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Drinking water regulations prompt deployment of decentralized water and wastewater treatment plants


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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Decentralized water and wastewater treatment are precisely engineered onsite treatment systems used for treating small amounts of water and wastewater at affordable prices. As these systems serve individual houses, clustered dwellings, and closely located commercial outlets, the issue of piping costs is moot.

Decentralized systems are produced using locally available materials, are easy to set up and operate, and do not require complex engineering knowledge. Their small footprint and minimal energy requirements also make them more feasible and attractive than centralized systems.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's ( Decentralized Water and Waste Water Treatment: Technology Market Penetration and Road Mapping research finds that decentralized systems platform have opened a vast number of technological avenues that could potentially replace the existing technologies in various segments of application.

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Currently, technology developers offer a range of treatment processes for both water and wastewater.  While water is treated through reverse osmosis, filtration, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection, and softening, wastewater treatment mostly involves fixed bed bioreactor, activated sludge, sequential batch reactors, media filters, and submerged fixed film biological reactors. The industry has also created innovative and alternative technologies that employ electrons and nano materials to catalyze the degradation of contaminants and develop paper filters for use in emergencies.

Technology developers and system manufacturers of decentralized treatment systems will be buoyed by governments' initiatives to protect citizens' health and the environment. These systems are ideally suited to protect people from the uncontrolled discharge of wastewater, as they are both cost-effective and efficient.

The United Nations' millennium development goal is to leverage decentralized means to provide nearly 2 billion people with sustainable access to clean drinking water. Protecting the existing fresh water bodies from contamination and providing safe water is always a top government agenda, especially in developing countries.

Globally, nations are enforcing stricter regulations to reduce the discharge of pollutants into their waters and ensure the treatment of every liter of wastewater generated. Robust government backing and creative solutions from original equipment manufacturers can greatly help mitigate the challenges of public disinclination toward adopting decentralized systems and devising affordable yet effective treatment solutions.

'Participants, especially entrants, should not only be prepared to operate in a challenging market, but also be able to differentiate their products,' said Technical Insights Research Analyst Anupkumar Patil. 'Companies will do well to acquire a local company with technical expertise in a growing market to expand their reach.'

Decentralized system developers could also partner with universities and research institutes for product or technology innovation. The company could then utilize the research institute or university's credibility to improvise their products or technologies.

'Solution providers would benefit by focusing on R&D pertaining to smart materials and on R&D collaboration among peers,' said Patil. 'Further, technology developers and product providers can collaborate with existing distributors to offer novel decentralized treatment systems.'

Decentralized Water and Waste Water Treatment: Technology Market Penetration and Road Mapping, a part of the Technical Insights subscription, provides an overview of the developments in the water and wastewater industry, along with an application analysis of the current market and technological trends. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following technologies: fixed bed bioreactor, sequential batch reactor, and activated sludge. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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Customer comments

  1. By Thomas Chacko on

    will be of great help to developing countries for cost saving and easy implementation. a comparison of fixed bed SBR abd ASP will help to choose wisely