Wastewater Trends

Growth, Trends, Opportunities and Forecasts



The water and wastewater treatment equipment market is growing at a CAGR of 7.4%, with huge growth expected at the end of this decade. 


  • M&A activity among EPCs picks up, signaling water industry consolidation
  • Investments in infrastructure increase
  • Drought and environmental concerns renew interest in water reuse and desalination

Source: Bluefield Research

Reuse & Desalination

Municipal wastewater reuse will increase by 61% by 2025, requiring billions of capital, according to a 2015 report by Bluefield Research. Despite being enormously expensive and using significant energy resources, desalination will also continue to be a part of the water treatment conversation with roughly $21.4 billion spent on this technology in 2015—an investment that is expected to reach $48.2 billion by 2020.

The Global Picture

Rapid growth for the water treatment equipment market is driven by growth in global water demand. Water shortages are experienced in many regions of the world and will be a major global issue by 2025. This is due to:

  • rapid population growth
  • changes in lifestyle
  • increased infrastructure activities
  • pollution that contaminates fresh water resources

Disinfection, filtration, and desalination are expected to grow in Asia-Pacific. Australia, China, and India with high investments in the desalination process.

Municipal vs Industrial Wastewater

Use of Wipes and Disposables

As consumers seek convenience and cleanliness in a quick-and-easy “disposable society,” more people are using wipes today than ever before. Flushable and personal care wipes have seen consistent growth worldwide over the past decade with no signs of a slowdown.

Wipes Graphic

Many municipalities water/wastewater infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life.

A huge investment is required to improve infrastructure over the coming years to replace deteriorating pipes, sewer overflows, etc.

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