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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.
As the costs of addressing the water needs are high, mobile water treatment systems are fast emerging as the most viable option in countries with budgetary constraints.
Water quality and type vary from location to location, depending on the source and geography, and this has a direct impact on costs. To keep systems affordable, the biggest players are leveraging their strengths in different technologies to put together the best combination of technologies, which can treat a vast variance of water influents.
"Mobile systems' ease of transport and quality of output are popularizing them at the consumer level; while the increase in investments and the number of water-intensive industries is driving the market at the commercial and industrial level," said Frost & Sullivan Research Associate Prashanth Kay.
Additionally, this market benefits from the need for emergency solutions during disaster relief and the demand from the defense sector for portable water solutions. As technology develops and legislation on water quality strengthens, cost is expected to drop.
However, at present, there is a lack of regulation on both the quality of water and treated industry effluent. Stringent legislation can compel industries to adopt mobile water treatment systems to comply with regulations, as this could be a better option than heavy investments in treatment facilities.
"The market for mobile water treatment systems is being spearheaded by companies that provide the best form of technology at the most reasonable price," Kay said. "This, and the availability of fleet at any given time, is what drives the sales of the top competitors."