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Water Treatment System Market

Water Treatment System Market By System Type (Preliminary Treatment, Water Treatment, Membrane Bio-Reactor), End-Use (Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Municipality) & Region – Forecast 2020-2030

Water Treatment System Market By System Type (Preliminary Treatment, Water Treatment, Membrane Bio-Reactor), End-Use (Residential Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Municipality) & Region – Forecast 2020-2030

Water Treatment System Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

Water Treatment System Market Key Findings

  • The global water treatment system market is projected to value around US$ 112 Bn in 2030
  • Water treatment segment to witness rising momentum in coming years
  • Adoption in desalination process to surge through 2030
  • Municipality spaces to offer lucrative investment opportunities
  • North America and Europe currently lead the global water treatment system market adoption

Water Treatment System Market Overview

The water treatment system market has been attracting attention in recent decades as sustainable use of water has become an area of key concern. This concern is a combination of depleting water levels, climactic and environmental shifts observed due to global warming, increasing discharge of wastewater from industries and urban settlements, besides a host of other man-made factors. All these factors have been resulting in challenges for the availability of clean and potable water. Now, as the world recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, newer dimensions of the importance of flowing water have emerged.

While the importance of washing hands for hygienic purposes was an immediate takeaway from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is imminent that the legacy of the pandemic for the market will go far deeper. One of the key reasons in which this legacy will be realized is due to national governments getting more involved with public services and utilities.

For the past several years, governments have been aiming to trim expenditure by outsourcing public services and utilities. However, public health and wellbeing has now become a core state concern. The primary evidence of this is that all national governments have increased their health budgets over the previous year. An increase in investments into essential utilities, such as water, is the next logical step.

Besides an increase in the importance of water treatment systems, the market is also been driven by enhancements in enabling technologies, especially in the digital space. These technologies are not only helping augment the capabilities of newer systems but also in increasing their reach and reducing costs. This increase in reach and affordability is key for the market since a substantial percentage of the world still lacks access to clean water. As a result, these varying but complementary factors are now slated to dictate the future demand for water treatment systems.

Imperative to Serve Communities and Industries - water treatment system market

Demand for potable water is experiencing exponential rise annually, with growing global population and pollution levels. Water bodies that have been the conventional sources of drinking water for individuals are also getting affected by alarming rates of ecological burden. Water treatment systems are affordably priced to enhance their reach across varied economic strata of consumers.

Industrialization has considerably contributed to water pollution, especially in urban locations, over the past century. Unregulated disposal of chemical materials and debris from construction activities has rendered certain water sources unfit for usage.

Another factor which envisages the use of water treatment is in industrial processes where water hardness levels, pH levels, TDS contents to optimal levels are desired by the respective end use industries as raw water intake source involves seawater, freshwater and groundwater with each source having specific contents.

Water treatment systems portray an instrumental role in protecting human lives from such disorders. Water retrieval and purification is gaining top priority as standard practice industrial sector.

By employing effective water treatment systems, industrial processes that require water on sites have significant opportunity to achieve two goals,

  • Water purification and reuse curbs business’ gross water footprint and, subsequently, its effect on surroundings
  • Decreasing water and utility usage linearly translates into progressive cost savings that can further be used to grow businesses instead of addressing overhead

Ultrafiltration Technology for At-scale Disposal of Microbes

Ultrafiltration (UF) is gaining momentum as superior separation technology for reverse osmosis (RO) pretreatment, desalination pretreatment, and wastewater restoration, as well as for yielding potable water.

Conventional filtration techniques such as media filtration and sand filters require uniform raw water quality to provide quality wastewater, which at times seems infeasible. In addition, they do not provide absolute barrier as they filter particles of about 5 microns.

UF, on the other hand, easily overcome these limitations. The technology leverages UF membranes to filter particles of about 0.02-0.05 microns – viruses, bacteria, and colloids - fulfiling increasingly strict water-quality criteria worldwide, and offering reliable, stable, and consistent water quality.

UF water treatment systems are durable, require low maintenance, and operate with minimal or no electric power. Their adoption, under water treatment category, is poised to rise at a robust CAGR through 2030.

Standard Practice in Industrial Processes - Water Treatment System Market

Several facets of industrial sector are leveraging umpteen benefits of industrial water and wastewater treatment system. Industries produce voluminous quantity of water every day for numerous purposes. However, the quality of water consumed is critical in production processes. In particular, purified water helps in curbing adverse impacts that occur due to contaminated water.

Industrial water treatment system for food and beverage industry assures easy fulfilment of stringent quality and consistent requirements, from producing potable water processing to aiding disinfect water before discharge. The mandated operating certification standards for industries is now being issued on  the basis of approved water treatment systems in several industry verticals.

In similar fashion, cosmetics industry also accent for industrial water treatment system that yields 100% pure water. The disinfected water helps in maintaining product quality throughout manufacturing processes, which further improves shelf life of products.

Further, in paint industry, purified water is essential for manufacturing water-based paints. UV disinfection industrial water treatment system coupled with wastewater treatment plants enable treatment of several aspects of wastewater, which is used to clean mills and containers, as well as wash floors to manufacture next batch of paints.

Thinking Smart with IoT-enabled Water Treatment Systems Market

While the Internet of Things (IoT) has reflected its potential in manufacturing and production-centric sectors, the onset of this cutting-edge technology is becoming apparent in water industries and sewage management. Solutions crafted from IoT are poised to create long-reverberating ripples that will help these end-use sectors significantly.

Smart water treatment systems driven by IoT enhance the reliability of existing water facilities by gathering and analyzing data more effectively. Adoption of data analytics and IoT enable better management of water infrastructure as well as reduced non-revenue water losses, yet drive key transformations to the ways with which water facilities and companies operate.

IoT has paved way for “Internet of Water”, linking every system and player in water supply chain - treatment plants, raw water, utility companies, distribution pipes, companies and customers - and equipping decision-makers with crucial insights on status of water resources and equipment used in this vertical.

IoT-enabled water treatment systems provide market player the opportunity to upgrade productivity and efficacy while improving customer service. Moreover, given the amount of labor and time required to gather water and transfer it to treatment sites, IoT is emerging as a much-needed alternative.

UN surveys state that water scarcity will have direct effect on about 20% of global population by 2025, and indirect influence on remaining inhabitants as well as economic structures. Smart water treatment systems based on IoT help eliminate the possibility of these predictions and reverse the damage caused due to imprudent consumption of water resources.

IoT is a disruptive force for water treatment utilities as it enables uninterrupted water supply in these water-scarce times to individuals residing in remote and isolated areas sans any trouble. In the time to come, the new-ahead technology in this market is expected to fuel production rate of water that will help facilitate supply among the ever-growing population.

Water Treatment System Market Regional Analysis – East Asia to Outpace Developed Regions

At present North America and Europe lead the pack, collectively capturing about 45% revenue share.

The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 that defines criteria for quality of drinking water supplied. Coupled with its peers, the agency implements several technical and financial programs to protect residents from imminent threat of infections. Such trends are likely to benefit the North America water treatment system market in the coming years.

About 97% of households in western and central Europe are connected waste water treatment facilities, while the number drops to around 70% in southern, south-eastern and eastern Europe. That said, urban waste water treatment currently are focusing on addressing challenges such as changes in demographics, climate change, and emergence of pollutants, thereby, attracting huge attention of stakeholders.

Water networks in Asia Pacific (APAC) are getting more complicated and extensive due to climate change, rapid urbanization, non-revenue water, and underdeveloped or ageing water infrastructure. Such challenges are translating into action items including, optimizing the performance of existing supply systems, planning and running water facilities, and managing ever-growing water demand.

In a bid to address these action items, leading players are progressively adopting innovative technologies and smart network systems to analyze infrastructure lifecycle possibilities. Moreover, Asia is anticipated to spearhead the market for Point-of-use (POU) technologies over decades ahead.

FMI further states that while North America and Europe have been leading the water treatment system market, these developed regions are expected to lose their value share to East Asia towards the end of the forecast period.

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Key Segment

The global market is segmented in detail to cover every aspect of the market and present complete market intelligence to the reader.

System Type

  • Preliminary Treatment
  • Water Treatment
  • Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR)
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO)
  • Micro-Filtration (MF)
  • Nano/Ultra Filtration (NF/UF)
  • Disinfectants (UV, Ozone)
  • Sludge treatment
  • Activated Sludge
  • Sludge Thickening & Dewatering
  • Sludge Drying
  • Other Sludge Treatment Technology


  • Process Water/ Water Treatment
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Zero Liquid Discharge
  • Desalination

End Use

  • Residential Buildings
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Municipality
  • Industrial
  • Chemical & Petrochemicals
  • Oil & Gas
  • Mining & Metals
  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Thermoelectric Power Plants
  • Semiconductors
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Sugar Mills
  • Textiles
  • Leather


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

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