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Global Markets and Technologies for Water Recycling and Reuse

  • January 2013
  • 205 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 1105934


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This study provides a review of the global markets and technologies for wastewater recycling and reuse at the regional level, along with additional breakdowns for select relevant national-level markets. It seeks to quantify markets for wastewater recycling technologies based on available data and anticipated trends in global and regional market development in the wastewater recycling industry.


BCC’s goal in conducting this study is to assess and describe the current status of the global market for wastewater recycling and reuse technologies, as well as to assess the potential growth of this industry. More specifically, the study’s objectives are:
• To summarize existing wastewater recycling and reuse technologies and promising technologies under development.
• To evaluate the existing wastewater recycling and reuse industry, with a focus on producers of each major viable technology.
• To assess market potential for wastewater recycling and reuse over a five-year period from 2012 through 2017.
• To provide regional market breakdowns with select sub-regional breakdowns for countries with promising wastewater recycling industries, as well as market demand.


Global interest in wastewater recycling technologies has been steadily on the rise since the early 1990s due to an increasing scarcity of available water supplies, which affects many global regions and increases in the stringency of the regulatory environment in both developing and developed nations. Many cities, local governments and nations are looking to wastewater recycling as a potential source of water for various uses, especially non-potable uses such as landscaping, toilet flushes, and industrial processes and reuse. This study is anticipated to be useful to industry players, researchers, corporations and others who have stakes in wastewater recycling and reuse technologies, as well as those who are considering expanding into these markets. This study provides critical information to decision makers regarding regional- and national-level investment strategies, along with the level of anticipated returns that will result from continued market development.


The scope of this report includes the following categories of wastewater reuse and recycling technologies:
• Conventional treatment and recycling technologies.
• Membrane filtration technologies.
• Membrane-bioreactor technologies.
• Chemical treatments and disinfection technologies.
• Demineralization technologies.

Within the scope of this report, BCC analyzes each technology, determines its current market status, examines its impact on future markets and presents forecasts of growth over the ensuing five years. Technological issues, including the latest trends, are assessed and discussed, as is the current and likely ongoing regulatory environment in support of this industry.

BCC analyzes anticipated market values in light of regional and global markets for wastewater recycling and reuse. This report examines governments’ roles with respect to wastewater quality management, wastewater recycling and reuse, and support and incentives for the utilization of reclaimed wastewater. It provides a review of the most relevant recycling and reuse technologies; discusses recent trends in technology development, implementation and deployment; and provides overviews and market assessments for each technology.


Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used in the preparation of this study. Background information, including reviews of municipal and industrial wastewater installed bases, water scarcity and water stress, and technological reviews of the various technologies and technology categories considered in this report, was collected from government and industry sources. Economic indicators, including industrial productivity, industry-specific economic trends, and larger-scale geopolitical and economic trends (e.g., economic recovery, Middle East regime changes) were also reviewed based on available government and industry sources. Specific citations and references are provided throughout this report as needed to support this study.

BCC's research of present and historic market trends was conducted primarily via personal interviews and Internet research, as well as reliance upon available governmental and industry data. Internal company data and annual documentation of sales relevant to a particular wastewater recycling technology were also reviewed to prepare market assessments. Based on the results of these surveys and research, BCC analyzed the potential applications for each technology and then forecast remaining 2012 sales and projected sales through 2017.

Market sizes, installed capacity figures and annual installations were calculated based upon data obtained from surveyed parties. When data were not available, especially for existing industrial wastewater treatment bases in some nations, estimates were made based on available data from other countries, national industrial productivity, national industrial structure, national-level economic trends, existing regulations and other factors relevant to wastewater treatment in a given country or region. Additionally, when possible, the data provided in this report were compared with other industry data to ensure relevance, applicability and accuracy.


Robert Eckard has more than 10 years of experience working in the water, energy and environmental industries. Currently pursuing a PhD in Water and Energy Resources at the University of California at Davis, Mr. Eckard also runs a small industry research and technical consulting company, with an emphasis on energy, water and environmental sectors. He has provided economic analysis market assessments, environmental analysis, and technical water and energy reports to state and local governments, the U.S. Department of Energy, other consultants, and private companies and individuals throughout the U.S., as well as in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. He has produced reports for BCC Research on an array of global markets, including for residential and commercial solar thermal (ST) technologies, industrial and utility-scale ST technologies, distributed-generation technologies, energy-efficiency technologies, unconventional natural gas markets, enhanced oil-recovery markets and energy-storage technologies.


This report provides:
• An overview of the most prevalent water recycling and reuse technologies in the global market, as well as the markets and applications those technologies serve
• Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
• A detailed look at the factors that will drive the growth of the market, as well as sources of project funding and regulation requirements
• A breakdown of the industry structure
• A patent analysis
• Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.

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