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Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems

Water conservation technologies (WCTs), also referred to as water saving technologies, include water recycling or reuse systems; rainwater harvesting or stormwater retention mechanisms; irrigation system equipment, such as micro irrigation valves and drippers, water control software and water flow meters; residential and commercial point of use products, including low flow showerheads, waterless urinals and high efficiency clothes washers; and water infrastructure repair technologies, such as pipe inspecting robots and injectable pipe lining material and crack-filling products. Other technologies within the WCT market include sand dams, swine lagoon conversion systems and waterless purified air cleansing processes for industrial use.

In 2009 the WCT market reached over $88 billion worldwide. The market’s exciting growth over the past few years is expected to continue, with its water recycling and reuse sector alone experiencing a near 91% increase in market value between 2009 and 2015. Some of the major factors fueling the growth of the WCT market include a growing global demand for fresh water, increasing drought in many areas of the world, government economic incentives and project funding; more developed and less costly water conserving technologies and a strengthening of international alliances to propel water conservation around the globe.

Many different types of WCTs are being improved upon and freshly developed to keep up with the growing and varied demands of the market. The rainwater harvesting system - typically comprised of a large tank, often mounted on the side of a house or buried underground - is especially useful in regions that experience short periods of heavy rainfall along with long periods of drought. Some WCT technologies are more appropriate for use in developed areas, where economic concerns are not as great. Irrigation control software - designed to automatically monitor and control water flow from a remote location using wireless technology - is highly effective in conserving water, however can be relatively costly to implement and to manage.

Water conservation minded organizations, associations, and other types of groups are working together internationally to educate and to work with the public both in developed and underdeveloped countries to promote water conservation and to aid in implementing water conservation technologies. These groups, which cross all sectors of the market and are found in all areas of the world, are giving the WCT market a steady jolt as they rally for water conservation and help those in the industry to network and grow. The WTC market is often heavily supported by “green” coalitions - unlike many industries, which often experience strong resistance from these environmental groups.

Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems contains comprehensive historical (2005 - 2009) and forecast (2010 - 2015) data. This report identifies key trends, regulations, new technologies and economic and geographic factors affecting the direction and size of market growth in more then 25 countries. Profiles of major and cutting edge companies using WCT are also included.

Report Methodology

The information in Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems is based on data from government agencies, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Central Intelligence Agency; trade associations; business, science and law journals; company literature and websites; interviews with more than ten key individuals; and from research services and institutes from around the world.

How You Will Benefit from This Report

Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems details significant trends, numbers and technologies for a clear overview of the complex WCT market.

This report will help:

  • Managers identify market opportunities and develop implementation plans for WCT.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives, and to explore the ups and downs associated with WCT.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians access vital information.
  • Policy makers and government officials to understand the dynamics and scope of the market they are working to affect.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in WCT to help design appropriate messages and images for the market.


Market Insights: A Selection From The Report


WRR Around the World

There are a wide variety of water recycling and reuse (WRR) installations around the world, reflecting many degrees of investment. Often, the level of WRR involvement is directly related to need; however, this is not always the case. The types of projects implemented in a region are affected by many factors, such as population density, water availability, technological savvy, economic standing and political stability.

This chapter overviews the WRR scene around the world. For purposes of discussion, the global market is broken down into five regions: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia and Oceania. To better understand the WRR market of each area, water scarcity, precipitation levels, affects from climate change and other pertinent factors affecting the region’s water are discussed. Selected water recycling and reuse projects are also highlighted for each region.  

Most Water Rich Countries

Countries that are rich in water are realizing the potential of their water resources and are positioning themselves to utilize water to their advantage. Besides, economic security, being water rich also provides military security and independence from other countries.

Rainwater Harvesting Market Segment Sees 20% Growth in 2009

In the water recycling and reuse market, the total rainwater segment saw a 20% growth from 2008 to 2009, reaching $1.2 billion in 2009. Total increase in market value from 2006 to 2009 totaled over 70% growth (or an increase of $497 million), reflecting a significant incremental increase in growth each year at 18%, 19%, 19.5% and 20% respectively. The rainwater harvesting market’s industrious climb is, in part, fueled by the technology’s economic feasibility and government incentives and mandates.

In the News

Market for Water Recycling & Reuse Technologies to Reach $57 Billion in
2015 as Global Demand Intensifies

New York, August 19, 2010 - Demand for water is increasing as the world’s population grows, agricultural needs increase and developing nations become more affluent.  Unfortunately, there is not an increase in water supply to match this growing demand; in fact, as weather patterns change and water sources continue to be overused, fresh water supplies are decreasing.

The solution lies within the $29 billion water recycling and reuse (WRR) technologies market, according to SBI Energy’s latest study Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems, which examines at length the opportunities and challenges facing wastewater recycling systems, reuse greywater systems and rainwater harvesting.  Driven by the depletion of our water resources, the public’s awareness of water conservation products, government incentives and decreased implementation costs, this market is projected to experience a 16% growth rate to reach $57 billion in 2015.

Within the four main types of water treatment solutions—membrane systems, multimedia filtration systems, carbon filtration systems and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) systems—membrane systems are currently commanding 70% market share.  “Decreasing costs associated with membrane technology combined with technological advancements have broadened the ease and scope of applications within the sector,” says SBI Energy Publisher Shelley Carr.

According to the study, the value of the membrane filtration systems sector of the water recycling and reuse market increased by $4 billion in the three-year period from 2006 to 2009.  The sector is expected to continue exceptional growth and is projected to grow to $38 billion by 2015.  “From 2006 to 2015 this sector of the WRR market will more than double in value,” says SBI Energy.
Global Market for Water Recycling & Reuse: Filtration Systems contains comprehensive historical (2005 - 2009) and forecast (2010 - 2015) data. This report identifies key trends, regulations, new technologies and economic and geographic factors affecting the direction and size of market growth in more then 25 countries. Profiles of major and cutting edge companies using WCT are also included.

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Additional Materials


The Global Market for Water Recycling and Reuse: WRR Market Floods the Globe Blog Entry

The water recycling and reuse market (WRR) has experienced exciting growth, leaping from $23.35 billion in 2006 to $29.2 billion in 2009. The demand for water recycling and reuse technologies continues to increase across all market sectors: municipalities are installing water recycling systems for cities and towns dealing with water shortages; industry is looking to recycle its wastewater to abide by ever increasingly stringent regulations and codes; commercial buildings are going ‘green’ and implementing large recycling schemes as part of a ‘whole systems’ approach; residential mechanisms are being put in place to reduce consumers’ water bills and to counteract inhibitory water restrictions.

The world is facing weather changes that are dramatically affecting water resources. Glaciers are melting faster than they can be recreated and aquifers are being drained faster than they can be replenished. Much of the world’s surface water has already become depleted and polluted. Population growth and water demand are outpacing water resources. Many regions of the globe are experiencing increases in both physical and economic water scarcity. Terms such as ‘peak water’ and ‘blue gold’ are becoming more commonplace. The bottom line: water is becoming more and more valuable.

The good news is that there are solutions to the world’s water woes. The group of water recycling and reuse technologies offer one viable solution that is more desirable than many of the other options, such as water importation, desalination and increased extraction from aquifers and surface bodies of water.

Many factors around the world are fertilizing growth in the WRR market, while some major hurdles seem to be slowly disappearing. Perhaps the greatest driving factor is simply need.  It is often - not always - the case that the greater the need for WRR systems in a region, the greater the market. Other market igniters include: an increase in loosening regulations, funding programs and technical assistance from governments for water recycling and reuse ventures; more stringent regulations for industrial, commercial and municipal wastewater effluents; an increase in established guidelines, regulations and codes for the industry; and more reliable, less costly WRR technologies.

Around the world, WRR ventures take on many different appearances - from simple rain-catching jugs in northeastern Thailand to complex multi-faceted systems in New York high-rise apartment buildings. Also, a wide array of company types have a stake in the WRR arena - companies as large as General Electric Co. have developed high tech systems that are used around the globe; other companies are more narrowly focused, such as charity-based organization Excellent Development Ltd., which specializes in sand dams installations in Kenya.

The future of the WRR market is promising. With an increase in the number of large projects and an increase in the number of involved companies, the market is expected to nearly double between 2009 and 2015.

  • Executive Summary
    • Market Scope
    • Report Methodology
    • Market Overview and Regulation
      • Water Recycling and Reuse
      • Rainwater Harvesting
      • Water Conservation Policies & Ordinances Vary Widely
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Total WRR Market Value Experiences Powerful Growth
      • WRR Market Projected to Surpass 16% Growth in 2015
      • Rainwater Harvesting Market Segment Sees 20% Growth in 2009
      • Rainwater Harvesting Market Projected to Reach 22% Growth in 2015
      • Membrane Systems Dominate WRR Market Share
      • Membrane Filtration Systems Sector Growth
    • Factors in Market Size and Growth
      • Blue Gold
      • Government Incentives and Contracts Fuel Market Growth
      • Government Regulations Affect WRR Industry Dramatically
      • Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Go Hand in Hand
      • Water Demand Increases; Water Supplies Decrease
      • Developing Countries Often Lack Infrastructure to Support WRR
    • Technological Innovations and Schemes
      • WRR Technology
      • Water Treatment Solutions
      • WRR in the Automotive Industry
      • WRR in the Oil Industry
      • WRR in Semiconductor Plants
      • Chemical Free Dolphin Series Surprisingly Simple
    • Around the World
      • WRR Around the World
      • Water Use Worldwide
    • Most Water Rich Countries
      • Table Top Ten Water Rich Countries, In Terms Of The World’s Total Freshwater Resources
      • Table The Top Ten Water Rich Countries
  • Market Overview and Regulation
    • Water: Our Most Precious Resource
      • What Are Water Conservation Technologies?
      • Water Recycling and Reuse
    • Rainwater Harvesting
    • Dual Plumbing
    • Monitors and Controllers
    • Water Conservation Policies & Ordinances Vary Widely
    • Rainwater Harvesting Not Always Legal
    • WHO's Wastewater, Excreta and Greywater Policy
    • International Plumbing Code Affects Greywater Recycling
    • The World Green Building Council
    • United Nations Global Compact/Global CEO Compact
    • Global Water Initiative
    • World Water Council
    • Water Privatization
    • Water Tariffs Regulate Water Usage
  • Market Size and Growth
    • Total WRR Market Value Experiences Powerful Growth
    • WRR Market Projected to Surpass 16% Growth in 2015
    • Rainwater Harvesting Market Segment Sees 20% Growth in 2009
    • Rainwater Harvesting Market Projected to Reach 22% Growth in 2015
      • Membrane Systems Dominate WRR Market Share
    • Membrane Filtration Systems Sector Growth
    • Multimedia Filtration Systems Sector
    • Zero Liquid Discharge Systems Sector
    • Carbon Filtration Systems Sector
    • Other WRR Systems
    • Worldwide WRR Market Share Not an Even Pie
    • Membrane Filtration Dominates in Eight of Top Ten Countries
    • Potential WRR Market Growth Huge
  • Factors in Market Size and Growth
    • Blue Gold
    • Government Incentives and Contracts Fuel Market Growth
    • Awards and Recognition
    • Conferences, Expositions, Trade Shows, Fairs and Workshops
    • Water Conservation Groups Around the World
    • Government Restrictions on Water Use
    • Government Regulations Affect WRR Industry Dramatically
    • Local Rebate Programs
    • Water `Footprints' Scrutinized
    • Public Education Essential to Market Growth
    • Youth Outreach Ensures WRR Market's Future
    • Universities at Helm of WRR Trend
    • Green Communities Use WRR
    • Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Go Hand in Hand
    • Water Demand Increases; Water Supplies Decrease
    • Water Pollution Limits Clean Water Supply
    • Groundwater and Surface Water Disappearing
    • Physical Water Scarcity vs. Economic Water Scarcity
    • Developing Countries Often Lack Infrastructure to Support WRR
    • WRR: A Necessary Measure in Many Areas
    • The Price of Water to Fluctuate and Increase
    • The Costs of Greywater Reuse Systems
    • The Costs of Water Recycling Systems
    • The Costs of Rainwater Harvesting Systems
    • Some Regions Use Price Control to Manage Water
    • Water Economics
    • Some Fear Climate Change Will Reduce Water Supply
    • Peak Water May Be a Reality
    • Water Shortages Create Environmental Refugees
    • Increasing Affluence in Developing Countries
    • Contractor Involvement Helpful to Market Growth
    • Plumbers Play Large Role in Market Growth
    • The `Yuck' Factor of Water Recycling
    • Health Dangers of Rainwater Harvesting
    • Rainwater Harvesting Has Limits
    • The `Green' Trend Sometimes Has Bad Rap
    • WRR Often Grouped With Other Green Technologies
    • WRR: Proactive or Reactive?
    • WRR Industry Has Few Environmental Enemies
    • Other Water Saving Technologies & Water Conserving Schemes
      • Infrastructure Repair
      • Point of Use Products
      • Irrigation Equipment
      • Desalination
      • Native Landscaping
  • Technological Innovations and Schemes
    • WRR Technology
    • Water Recycling and Reuse Systems
    • Rainwater Harvesting Systems
    • Water Storage Tank Options
    • Water Treatment Solutions
    • WRR in the Automotive Industry
    • WRR in the Oil Industry
    • WRR in Semiconductor Plants
    • Rainwater for Rain Gardens
      • Sand Dams
    • International Space Station Uses Extreme WRR
    • Chemical Free Dolphin Series Surprisingly Simple
    • Golf Course Uses Membrane Bioreactor to Recycle Water
    • Air2Air Water Recovery Systems
    • General Mills Reduces Water Usage by 46%
    • California Park Saves 3 Million Gallons of Water per Year
    • Frito-Lay Uses Multiple Creative Strategies to Conserve Water
    • Bottled Wastewater?
    • IDRC Develops Water Reclamation Kit
    • Karnataka's Giant Rainwater Harvesting Ploy
    • Gibraltar's Rain Harvesting Scheme Begun in 1903
    • New York High Rises Recycle Water
    • Aquifer Recharge in Orange County, California
    • Winery to Reduce Water Use by 70%
    • GE's Mobile Recycling Units
  • Around the World
    • WRR Around the World
    • Fresh Water Supplies Worldwide
    • Water Use Worldwide
    • Population Growth Does Not Flow with Water Availability
      • Table 20 Most Populated Countries 2010 - 2025, Percent Change
    • Most Water Rich Countries
      • Table Top Ten Water Rich Countries, In Terms Of The World’s Total Freshwater Resources
      • Table The Top Ten Water Rich Countries
    • The World's Rainfall
    • Water in Developed and Developing Countries
    • Water Wars
    • Countries Join Forces and Put Aside Differences for Water
    • North America
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: North America
    • South America
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: South America
    • Europe
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: Europe
    • Africa
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: Africa
    • Asia
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: Asia
    • Middle East
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: Middle East
    • Australia & Oceania
      • Water Outlook
      • Water Recycling and Reuse: Australia and Oceania
  • Company Strategies
    • Large Variety of Companies Make up WRR Market
    • General Electric Company
      • Table General Electric Co Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • Veolia Environnment S.A.
      • Table Veolia Environnment S.A.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • Siemens AG
      • Table Siemens Corporation Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • American Water Works Company, Inc.
      • Table American Water Works Company, Inc.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • Sembcorp Industries Ltd.
      • Table Sembcorp Industries Ltd.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • Sydney Water Corporation
      • Table Sydney Water Corporation Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • BioBox South Africa
      • Table BioBox South Africa Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
      • WRR Ventures
    • Water Rhapsody South CC
      • Table Water Rhapsody Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Rainwater Harvesting Portfolio
    • Bord na Móna Plc.
      • Table Bord na Móna Plc.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Portfolio
    • Nubian Water Systems Pty Ltd.
      • Table Nubian Water Systems Pty Ltd.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Portfolio
      • Greywater Ventures
    • Wahaso - Water Harvesting Solutions, Inc.
      • Table Wahaso - Water Harvesting Solutions, Inc.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • WRR Ventures
    • Excellent Development Ltd.
      • Table Excellent Development Ltd.Profile
      • Corporate Overview
      • Performance
      • Sand Dams
  • Addresses of Selected Marketers

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