Report predicts $13 billion US demand for water treatment equipment in 2017

Wednesday, 24 July, 2013

Industry market research firm The Freedonia Group has released the report ‘Water Treatment Equipment’, predicting future trends in the US water treatment market.

According to the report, demand for water treatment equipment in the US is forecast to grow 5.9% per year to $13 billion in 2017. Gains will be supported by increasing concerns about the health risks and environmental impacts of biological contaminants, chemicals and disinfection by-products in supply water and wastewater, and by more stringent manufacturing requirements in process water.

The resource extraction market is expected to show the most rapid gains among the major markets, as the treatment requirements for produced water in oil and natural gas extraction continue to rise, and as water recycling and re-use increase to satisfy the needs of expanded hydraulic fracturing activities. An expected rebound in mining output, particularly for minerals, will also contribute to an increased need for water treatment equipment. Rising demand will particularly benefit conventional filtration systems, which are the most commonly used type of equipment in the resource extraction market. The anticipated implementation of new US EPA regulations for hydraulic fracturing is also expected to promote growth in the resource extraction market in the long term.

The commercial and residential markets for water treatment equipment are expected to continue to recover from the declines seen during the 2007-2009 economic recession, with demand boosted by greater consumer interest in drinking water quality, increased consumer confidence and expanded commercial and residential construction activities. Point-of-entry membrane filtration, disinfection and deionisation equipment is expected to benefit the most from rising demand.

The municipal market for water treatment equipment is expected to continue to experience healthy growth through 2017. Expanded manufacturing output in response to the improving US economy, as well as increasingly stringent manufacturing requirements, will support growth in demand for every major type of water treatment equipment. While quite small in 2012, ballast water treatment is expected to be the fastest growing market segment overall, as US ships will soon be required to have ballast water management systems, including membrane systems and ultraviolet disinfection equipment, installed onboard to prevent the spread of invasive marine and aquatic species between ecosystems.

Water treatment equipment demand (million dollars)

Item 2007 2012 2017
Water treatment equipment demand (total) 7760 9760 13,010
Municipal 3630 4610 5950
Manufacturing 1818 2350 3150
Commercial and residential 1076 1110 1520
Resource extraction 618 973 1470
Power generation 525 588 690
Other markets 93 129 230

Water Treatment Equipment (published 07/2013, 273 pages) is available for $5100 from The Freedonia Group. The report can be found at

Source: The Freedonia Group.

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