LONDON --- According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global water quality sensors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecast period. This research report titled ‘Global Water Quality Sensors Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
The water quality sensors market in EMEA will grow at the highest CAGR of 9.22% during the forecast period.
Even though, geographically, the Americas lead the global water quality sensors market, EMEA will grow the fastest among all the regions. The establishment of a number of bodies and initiatives, such as the Water Framework Directive and the European Environment Agency, to improve the overall quality of water in the region will lead to a rise in demand for water quality sensors market in EMEA. Grants from the EU to develop AQUASHIELD online water monitoring will also drive the market. Optiqua has already tested its sensors at the drinking water grid at the city of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.
The global water quality sensors market has been segmented among the following application segments as shown in the table below:
Global water quality sensors market by application 2015 (revenue % share)
Ground water and surface water 25.90%
Drinking water 22.80%
Waste water 20.53%
Coastal and estuarine 6.08%
Ground water and surface water
Of all the different reservoirs available on the earth, ground water is the most valuable as it is the main source of drinking water for the humans. About half of the world population as well as utilization for agriculture depends on ground water. This overuse of ground water and increased human activity arising from rapid urbanization have led to the depletion of ground water resources. It has also led to a reduction in surface water levels, drying up of wells and lakes, and salt water intrusion.
Sunil Kumar Singh, a lead analyst at Technavio, specializing in research on semiconductor equipment, says, “Apart from excess extraction, ground, as well as surface water, are also threatened by the industrialization, increased use of agricultural land, and contamination by municipal drainage, making it important to check the reliability of the water supplies. With the help of water quality sensors, the meters are able to record multiple readings simultaneously for different parameters.”
Water quality instruments are used for drinking water application in two main ways. Quality check instruments for taking a sample, collecting baseline data, and finally profiling the sample are required to have a better understanding of the characteristics of the source of the water supply. Monitoring drinking water sources, such as wells and ground water reservoirs, shows change in the quality of the water and can raise early warning flags. The other emerging application of the water quality sensors is in the real-time monitoring of the quality of the water throughout the supply system. With the development of smart cities, vendors are introducing technological solutions like the development of the smart water management system. “In fact, many vendors such as YSI, a Xylem Group firm, have moved beyond event monitoring and are using analytics through the readings obtained from water quality sensors, to take a data-driven decision,” adds Sunil.
The market for water quality sensors for the waste water application market is mainly driven by industrial waste. As urbanization is increasing and more and more industries are being set up, the water reservoirs and sources are increasingly getting polluted. Governments of developing countries are also encouraging in-house manufacturing and providing support to startups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such initiatives by governments across the world are resulting in an increase in industries and thus industrial waste. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists more than 90 contaminants which need to be checked for the water quality before it is feasible for drinking. As a result, waste water from industries is treated before it is allowed to mix with natural water and for quality assurance of water requires water quality sensors.
The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s hardware and semiconductor research analysts in this report are:
• Environmental Measurements
• Optiqua Technologies
• Thermo Fisher Scientific