"Water treatment technologies through the use of uses various chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors, coagulants and flocculants serve community and businesses safe and purified water and meets stringent regulations by government"
Water treatment technologies to be driven by demand for clean and purified water
World over, the demand for clean and purified water is increasing dramatically for human consumption and across various end-use industries. Clean water that is free from different pathogens and harmful chemicals is needed for drinking and other day-to-day uses; safe and purified water is necessary for protecting the health of citizens. The demand for clean water is rising rapidly for various industrial processes and business uses, as well. Water treatment is carried out mainly for the removal of total suspended solids (TSS)—solids not soluble in water such as clay, fine sand, and dust— and various particles, bacteria and pathogenic disease-causing organisms to make it suitable for human consumption. Water treatment plants use various ultrafiltration systems and technologies along with chemicals to provide residents and businesses safe and clean water. Modern treatment technologies include pumping and membrane filtration such as reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration. These technologies uses various chemicals such as corrosion inhibitors, coagulants and flocculants; the application of the chemicals in water is based on various factors such as its hardness, pH balance, and solids (TDS).
Advancements in water treatment technology
The fast depleting fresh water reserves globally is major driving factor for the demand of water treatment technologies and chemicals. Rapid industrialization leading to contaminated ground water, rising demand of water for human consumption and stringent government regulations on controlling the TSS level of the water are the key factors that will foster the growth of the market across regions. Many public drinking water systems across different nations have in place various water treatment processes to serve community and businesses safe and purified water. Innovations and enhancement are made advanced water filtration technologies. Last month, the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, inaugurated a new water treatment plant featuring for producing water fit for drinking; the treatment technology uses ZeeWeed membrane technology by GE power to purify water from the adjacent Nanaimo River. Prior to this technology, water was provided by Water Treatment Plant at the South Fork; but the city had been experiencing boil water advisories due to high turbidity.
The government has made new regulations, which mandated the city to build a new facility that could filter the source water to remove bacteria and pathogenic disease-causing organisms and other minute particles. The new advanced membrane filtration technology consists of GE’s ZeeWeed 1000 and ZeeWeed 500d membrane technology and is a truly multibarrier approach to safe drinking water. A fine-screening coupled with two-stage siphon membrane system followed by chlorine and ultraviolet disinfection makes the filtration technology more efficient— treats the backwash water treated from the first stage increases the overall plant recovery to over 99 percent. According to Kevin Cassidy, global leader, engineered systems -- Water and Process technologies for GE Power, “Stricter regulations and the desire of municipalities to produce safe and reliable drinking water are driving more creative and innovative water treatment solutions”.
The cutting-edge technology is used by as many as 1,000 plants to produce safe and purified quality water by using energy-efficient process. The adoption of the technology is driven by its capability to address key challenges to handle large volumes of water in a very small footprint along with using less chemicals.
Market Drivers & Growth Prospects
Across developed nations, the water treatment chemicals market is driven by technological advancements in water treatment processes, equipment replacement, and application of innovative products and chemicals. Purification process for treatment of surface water is usually easier than for surface water, since ground water can be contaminated by various sources; this calls for the incorporation of advanced technologies. Investments through some social ventures have boosted innovations in the market. Recently, new membrane technology used to filter hazardous micro-pollutants from wastewater has won top prize in Althea-Imperial Program—a unique collaboration between Imperial and the Althea Foundation—which pioneers various entrepreneurial programs for women. Gabriella Santosa, an undergraduate student from the Department of Biochemistry, has bagged an award comprising £10,000 of funding at the finale of the program. CustoMem, the start-up spearheaded by Gabriella, addresses a major challenge faced in textile industry –to remove the presence of heavy metals released during manufacturing process of apparel. Filtering out these heavy metals prevents environmental degradation and protects human health.
Witnessing the immense growth opportunity in water treatment technology and chemicals, Allied Market Research has published a report titled “World Water Treatment Chemicals Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 – 2022”. As per the report, the world water treatment chemicals market was valued at $23,197.2 million in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during 2016-2022.