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Backflow Preventers Market

Backflow Preventers Market By Product Type (Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker, Pressure Vacuum Breaker), Material (Stainless Steel, Plastic, Ductile Iron), End Use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial) & Region - Forecast to 2021- 2031

Backflow Preventers Market By Product Type (Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker, Pressure Vacuum Breaker), Material (Stainless Steel, Plastic, Ductile Iron), End Use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial) & Region - Forecast to 2021- 2031

Backflow Preventers Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

About the Report

[250 Pages Report] Water treatment and water supply infrastructure have witnessed substantial growth in recent years and the trend is expected to persist over the forecast period. The rapidly growing urban population and the subsequent increase in the demand for water supply have augmented the adoption of backflow prevention systems across the globe.

In its new study, ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) offers insights about key factors driving demand for backflow preventers. The report tracks the global sales of backflow preventers in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the end use industries in general, and backflow preventers in particular.

How the Historical and Future Outlook of Backflow Preventers Market Compare?

Historically backflow preventers were made of brass and ductile iron. Nowadays, stainless steel backflow preventers dominate the global market in terms of volume and value shares. Furthermore, use of plastic materials has emerged as an ongoing trend. Plastic material backflow preventers are durable, non-corrosive, quite affordable and easy to maintain. The lifetime cost of a plastic backflow is far less than in the designs of the past. In present times, entire assembly of backflow prevention device manufactured with new composite materials can equal the costs of one part of the assembly in older models.

Several advances in composites materials, complex polymers and nylon fibers have resulted in establishing plastic backflows as a suitable alternative solutions to brass materials. Also increasing incidents of theft are compelling consumers to install low cost backflow preventers. Plastic backflow is considered to be of little use to thieves owing to its negligible value in the materials from recycling standpoint

Governments in developed economies are increasingly investing in the water infrastructure development. Furthermore, the mandatory use of backflow prevention devices with annual checks for maintenance especially in residential applications will continue offering lucrative opportunities for growth.

According to the study, backflow preventers sales is poised to recover following a period of negative sales amid COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

The demand for backflow preventers is increasing at a higher rate in developing countries such as India, China, and other. Owing to the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the production and supply chain activities has seen a minor slump yet the consumption will improve with the economic recovery post the containment of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe impact on the global economy at various levels.  The backflow preventers market growth is also projected to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis owing to project delays and cancellations. With a number of end users affected in regions such as North America, Europe and East Asia, the supply and shortage in demand are expected to result in a minor drop in Y-O-Y growth. Despite this, FMI forecasts the global backflow preventers market to grow at 3.4% CAGR through 2031.

What is the Commercial Potential of Backflow Preventers?

Backflow prevention is in general also referred to as cross-connection control. A backflow prevention device prevents undesirable reversal of the flow of a source of contamination into a potable water system. Backflow preventers are installed for protecting a drinking water network against any risk of pollution due to possible backflow of contaminated fluid.

There are several plumbing codes across various countries that mandate the use of backflow prevention devices at all cross-connections to protect potable water against backflow. Increasing concerns regarding the health and liability risks related to contaminated drinking water are expected to result in higher uptake over the coming years.

Will Research and Development Result in Advent of Advanced Backflow Preventers?

Manufacturers are developing new technologies for manufacturing backflow preventer valves across the globe. Emerging digital technologies with advancements in plumbing technologies have created opportunities for the introduction of new backflow preventer valves with advanced features such as smart digital display for monitoring the flow rate, working pressure and others.

Manufacturers are focusing on the launch of new backflow preventer valves using cost-efficient manufacturing techniques and advanced raw materials such as stainless steel, ductile iron, plastic, and other materials with various pressure and temperature resistance standards. Raw materials also are also blended with others to improve the characteristics of the final product.

For Instance, in November 2019, Zurn Industries launched field adjustable pressure reducing valves within the Pressure-Tru® ZW5000/5004 Series. ZW5000 is a hose valve used in stairwells for hose connections. ZW5004 is a floor control valve used on each floor for sprinkler system connections.

In recent years, the demand of backflow preventers from regions such as North America and Europe has increased substantially. Growth in demand is especially witnessed in residential construction projects. This has encouraged manufacturers to enter into long term supply agreements with government authorities and EPC companies for installation of backflow preventers.

Country-wise Insights

How Large is the Opportunity in the U.S.?

FMI has projected North America to remain one of the most lucrative markets throughout the course of the forecast period. One of the key factors supporting expansion is the substantial growth in commercial and residential construction projects in the region. As per the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 138 million household units were sold in the U.S. in 2018.

Thanks to millennial employment and wage growth trend, the demand for housing is poised to surge, creating attractive opportunities for backflow preventer sales in the U.S. In addition, presence of a large number of manufacturers and distributors in the regional market is further paving the way for growth.

What are the Market Projections in the Germany?

Germany is considered to be one of the leading construction markets and the largest building stock in Europe. In the recent past, the construction industry in Germany has witnessed significant growth, in which, residential buildings contributed the maximum. Germany witnesses a demand for around 400,000 new dwellings every year.

Some of the factors driving the construction industry in Germany include economic confidence, demographic changes, and attractive government incentives. Residential construction in Germany accounts for more than 50% of the total investments in the construction industry.

This, in turn, is estimated to propel the demand for backflow preventers, and subsequently contribute to the Germany backflow preventers market during the forecast period.

What is the Market scenario in the U.K.?

According to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, U.K. is the European country with the highest waste water reprocessing and recycling rate. European water services invest approximately €45 billion in water infrastructure annually. The total length of the drinking water network in Europe is estimated to be around 4.2 million kilometers.

With regards to wastewater treatment, the total length of the sewer network is around 3 million kilometers. Growing investment in water and wastewater treatment facilities in the country is expected to drive backflow preventers’ sales during the forecast period.

What are the Factors Driving Growth in Australia & New Zealand?

The construction industry in Australia & New Zealand is expanding because of rapid urbanization. This has created new opportunities for expansion and development of new infrastructure and residential facilities across the globe. Construction is shifting towards automation to mitigate challenges pertaining to safety at various levels. This also includes installation of backflow preventers to prevent the risk of water contamination.

The growth of backflow preventer valves is mostly focused on regulatory standards related to pressure, temperature, design standards, testing standard, and certifications set by various industrial regulatory agencies such as Australian Standards, National Plumbing and Drainage Code (AS 3500.1), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other National & International Standards.

What are Prospects for Growth in China?

A large number of regional as well as global players are involved in the manufacturing of backflow preventers. Hence, manufacturers are focusing on targeting key end-use industries, such as residential and commercial construction, chemical processing, irrigation, waste treatment, and other to gain competitive advantage. Abundant availability of cheap labor and low cost of production are strengthening China’s capacity for manufacturing backflow preventers.

Increasing investments in construction and waste water treatment projects in China are expected to fuel the demand for backflow preventers. Increasing demand for backflow preventers in lawn and garden sprinklers also is expected to create significant opportunities for growth.

Category-wise Insights

Which is the Preferred Type of Backflow Preventers?

Atmospheric vacuum breaker and pressure vacuum breaker backflow preventers are relatively cheaper in cost as compared to double check valve assembly and reduced pressure zone type backflow preventers. In terms of unit sales, owing to lower cost, pressure vacuum breaker backflow preventers account for a dominant share in the present market. However, in terms of market size, the segment accounts for a minor share in the global backflow preventers market. However, reduced pressure zone segment is expected to hold dominant share in terms of value owing to its highest prices.

Why is Plastic Material More Preferred for Manufacturing Backflow Preventers?

Plastic material backflow preventers are durable, non-corrosive, quite affordable and easy to maintain. The lifetime cost of a plastic backflow is far less than in the Brass designs of the past. In present times, entire assembly of backflow prevention device manufactured with new composite materials can equal the costs of one part of the assembly in older models.

Why End-use Sector Exhibits High Demand for Backflow Preventers?

With increasing population demand for potable water supply is surging at a significant rate. Backflow preventers find important application in protecting a drinking water network against any risk of pollution due to possible backflow of contaminated fluid. Increasing concerns regarding the health and liability risks related contaminated drinking water are expected to fuel the demand for backflow preventers in residential water supply during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Global backflow preventers market is largely dominated by major players globally, occupying nearly three-fourth of the market revenue share. Some of the players are focusing to carve a niche for specific demography. The global market for backflow preventers comprises some large scale and middles scale manufacturers focusing on product innovation and collaborations on projects. Key industry participants are investing in strategic alliances and partnerships to gain a competitive advantage in the evolving global market. These partnerships allow companies to strengthen their technical expertise with improved production capacity.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of the Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, APEJ, Japan, Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, Capacity, Outlet Pressure, End Use, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Watts Water Technologies Company 
  • Emerson Electric Co.
  • Honeywell International Inc
  • Conbraco Industries Inc.
  • Zurn Industries, LLC.
  • Caleffi S.p.a.
  • Hans Sasserath GmbH & Co. KG
  • W.W. Grainger, Inc.
  • TALIS Management Holding GmbH

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Is this research conducted by Future Market Insights?

Yes, the research has been conducted by expert analysts of Future Market Insights through a combination of primary research and secondary research. To know more about how the research was conducted, you can speak to research analyst

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Backflow preventers Market by Category

Product Type

  • Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker
  • Pressure Vacuum Breaker
  • Double Check Valve Assembly
  • Reduced Pressure Zone

Material Type

  • Stainless Steel
  • Plastic
  • Ductile Iron
  • Bronze
  • Other Materials

End Use

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
    • Sprinkler & Irrigation
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Chemical Processing


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Key Questions Answered in the Report

Which is the most lucrative market for backflow preventers?

North America currently leads the global market for backflow preventers. Sales in North America will account for nearly 30% of total demand throughout the forecast period. Within North America, the U.S. is expected to account for maximum sales.
Atmospheric vacuum breakers and pressure vacuum breakers are highly sought-after by many end users. These are expected to hold higher share in terms of volume or units sold in the market.
Backflow preventers are widely used in potable water supply network. As a result residential end use sector is anticipated to hold largest share in the market.
Some of the leading companies manufacturing backflow preventers are Watts Water Technologies Company, Emerson Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc., Conbraco Industries Inc., Zurn Industries, LLC., among others.

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