affect at least 1 billion people in the next 35 years in the APAC region as per MIT News. It is estimated that, by 2050 APAC will be facing severe water shortage.
The rising demand for fresh water will augment the membrane wastewater treatment market, predominantly in municipal and industrial water treatment facilities. Membrane bio-reactor, reverse osmosis, micro, ultra, and nano filtration are the widely accepted membrane technologies globally, for purifying water. Therefore, rising demand for fresh water will drive the market during the forecast period.
Reverse Osmosis – The Driving Technology
Reverse osmosis is one of the major membrane wastewater treatment processes in the 21st century. It is a membrane separation process, which prominently uses pressure to force a solution through a membrane that holds the solute and lets the pure solvent to pass. This layer is designed especially for water as a solvent. It is mainly used for desalination of seawater, and is efficient in separating solids, bacteria, and other solvents. Reverse osmosis in the APAC region is mainly used as an alternative to traditional techniques, like evaporation and distillation. With the RO technology replacing traditional technologies, it is expected to grow rapidly during the forecast period.
China the Largest Consumer of WWT
China has witnessed tremendous growth in wastewater treatment, which is expected to grow at very high rates. About two-thirds of China's underground water and a third of its surface water was unhealthy for human contact as per a survey conducted in 2015. China is planning to invest USD 609 billion a year over the next five years for sewage water treatment. There is substantial progress in the country in treating the sewage water and industrial water, which are the major factors boosting the membrane wastewater treatment market in the region.
Major Players: AECOM, AQUATECH, DOW WATER & PROCESS SOLUTIONS, MEMBRANE GROUP amongst others.
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