Importance of Water Treatment Rises amid Growing Water Scarcity


Published Date : May 04, 2016

Water treatment refers to the treatment of water to make it acceptable for specific end-uses such as drinking, irrigation, industrial water supply, river flow maintenance, and others. Increasing demand for clean water for drinking and industrial purposes has boosted the demand for water treatment systems. Water treatment systems make water more potable or useful through processes such as purification, softening, and deodorization.

With rise in population and rapidly growing industrial activities, water scarcity is fast emerging as a crisis. In a recent report, the World Bank has stated that water scarcity might reduce GDP by 6% across some economies. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, about 1.2 bn people across the world reside in areas affected with water scarcity. Another 1.6 bn people face economic water shortage. All these factors have boosted the growth of the global water treatment systems market. Rise in industrial activities and growing water contamination has further necessitated treatment of water to make it fit for end-use purposes. However, high cost of water treatment systems is expected to hinder the growth of the market in the coming years. The rising scarcity of clean drinking water in under-developed and developing regions poses as a growth opportunity for the global water treatment systems market. 

Japanese Company Focuses on Water Treatment in India

Japanese environmental services company Hiyoshi is indirectly helping India’s rapidly growing economy by treating industrial and sewage wastewater. The company has built its reputation in the field of water analysis and treatment services. The company has set up a subsidiary in Chennai and has received five contracts to upgrade present water treatment facilities for automotive industries. Hiyoshi points out when toxins in wastewater cross the limits set by regulators and ensures that the contaminated water does not leak. Though India contributes quite less in the company’s sale, the growing water pollution in India is expected to raise the company’s sales in the country.