The Global Agricultural Wastewater Treatment (WWT) Market Estimated At US$2.58 Billion In 2022, Is Projected To Reach A Revised Size Of US$ 4.60 Billion By 2030, Growing At A CAGR Of 7.50% Over The Period 2022-2030.
Agricultural wastewater treatment is a farm management program intended to prevent pollution from unsanitary surface discharge caused by pesticides, animal slurry, fertilizer, crop residues, and irrigation water.
Humanity requires water and wastewater treatment to satisfy the rising demand for water resources, not only for municipal and agricultural uses but also for vital industrial processes. Over forty percent of the world's population currently resides in regions with severe water stress. With only about 1% of the available water on Earth being freshwater, countries with severe water scarcity have been compelled to convert saline to freshwater through the desalination process. During the third MENA Desalination Projects Forum in March 2022, for example, Saudi Arabia unveiled over sixty water treatment projects. By the end of 2027, these projects will increase the nation's desalination capacity by a factor of three.
Several countries' economic growth has stalled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to the suspension of manufacturing facilities, a decline in demand for oil and gas, and a disruption in the supply chain. Several end-use industries' demand for industrial wastewater treatment compounds decreased in 2020. Due to limited supply and imports, the price of synthetic and bio-based chemicals is rising, which is anticipated to increase the price of water treatment technologies and chemicals in the near future. The hefty price increase will be passed on to consumers.
Due to lockdowns and travel restrictions, a decline in demand for water treatment utilities from large industrial and commercial consumers has significantly impacted the market's revenue potential.
Prior to the discharge of water into rivers and other water resources, agricultural wastewater treatment primarily utilizes chemicals to remove pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Chemical processes are the predominant method for treating effluent from the agricultural sector. Prior to the discharge of water in rivers or other sources, these chemicals are primarily used to treat pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Chemical precipitation, coagulation, flocculation processes, absorption process, etc., are common chemical treatment processes used to remove colloidal particles and microorganisms from effluent. Growing global demand for agricultural products is likely to increase the demand for agricultural production, which is likely to drive the market for chemical agricultural effluent treatment technology. Consequently, the market will be dominated by chemical treatment technology due to the aforementioned factors.
- Rapid mechanization and food industry industrialization
The swiftly expanding markets for automation and food safety have increased the consumption of existing freshwater resources. The indiscriminate discharge of effluent from various industries and agriculture into freshwater sources has also caused a biological imbalance. Multiple human activities, including the presence of chemical refuse that causes fires in lakes, have polluted freshwater sources. Thus, the agricultural wastewater treatment market utilizes chemicals in the management of pesticides and other hazardous substances prior to releasing the water into a river or other water resource, resulting in a high demand for this resource.
- The extensive use of fertilizers in agriculture
Agriculture contributes to the high-water consumption because it is the most important industry for emerging economies. Consequently, the use of fertilizers will increase during the forecast period due to the high demand for agricultural effluent treatment. Similarly, rapidly depleting water resources around the globe, rising water pollution issues as a result of increased agricultural activities, an increase in the agriculture industry, fertilizer consumption, and a growing population are expected to act as major growth drivers for the agricultural wastewater treatment market between 2022 and 2029.
- Rapid mechanization and industrialization of the agricultural industry
Rapidly expanding markets for automation and food safety have increased demand for existing freshwater supplies. A biological imbalance has also been caused by the indiscriminate discharge of effluent from various industries and agriculture into freshwater sources. Multiple human activities, including the presence of chemical waste that ignites waters, have contaminated freshwater sources. Thus, the market for agricultural wastewater treatment utilizes chemicals in the management of pesticides and other hazardous substances prior to releasing water into a river or other water resource, resulting in a high demand for this resource.
- Agriculture's extensive use of fertilizers
As the most significant industry in emerging economies, agriculture contributes to the high water consumption. Due to the increased demand for agricultural effluent treatment, there will be an increase in the use of fertilizers over the forecast period. Similarly, between 2022 and 2029, major growth drivers for the agricultural wastewater treatment market are anticipated to be rapidly depleting water resources globally, rising water pollution issues as a result of increased agricultural activities, a rise in the agriculture industry, increased fertilizer consumption, and a growing population.
- Lack of Knowledge Regarding the Treatment of Agricultural Wastewater
Lack of awareness about advanced wastewater management, lack of investments in technological advancements, monitoring, operational deficiencies, and health and safety risk factors are anticipated to restrain market growth during the forecast period. In countries with limited incomes, only 8-10% of wastewater is treated. The majority of farmers in developing nations are oblivious that they use wastewater directly, especially when their farms are located downstream of large cities where wastewater is dumped into open water. In addition, they are unaware that the effluent flowing from large urban areas is untreated and heavily laden with the entire spectrum of pathogens found in the local population.
- Increasing demand for high-value and specialized formulations
In the majority of markets, low-cost commodity industrial wastewater treatment chemicals are being supplanted by high-value and specialized formulations required for particular applications. This makes it possible for the oil and gas, chemical, mining, and metallurgy industries to create specific formulations. In comparison to conventional formulations, new products are typically more eco-friendly and offer superior performance at lower loadings, thereby increasing the demand for such formulations.
- Increasing Investments and Active Research in Water Treatment
Water treatment technologies are crucial for removing contaminants and pathogens prior to delivering clean, potable water supplies. In response to stringent environmental regulations, the global wastewater treatment market is undergoing accelerated change. Significant companies actively partake in this market's research landscape in order to provide solutions that are both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Research on water technology, such as freshwater assessment and wastewater remediation, has yielded promising results over the past decade. Several experimental technologies are implemented.
Moreover, a number of these technologies have proven to be effective water remediation methods. The moving bed biofilm reactor is one of the most promising and commercially viable technologies among many recently developed technologies. Significant pilot programs in developing nations aid in determining the cost-effectiveness of various technologies. Governments are increasing their funding for research into water remediation technologies that serve the public more effectively. The future of the water and wastewater treatment market is likely to present opportunities for the agricultural wastewater treatment market worldwide.
- Costly Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Poverty is the most influential underlying factor on the aforementioned principal determinants of wastewater use. In dense, rapidly growing regions where increasing volumes of wastewater are produced, insufficient financial and coping resources impede the establishment of comprehensive wastewater management systems for the collection, treatment, and reuse of wastewater to meet the infrastructure requirements of urbanization. However, the use of untreated wastewater is not limited to countries with the lowest GDP; it is also a prevalent practice in many countries with a middle-income because they do not wish to spend money on additional wastewater treatment. Such factors have become a significant obstacle for the market for agricultural wastewater remediation.
- In January 2022 - Evoqua Water Technologies LLC purchased the Renal Division from STERIS Group subsidiaries Mar Cor Purification and Cantel Medical. The acquisition enhanced the company's ability to offer proven water solutions to the healthcare industry in North America.
- In November 2021 - Kemira increased the production capacity of water treatment chemicals in the United Kingdom. This expansion will increase the annual production of ferric-based water treatment compounds in Goole by over 100 kilotons. In January 2021, the company increased production of aluminum-based water treatment compounds by 30,000 tons in Ellesmere Port.
- In January 2021 - AECOM announced a collaboration with Bergen County Utilities Authority of Northern New Jersey and Columbia University (New York City) to monitor COVID-19 ribonucleic acid (RNA) in BCUA sewer wastewater.
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- Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Japan)
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The global agricultural wastewater treatment market is segmented by technology, pollutant source, and application.
By Pollutant Source:
In 2020, the non-point source segment accounted for 61% of the agricultural wastewater treatment market. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of the world's total water consumption and is the largest non-point source polluter of surface and groundwater. Agriculture pesticides and fertilizers, organic debris, antibiotics, silage liquor, and crop processing wastes can contaminate both groundwater and surface water. Pollution from nonpoint sources consists of sediment runoff, nutrient discharge, and pesticides. Animal wastes, milking parlor (dairy farming) wastes, feed production waste, winery refuse, etc. are examples of point source pollution. It is difficult to regulate the nutrients discharged as a result of agricultural runoff (from farmlands to receiving waters).
Nonpoint source pollution has long been recognized as a significant factor in eutrophication levels. It contains nitrates, ammonium, phosphorus compounds, heavy metals, and persistent organic contaminants. In Italy, agricultural non-point source pollution is estimated to account for 21% of the total nitrogen burden and 71% of the total phosphorus load. To protect the water environment, it is vitally important to reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollutants adequately. Consequently, as the demand for fertilizers rises, there will be a rise in non-point source pollutants, which will increase the need to eliminate them, thereby fueling the growth of the market for agricultural wastewater treatment.
- Point Source
- Non-point Source
By Treatment Technology:
As chemical treatment of agricultural wastewater expedites its disinfection, the chemical solutions segment held the largest share of the agricultural wastewater treatment market in 2020, at 36.0%. Water scarcity is one of the world's greatest problems, and millions of people lack access to clean water. In many countries, untreated effluent is widely used for agriculture. This is one of the most significant environmental and public health issues in the world. Instead of using untreated wastewater, it has been determined that treated wastewater is more applicable and environmentally favorable. Biological, physical, and chemical solutions are all capable of treating wastewater.
Chemical wastewater treatment facilitates the separation of dissolved contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, fertilizers, organic substances, sediment, etc. through the addition of targeted substances. Precipitation, ion exchange, flocculation, chemisorption, UV treatment, ozone treatment, etc., are some of the chemical processes used to remediate wastewater. As demand for the reuse of agricultural effluent rises, chemical solutions are anticipated to dominate the market over the forecast period.
- Physical Solutions
- Chemical Solutions
- Biological Solutions
In 2020, the dairy segment held a substantial 24 % share of the agricultural wastewater treatment market. After a slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for dairy products has shown positive signals, according to the FAO's Food Outlook report for 2021. Asia is expected to produce the most milk, followed by North America, in 2021, with a global milk output of 921 million tons, an increase of 1.6% from 2020. Increases in the number of dairy cattle in India and the expansion of large-scale farms in China sustain the development of Asia's milk output. The world trade in dairy products is projected to reach 88 million tons (in milk equivalents) in 2021, a 2.6% increase from 2020, with a greater concentration of imports in Asia, particularly China.
Water is a crucial refining medium in dairy industries. In the dairy industry, water is utilized in all processing stages, including cleaning, sanitization, heating, cooling, and cleaning of external areas. Consequently, the water demand is substantial. By reducing the dairy industry's reliance on freshwater, the practice of reusing treated agricultural wastewater can enhance the industry's environmental impacts and boost its profits. The reuse contributes to a decrease in the consumption of natural water from an environmental perspective. In the dairy industry, the reuse of treated agricultural wastewater should be encouraged for replacing water in cooling towers and for sound manufacturing practices, such as washing vehicle floors and exteriors and rinsing outside areas. Due to the numerous ways in which wastewater can be utilized, the dairy industry and the market for agricultural wastewater treatment benefit.
China comprises approximately 7% of the world's total agricultural land and thus provides food for 22% of the global population. The nation is the leading producer of a wide range of commodities, including rice, cotton, potatoes, and other vegetables. Consequently, the domestic demand for agricultural wastewater remediation is increasing rapidly.
Over the past decade, China's population has grown at an astounding rate, and more than half of the population now resides in urban areas. The rate of urbanization is rising as governments promote economic expansion. It is anticipated that this will increase the demand for upgraded agricultural effluent infrastructure.
China's poultry production in 2022 is anticipated to surpass that of 2021, as prices recover, demand increases, and new facilities increase production capacity. The anticipated growth rate is approximately 20%.
Chinese producers produced approximately 212,84 million metric tons of rice in 2021. During the same period, China's wheat production reached approximately 136.95 million metric tons. China's rice, wheat, and maize production increased steadily until 2015, leveled off after that, and then increased again in 2021.
China is expected to dominate the Asia-Pacific region based on these factors.
- North America
- Rest of North America
- Nordic Countries
- Benelux Union
- The Netherlands
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Southeast Asia
- Rest of Southeast Asia
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- The Middle East & Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of the Middle East & Africa
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
Scope Of Report:
||Value (USD Billion)
||CAGR of 7.50% from 2023 to 2030
By Pollutant Source
- Point Source
- Non-point Source
By Treatment Technology
- Physical Solutions
- Chemical Solutions
- Biological Solutions
- BASF SE (Germany)
- Ecolab Inc. (US)
- Kemira (Finland)
- Suez (France)
- Veolia (France)
- Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (Japan)
- Thermax Limited (India)
- Dow (US)
- IDEX (US)
- LEWA GmbH (Germany)
| Regional Scope
- North America
- The Middle East & Africa
- Latin America
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