Global Markets and Technologies for Water Recycling and Reuse

Published - Jan 2013| Analyst - Robert Eckard| Code - MST051B
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Report Highlights

Global markets for wastewater-recycling and reuse technologies during the period from 2009 to 2012 increased from nearly $6.7 billion to $9.5 billion, equivalent to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%.  Global markets are expected to increase from $9.5 billion in 2012 to $23.4 billion in 2017, reflecting a five-year CAGR of 19.7%.

Report Includes

  • An overview of the most prevalent water recycling and reuse technologies in the global market, as well as the markets and applications those technologies serve
  • Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
  • A detailed look at the factors that will drive the growth of the market, as well as sources of project funding and regulation requirements
  • A breakdown of the industry structure
  • A patent analysis
  • Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.


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.


The following table provides a review of the major global markets that were assessed in support of this study.  Market breakdowns are provided for each of the listed regions and individual countries.


Market Countries and Regions
North America U.S., Canada, Mexico
Europe France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey
Middle East Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, other Middle Eastern countries considered in aggregate
Asia and Australia Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam

Source: BCC Research


Robert Eckard has more than 10 years of experience working in the water, energy and environmental industries.  Currently pursuing a PhD in Water and Energy Resources at the University of California at Davis, Mr. Eckard also runs a small industry research and technical consulting company, with an emphasis on energy, water and environmental sectors.  He has provided economic analysis market assessments, environmental analysis, and technical water and energy reports to state and local governments, the U.S. Department of Energy, other consultants, and private companies and individuals throughout the U.S., as well as in the Middle East, Asia and Australia.  He has produced reports for BCC Research on an array of global markets, including for residential and commercial solar thermal (ST) technologies, industrial and utility-scale ST technologies, distributed-generation technologies, energy-efficiency technologies, unconventional natural gas markets, enhanced oil-recovery markets and energy-storage technologies.

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Published - Mar-2006| Analyst - Molly Castelazo| Code - MST051A

Report Highlights

  • In 2005, the total value of the U.S. water recycling and reuse industry was over $2.1 billion. BCC predicts that total market revenue will grow at an average annual rate of just over 8.8% through 2010, yielding total revenue in 2010 of just under $3.3 billion.
  • Landscape and agricultural irrigation make up the largest shares of total water reuse. These applications will continue to grow through 2010 (at 12.4% and 10.3%, respectively), though the industrial market will grow the most quickly, at 14.2%.
  • The overall market revenue growth rate of 8.8% reflects the fact that significant innovation is still occurring, making technologies more accessible to a greater number of potential buyers, as well as the fact that the underlying market - the wastewater recycling and reuse market - is heading into a replacement phase.


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