Market Potential for Wastewater Recycling and Reuse over a five-year period from 2012 through 2017


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.

Reasons for this Study

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.
  • Overview, Scope and Format of this Report

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.

Methodology and Information Sources

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.   

Report presents the 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.

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