GVR Report cover Primary Water & Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Primary Water & Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Primary Clarifier, Sludge Removal, Grit Removal), By Application (Municipal, Industrial), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2020 - 2027

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-818-3
  • Number of Pages: 100
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Report Overview

The global primary water and wastewater treatment equipment market size was valued at USD 12.12 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5% from 2020 to 2027. Rising demand for clean water has resulted in augmenting the number of water and sludge treatment plants globally, thereby driving the demand in the market. Primary water and wastewater treatment involve the separation of floating materials and heavy solids from effluent. The slurry is passed through several tanks and filters that separate water from contaminants. Low operating cost and high market visibility of the process are expected to play a crucial role in increasing the application scope of primary treatment over the forecast period. According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA), over 23,000 to 75,000 sanitary sewers overflow every year in the U.S., thereby augmenting the number of new users connected to the centralized treatment systems.

U.S. primary water & wastewater treatment equipment market size

The increasing number of users is expected to boost the demand for the construction of new slurry treatment plants or up-gradation of existing plants, driving demand for primary water and wastewater treatment equipment in the country. The discharge of untreated slurry from homes, municipal facilities, and industries into water bodies causes water pollution, thereby threatening the environment as well as human and animal life. Thus, the governments of various countries have introduced stringent regulations and standards for wastewater management for both municipal and industrial sectors, which is expected to drive market growth.

Primary wastewater treatment includes the removal of large solids from sewage using physical techniques such as sedimentation, skimming, and screening. During the primary treatment process, around 65% of the grease & oil, over 50% to 70% of the Total Suspended Solids (TSS), and 25% to 35% of the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) are removed.

Several governments have implemented stringent regulations related to wastewater discharge for industrial and municipal sectors, which is expected to boost the primary water and wastewater treatment equipment market growth. Key governmental authorities such as the U.S. EPA, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and European Environment Agency (EEA) play vital roles in preventing water pollution and improving the quality of the water environment.

Product Insights

The primary clarifier led the market and accounted for 28.7% of the global revenue in 2019 on account of its ability to remove around 25% of the total BOD, 40% to 60% of the suspended solids, and 90% to 95% of the settleable solids in the wastewater. The adoption of primary clarifiers in the paper mills aids in removing the fiber from the waste streams aids in augmenting the product demand.

Pre-treatment equipment majorly includes screening products such as bar screens, waterfall screens, coarse screens, trash racks, and others used for removing oil and grease in the wastewater. The demand for pre-treatment equipment is anticipated to witness growth due to its ability to lower the operating costs of the sludge management plants, reducing the risk of impairing the plant equipment in further stages.

Screening removes plastics, paper, metal, and rags to prevent the clogging and damage to the downstream piping and other equipment. Various modern wastewater management plants utilize fine screens, bar screens, and a coarse screen. Coarse screens remove debris, rags, and large solids with particle size more than 6mm, whereas fine screens remove particles in the range 1.5 to 6 mm.

Grit removal equipment is estimated to witness a CAGR of 3.3% from 2020 to 2027 in terms of revenue, owing to its ability to remove cinder, gravel, sand, coffee grounds, seeds, bone chips, and large organic particles such as food waste. Factors such as grit characteristics, the quantity of grit, space requirements, organic contents, cost, and removal efficiency are taken into consideration prior to the selection of grit removal systems.

Application Insights

Municipal led the market and accounted for 64.6% of the global revenue share in 2019. Factors such as growing residential construction, an increasing number of rural households switching to public sewers, rapid urbanization, and population growth are anticipated to drive demand for primary water and wastewater treatment equipment in the municipal sector.

Increasing federal funding in the wastewater management sector under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program in the U.S. is expected to drive the demand for wastewater management systems. This, in turn, is expected to have a positive impact on the primary water and wastewater treatment equipment market in the country.

Global primary water & wastewater treatment equipment market share

Industrial applications include significant sectors such as food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, and oil and gas. Factors such as the presence of stringent regulations regarding sludge discharge and growing investments in various industries are expected to drive the demand for primary water and wastewater treatment equipment in the industrial sector over the forecast period.

The industrial application segment is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 2.6% in North America from 2020 to 2027, in terms of revenue. The effluent from the paper and pulp industry is characterized by high levels of suspended solids, BOD and COD from the digestion process, and chlorinated organic products from the bleaching process. Increasing the adoption of primary wastewater treatment equipment in the paper and pulp industry is expected to drive growth.

Regional Insights

Asia Pacific dominated the market and accounted for 33.5% share of global revenue in 2019, on account of the presence of a strong consumer base in the region. The strong consumer base has led to a significant surge in demand for primary water and wastewater treatment equipment. Furthermore, improving economic conditions, rising population, and the presence of one of the most important manufacturing sectors are expected to complement growth.

The demand in India is estimated to witness growth over the forecast period, owing to the increasing demand for more reliable supplies of municipal and industrial water. Furthermore, positive developments in the country's economic conditions are likely to augment the market growth.

The demand for primary water and wastewater treatment equipment in Canada was valued at USD 353.7 billion in 2019. The presence of a supportive environment for business growth and proximity to the U.S., which are creating strong growth potential for the equipment suppliers and manufacturers, is anticipated to impact the market growth positively.

The robust presence of oil and gas reserves in Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth in Central and South America. Furthermore, airport expansions and the development of large-scale commercial structures, especially in Brazil and Columbia, are anticipated to drive the demand over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market comprises of both global and regional players engaged in design, production, distribution, and installation of primary water and wastewater treatment equipment. The strategies usually adopted by the companies include new product developments, and mergers and acquisitions to increase their market penetration, and cater to the changing technological requirements from the application industries. The market is characterized by the presence of a significant consumer base across the globe with the companies operating their business through dedicated distribution networks. Market participants are focusing on forming strategic partnerships with players to provide technological expertise for wastewater treatment in industries such as oil and gas, paper and pulp, and food and beverages. Some of the prominent players in the primary water and wastewater treatment equipment market include:

  • Xylem

  • Beckart Environmental, Inc.

  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC

  • ClearBlu Environmental

  • SUEZ

  • WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Lakeside Equipment Corporation

  • Ovivo

  • Veolia

  • Ecologix Environmental Systems, LLC

  • Parkson Corporation

  • Lenntech B.V.

  • Aqualitec Corp

  • Samco Technologies, Inc.

  • Envifab Equipments

Primary Water & Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 12.52 billion

Revenue forecast in 2027

USD 15.92 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.5% from 2020 to 2027

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2018

Forecast period

2020 - 2027

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2020 to 2027

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; U.K.; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; Argentina; UAE; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Xylem; Beckart Environmental, Inc.; Evoqua Water Technologies LLC; ClearBlu Environmental; SUEZ; WesTech Engineering, Inc.; Lakeside Equipment Corporation; Ovivo; Veolia; Ecologix Environmental Systems, LLC; Parkson Corporation; Lenntech B.V.; Aqualitec Corp; Samco Technologies, Inc.; Envifab Equipments

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2027. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global primary water and wastewater treatment equipment market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Primary Clarifier

    • Sludge Removal

    • Grit Removal

    • Pre-treatment

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • Municipal

    • Industrial

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2027)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • France

      • Germany

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • The U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • Australia

    • Central & South America

      • Argentina

      • Brazil

    • The Middle East & Africa

      • UAE

      • Saudi Arabia

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