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Water recycle, reuse market expands, says U.S. report


April 7, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

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Albany, NY – Conservation of water for the use of future generations is driving a growing market for recycling and reuse technology, suggests a recent market study published by Transparency Market Research.

The report, entitled “Water Recycle and Reuse Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Growth and Forecast 2015 – 2023,” explores several facets of water recycling and reuse of treated water, Transparency Market Research said in a news release.

The presence of water, which covers almost 71% of the Earth’s surface, has been the crucial factor allowing humans to migrate to new regions and found civilizations, the report said. Paradoxically, several activities resulting from large-scale urbanization in modern times have been the root cause of air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, and other forms of environmental deterioration and need a solution to save the environment in the long run.

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Water recycling, also known as water reuse and water reclamation, involves treating wastewater to be used for such purposes as toilet flushing, agricultural irrigation and industrial processes. Other applications of recycled non-potable water include cooling applications in oil refineries and power plants. Industrial processes also release large volumes of water, which is used for construction activities, concrete mixing, artificial lakes, paper mills, etc.

Through mainly used for non-potable needs, recycled water is slowly finding its way into drinking applications as well. These projects include replenishing ground water aquifers and boosting surface water reservoirs with recycled water. For example, in the U.S., a project for recycled water involves direct injection: recycled water is infused into the aquifer to prevent salt water from mixing into ground water. This process increases ground water levels significantly.

The report may be found here.