Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Research Report - Global Forecast to 2028

Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Information by Treatment Type (Membrane Separation, Disinfection, Sludge treatment and Others), By Application (Municipal and Industrial) And Region - Forecast To 2028

ID: MRFR/IA - E/2658-CR | October 2020 | Region: Global | 185 pages

Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Overview:


Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market size is projected to be worth USD 88.51 Billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 5.82% during the forecast period (2021 - 2028), The market was valued at USD 63.46 billion in 2020.


COVID 19 Analysis:


The Pandemic situation has created an economic shock across the globe and has created negative impacts on the market. The water and wastewater treatment market growth lie in the hands of end-user industries. The uninterrupted function of the industries is vital for the effective functioning of the wastewater treatment industries.  


The COVID outbreak has pulled down the investment rates of the water industry. As many industries stopped or postponed their regular production works, the investment rates, and the production department is facing a downfall, this has created a huge negative impact on the water treatment industries.


Competitive landscape:


The key players in the market are listed below:



  • GE Water & Process Technologies (U.S.), 

  • Aquatech International Corporation (U.S.),

  • Veolia Water Technologies (France),

  • WPL Limited (U.K.),

  • Fluence Corporation Limited (U.S.),

  • Napier Reid Ltd. (Canada),

  • Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S.),

  • Xylem Inc. (U.S.),

  • Kemira Oyj (Finland) 

  • Corix Water System (Canada).


Market Dynamics:


Key Market drivers:


The entire world is facing the water crisis and the stress created by water scarcity. As the world population increases, there has been an increasing need for clean water for drinking, domestic, and other industrial purposes. The amount of water used reaches the sewage and is polluting the available freshwater resources. This acts as a key driver for the market growth.


In the countries like China, Japan, and South Korea people are concerned about the water crisis that their future generation is about to face, hence their governments have imposed strict regulations and laws to monitor water usage, they have also managed to invest in water treatment industries to promote their growth.


Growing nations house huge populations and the rise in the residential sector has imposed huge responsibilities and thereby boost the product penetration in the municipal wastewater facilities. The physical method like the membrane separation segment requires a minimum operation area with higher filtration efficiency over other techniques. Hence cost-efficient methods are attracting the industries and promoting market growth.


Market opportunities:


Stringent federal and state regulations in the US are expected to help the nation in conserving water using wastewater treatment. There is also an emergency of upgrading the existing infrastructure that has been used for ages. As there are certain age restrictions for the water treatment infrastructure the up-gradation will increase the revenue for the water and wastewater treatment equipment market.


In recent years, pertaining increase in the oil and gas exploration activities in the US and Canada are expected to rise the demand for the Industry. As the oil and gas industries are the end-users of water treatment industries, these activities are anticipated to rise the market share.


A recent study shows that European countries are involved in developing wastewater treatment techniques and industries. They are also planning to conserve as much renewable energy as possible in industrial activities. The European governments have imposed stringent laws and directives like WFD, UWWFD, DWD that are anticipated to rise the market revenue in the forecast period.


Market restraints:


Though there is a higher RoI from the industry, the capital investment required for the entire setup is higher for the developing countries. This aspect acts as a major restraint for market growth. The water treatments are carried out in several categories and stages to acquire reusable water suitable for drinking. The steps involved and the procedures tend to increase the operational costs. Hence the costs incurred in the entire process act as a major restraint


For efficient water and wastewater treatment, more complex systems are required with higher flow rates and higher effluent quality standards, these necessities will drive the costs of the system higher.


Specialized evaporator and crystallizer units are deployed in the Zero liquid discharge systems, these specialized care presents the system as efficient in the market, however, they are on the costlier side and are available only in the developed countries. Economically backward countries tend to use the systems that are built decades ago as they lack the basic infrastructure.


Market challenges: 


The economically backward countries don’t have sufficient funding support from the government and they continue to use the aging infrastructure that is no longer efficient. However, the developed countries continue to face the upgrading costs of these systems.


The water and wastewater treatment equipment and industries have a certain working period after which they require up-gradation. The limited lifetime of these systems requires huge capital investments at every up-gradation process.


Maintenance with a considerable labor force is crucial. significant funds are needed in several countries to maintain the piping systems and repair jobs.


Cumulative growth analysis:


According to a recent study, the water and wastewater treatment market is booming and is expected to gain prominence in the forecast period due to the awareness amongst the public in conserving the water resource.


As the wastewater treatment techniques and saline water treatments are foreseeing technological advancements, countries like India and China have been provided opportunities for the growth of the wastewater equipment market. The probability of water reuse with industrial wastewater treatment has attracted key players of several nations.


 Value chain analysis:


A shocking report produced by WHO in the year 2012 has mentioned that the population of the countries like Japan and India is increasing that about 51% of the population did not have access to safe drinking water. Hence the Asia pacific countries and other densely populated countries have started investing in water treatment technologies that have slowly aided the rise of the water and wastewater treatment equipment market trend.


 The sludge treatment is expected to witness the 2nd highest CAGR in the market. The treatment includes sludge screening, drying, dewatering, and thickening that effectively removes human solids like hair, plastics, fibers that pollute the water.


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Segment overview:


 By type:



  • Filtration

  • Ultra-Filtration

  • Micro-Filtration

  • Disinfection

  • Adsorption

  • Desalination

  • Testing

  • Others


By Derivative:



  • Municipal

  • Industrial

  • Food & Beverage

  • Others (Power, Mining, Pharmaceuticals, etc.)


By process:



  • Primary Treatment

  • Secondary Treatment

  • Tertiary Treatment


By equipment:



  • Membrane Separation

  • Biological

  • Disinfection

  • Sludge Dewatering


Regional analysis:


Water and wastewater treatments and saline water treatments are expected to gain popularity in the countries that possess dense populations. As there is always a higher requirement of usable water for the domestic and industrial requirements. European countries have understood the emergency of running out of water resources hence the stringent government guidelines provoke the country in investing in the water and wastewater treatment equipment industry. 


Recent developments:


Due to several technological advances, the waters and wastewater treatment equipment have acquired peak demand in recent years. Automation technologies that enable the system to operate without any human intervention and thereby eliminating human errors have bolstered the demand for the market among the developed countries. The automation technologies are deployed in several stages of the water treatments and reduce the labor force and labor costs. Water treatment techniques are functioning efficiently because of these technological inclusions. Hence they bring a higher Return of Income for the manufacturers and widens the applications.


Leading water purifiers are working in developing the quality of the drinking water by incorporating copper infusion technology. Copper mineralization techniques have backtracking of old ages and are well known for providing quality water suitable for drinking. Utilizing the ideology, companies utilize the activated copper max in their products.


Wastewater treatment is an efficient way of conserving water resources. The techniques involve treating the water using chemicals and other similar treatments and make it usable for different purposes like drinking, industrial uses, irrigation. As the global population rises there has been a tremendous increase in the wastage of water, therefore treating water has become an emergency to preserve this non-renewable resource. Wastewater treatments are also used to remove pollutants and inorganic wastes from water and are transferred to several industrial and commercial applications.


The wastewater treatments are done in three stages, the primary treatment involves physical treatment where the feed water is passed onto the semi-permeable membrane at high pressure. This process can be done in a small operational area at higher filtration efficiency over other techniques. An increase in the population and rapid urbanization act as primary drivers for the market growth. The market is estimated to grow at a higher pace as there is an increasing demand for water resources for everyday functioning.


Report overview:


This report has covered:



  • Market overview

  • COVID 19 Analysis 

  • Market dynamics

  • Cumulative growth analysis

  • Value chain analysis 

  • Segment overview

  • Regional analysis

  • Competitive landscape

  • Recent developments



Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2028: USD 88.51 Billion
  CAGR   5.8% CAGR (2020-2028)
  Base Year   2020
  Forecast Period   2021-2028
  Historical Data   2019
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Treatment Type and Application
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   GE Water & Process Technologies (U.S.), Aquatech International Corporation (U.S.), Veolia Water Technologies (France), WPL Limited (U.K.), Fluence Corporation Limited (U.S.), Napier Reid Ltd. (Canada), Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S.), Xylem Inc. (U.S.), Kemira Oyj (Finland) and Corix Water System (Canada).
  Key Market Opportunities   Owing to factors such as increasing scope for operations & maintenance
  Key Market Drivers   Industries call for the usage of clean water


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :


The water and wastewater treatment equipment market can thrive at 5.8% CAGR by 2028.

The water and wastewater treatment equipment market can value at USD 88.51 Bn by 2028.

In 2016, the global water and wastewater treatment equipment market valued at USD 51.25 Bn.

Xylem Inc. (U.S.), Calgon Carbon Corporation (U.S.), Corix Water System (Canada), and Kemira Oyj (Finland) are some companies in the water and wastewater treatment equipment market.

Membrane separation treatment is effectively exercised across different industries. Other types of water and wastewater treatment equipment are disinfection, sludge treatment, and others.

The APAC water and wastewater treatment equipment market can gain global foothold due to the rise in need to treat industrial waste.