Desalination & Water Treatment in India The Indian Desalination industry is facing the woes of the larger infrastructure sector with companies fighting with the government over contractual issues even as the infrastructure goes to waste. Note the PPP model of government private sector has not really worked very well in India. The private companies are […]

Water Purifying Industry in India is growing by leaps and bounds and has attracted a host of new entrants which are consumer giants.Earlier the field used to be dominated by Eureka Forbes which operated in the premium segment and focused on urban India alone.But with income increasing and people realizing the importance of clean water,other companies have entered the Water Purifying Industry.HLL and the Tata Group have introduced products for the lower segment of the market in the price range o f Rs 1000 as compared to the Rs 5-10,000 wafer filters by the incumbent Eureka Forbes.This has forced other companies to come with lower priced products as well.With the vast majority of Indians forced to go without tapped water leave alone treated water,this industry is set to grow in double digits for a long time.Water Treatment Companies too are growing rapidly as the Water Purification at the Municipal,Industrial Level is getting importance.

The above companies are the suppliers of the best wafer purifiers in India.Its tough to make a call on the best as it depends a lot on the nature of the water and price.However Kent and Eureka Forbes are generaly considered the best brands of water filters in India due to their products,after sales service and product range.In the lower priced band,Pureit is considered as good bet especially for rural India where the purchasing power is not that high.

Desalination facilities exist in about 120 countries around the world. According to the International Desalination Association (IDA), the global desalination market is expected to grow to US$ 95 billion through 2005 to 2015. According to a report by Global Water Intelligence (GWI), the worldwide desalination industry is expected to grow 140 percent over the next decade, with US$ 25 billion in capital investment by 2010 and US$ 56 billion by 2015. While countries like the US, Spain, and the Gulf countries have been able to build mega plants, other countries in Asia, Africa, and South America have inadequate resources to do so. Initiatives have been taken by the governments in Spain, the Middle East, and Australia to construct desalination plants to turn seawater into drinking water.

A growing population has increased the demand for drinking water and rapid urbanization has required increasing sewage treatment. Many industries have been forced to adopt water-recycling systems due to the scarcity of water. Growing public concern, media pressure and renewed legislation has left industries with no option but to install water treatment equipment. The water treatment companies offer sustainable solutions that serve as the economic basis for a region and provide enhanced quality of life for people. They aim at the conservation and ecological utilization of water. However, Indian companies have limited capabilities and technology for the design of water treatment plants. There is a distinct opportunity for U.S. companies to offer technical consulting.