Point-of-use segment jumps 21%
The Eastern European water cooler market advanced by 5.2% in 2012 to 1.7 million units at the end of the year, according to the latest report by Zenith Intl. The point-of-use (POU) segment, which scarcely existed in the region a few years ago, is now climbing rapidly and has reached 50,000 units — a jump of 21%.
Report says smart strategies and products can tap growth rates in emerging economies
Product differentiation and innovation are key in targeting the $14 billion market for point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) water treatment products in developing nations, some of which will grow at an annual rate of nearly 20%, according to Lux Research.
Overall, the market is growing at a modest 2.2% annually as countries such as China and South Korea reach maturity. But poorer countries such as Bangladesh and Myanmar offer remarkably high annual growth rates of up to 19%.
According to a Zenith Intl. report, there has been a major shift in the types of machine used
The western Europe water cooler market, which scarcely existed 25 years ago, climbed to a record 2.78 million units installed at the end of 2012, according to a new report from the sector’s specialist consultancy, Zenith Intl.
Delegates will discuss the drought and other issues at a roundtable discussion in Fiji July 8 to 11
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) issued a warning that a lack of safe drinking water is emerging as a major natural hazard for many small islands in the Pacific.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a method of extracting natural gas from shale formations. Fracking has been around for many years, but recently, combining it with horizontal drilling has made it economically practical for gas extraction. While natural gas presents the U.S. with options to become more energy independent, there also are concerns about the process’s impact on the environment.
Fracking’s potential effects on drinking water supplies
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.
Results indicate that people in China are more concerned with water quality and availability
GE announced the results of a consumer water reuse survey. Based on 3,000 online interviews, the water reuse survey was conducted by GE in partnership with StrategyOne and examined consumer attitudes in three countries: China, Singapore and the U.S. The survey provides a comprehensive view of how residents of each country view water reuse and their willingness to support the protection and recycling of water.
This spring, Richard Mest, president of Master Water Conditioning Corp., was elected president of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Mest about what is in store in the next year for WQA and the water quality industry.
Kate Cline: What opportunities do you see in the coming year for this industry?
New WQA President Richard Mest on the state of the industry
USGS study shows nation's aquifers being drawn down at an accelerating rate
A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study entitled "Groundwater Depletion in the U.S. (1900-2008)" comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the U.S., bringing together reliable information from previous references and new analyses.
Analysis finds that educating end users on products’ benefits lowers resistance to new technology
Deteriorating water quality and technological innovations have given a huge boost to the water treatment equipment market in both residential and commercial segments in the Asia-Pacific region. People's desire for clean water and rising environmental consciousness in the wake of greater urbanization, pollution and occurrence of natural disasters have all ensured higher uptake of water treatment equipment.