ADVANCED POTABLE WATER TREATMENT
TECHNOLOGY MARKET TO REACH $5.8 BILLION IN 2003
Both the United
Nations and the World Bank have listed water as one of the most serious
crises the world will face in the 21st century. Often times the problem is
that there is not enough water in the right place or the water is too
contaminated for people to consume safely. Thus, a variety of water
treatment technologies exist to treat municipal sources as well as
industrial discharges into surface water. These technologies also are used
by industries in order to prevent the corrosion of machinery, by beverage
produces in order to comply with federal regulations and provide a
consistent product, and by consumers who install filtration systems in
their homes in order not to feel as compromised about the tap water they
According to a soon-to-be-released BUSINESS
COMMUNICATIONS, INC. study RE-088 Advanced Potable Water
Treatment Technology the overall total market is projected to
increase at 6.8%/yr., to reach over $5.8 billion by the year 2003. Among
the various membrane technologies, reverse osmosis is one of the largest
and fastest growing technologies with value estimated at $482 million in
1997 and growing at 10.6% per year to reach $889 million in 2003.
Microfiltration (MF) is a low-pressure (typically
1 to 10 psi) process that separates suspended materials from water. Its
fast growing (9.8%) market value, estimated at $294 million, can be
attributed to its growing use in municipal water recycling. It is also
used in industrial and high tech applications such as the preparation of
sterilized water in the pharmaceutical industry and the preparation of
purified makeup water in the semiconductor industry.
Activated carbon is an old technology that is
used in all segments of the water market. Its estimated value for 1997 is
$481 million and is growing at 8.0% annually. UV and chemical treatment is
widely used in municipal and industrial applications. UV treatment is used
as a purifier in point-of- entry home filtration products and in some
water treatment arrays in the beverage industry. The estimated market
value of these technologies is $1.4 billion, growing 6.6% annually.
Ozonation is being used almost universally in the
bottled water industry where it is usually one of the last steps before
bottling. This application contributes to the estimated $155 million,
growing at 3.9% per year.
A large part of ion exchange resinís (IERs)
estimated $131 million value can be attributed to its use in steam
generation in industrial and power plants. This application for IERs is
growing quite slowly and contributes to the relatively slow annual growth
rate of IERs, 3.7%.
Greensand and dual filtering reduces
stain-causing minerals such as iron and manganese. Overall, the 1997
greensand and dual filtering market is estimated at $466 million, growing
ESTIMATED VALUE OF TOTAL U.S.
ADVANCED POTABLE WATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY
|Ultraviolet & Chemical
|Ion Exchange Resings
|Greensand & Dual filtering
Source: BCC, Inc.
RE-088 Advanced Potable Water
PUBLISHED: September 1998
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