As we move forward into 2004, many organizations are looking to close the books on some issues while focusing attention on the long-term future of the industry--an industry that requires the time, attention and fullest efforts from all of its members. The marketplace has been steadily changing, and the near and distant future only looks to continue that trend.
What does the water industry have in store for 2004?
Safety and quality are of paramount importance to the bottled water industry and bottlers are not content to simply sit back and rest on their laurels. Producers constantly are embracing new technologies and processes to enhance efficiency and bring safe, high-quality, good-tasting and convenient bottled water products to a thirsty public.
Protecting consumers and water resources with bottled water legislation
Point-of-use (POU) water purification has a solid future. The relatively new POU industry will have to shoulder tremendous responsibility. Serious issues of water quality as well as quantity are apparent. The right of every human to water must be proactively protected if an acceptable quality of life for future generations is to be reasonably assured. This will not happen until it becomes a high priority political issue.
Industry professionals are responsible for bringing greater awareness of water quality to government officials and the public
Most reverse osmosis systems waste as much as 20 gallons just to produce one gallon of product water. The new technology called "ZeroWaste" eliminates this problem by returning the concentrate water from the reverse osmosis system back to the home's plumbing, resulting in 100 percent efficiency.
WQP asked industry professionals nationwide to comment on what the water industry might see in the upcoming year. Although these professionals share their outlooks for 2003, the water treatment industry"s future is uknown, but it should continue to shoot for the stars.
Industry professionals predict the future of the water industry
Stormwater management and its role in the larger challenge of preservation of water quality around the world is an evolving issue. As commercial development continues at record levels, both the quantity of runoff and water quality are issues that need to be looked at carefully. The engineering community is being pushed to design new solutions that keep groundwater and surface water ecology safe and that also protect development economics.
The bottled water industry has seen steady growth for years. Consumers are demanding beverage choices to suit their healthy lifestyles, and the bottlers have stepped in to meet those needs. One of the driving forces behind this continued boom is the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA).
A look at IBWA and the bottled water market
The future of safe drinking water lies squarely in the hands of the point-of-use (POU) water purification industry. Growing awareness among decision-makers and consumers is the force behind the increasing importance of the POU industry.
Commercial point-of-use (POU) drinking water equipment and services is rapidly evolving into a multimillion dollar market. This growth can be attributed to several important trends.
The unprecedented events of Sept. 11 and the recession that began hitting our nation at the beginning of 2001 created havoc in the business world. The water industry was no exception; it also saw its share of fluctuation. With such an unpredictable economy, we move into 2002. WQP asked industry professionals nationwide to comment on what the water industry may see in the upcoming year. Although these professionals share their outlooks for next year, only time will tell what lies ahead.
2002 Industry Predictions