U.S. bottled water consumption increases 6.2% in 2012; sales up 6.7%
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) has released 2012 bottled water statistics, compiled by BMC, a research, consulting and financial services firm dedicated to the global beverage industry. The new data show that the overall consumption of bottled water increased by 6.2% and bottled water sales were up 6.7%.
With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.
Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013
Change — it’s one of the few things we can count on, day in and day out. These days, change seems to happen at the speed of light, and while it may seem overwhelming, the many opportunities it brings also can be exhilarating. 2013 is poised to bring a wave of changes to the water treatment industry — and with it, a range of possibilities for those ready to grab them.
Combining technologies provides versatility in treating different kinds of water sources while keeping costs low
Rapid urbanization in the Asia Pacific region is prompting the rural population to intensify its demands for a better quality of life, which includes access to cleaner and purer water. This, coupled with demand for high-quality water from water-intensive industries, makes a robust case for mobile water treatment in the region.
New analysis from Frost and Sullivan, "Asia-Pacific Mobile Water Treatment Market," finds that the market earned revenues of $48.2 million in 2011 and is expected to reach $298.3 million by 2017.
About 1.7 billion people live in areas where groundwater is used more quickly than it can be replenished
Groundwater supplies water to billions of people and is important for agricultural irrigation and the health of ecosystems. Water resource assessments tend to focus on surface water, but there is increasing concern about the depletion of groundwater. Although groundwater stored in aquifers is naturally renewed, shortages can occur when it is removed more quickly than it is recharged. In order to devise appropriate management strategies and communicate the issue to the public, it is necessary to understand the extent of the problem and identify locations of particular concern.
Water Quality Products understands the importance of keeping up to date with current industry trends and information. We are pleased to bring you our sixth annual State of the Industry Report, which includes valuable current information regarding the water treatment industry and its trends.
An assessment of the water treatment industry
It's that time of year again — as 2012 draws to a close, everyone is reflecting on the year that just passed and planning for the year ahead. This year certainly has had its share of changes and challenges, from the still-bumpy economy to changing regulations to the presidential election; but, as always, the water treatment industry is meeting the challenges head on.
This fall, Water Quality Products conducted its sixth annual State of the Industry survey to obtain readers' perspectives on how this rollercoaster of a year has affected their businesses.
AHR Expo survey reveals that 70% of respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013
According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70% of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15% of these manufacturers expect a “much better year,” while 28% percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same. Just 3% expect it to be worse than 2012.
Many regions across the U.S. are experiencing drought conditions, and in the past few years Texas has been especially hard hit. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline spoke with Bob Boerner, president of Culligan Southwest Inc., to find out how the drought is affecting water quality in the state.
Kate Cline: What is the status of the drought in Texas? What is the outlook?
“Ignorance is bliss,” or so the old adage goes—but unfortunately, when it comes to water, ignorance can be dangerous. According to a survey conducted by the Nature Conservancy, 77% of Americans who do not use private water wells do not know where their drinking water comes from.