Statistics, news & updates: everything you need to know about the Water & Waste Water Treatment Industry in India

Water & Waste-Water Sector in India
  • Summary
  • Industry Clusters
  • Growth Drivers
  • Key Players
  • Market Stats


India is the 2nd largest water consumer of the world and needs around 740 billion cubic meters per year to serve India’s population. Water demand is expected to surpass supply within the next 20-25 years, which in turn is generating strong growth opportunities for the Water & Waste Water treatment sector. An increasing demand for water due to increased awareness about water quality and health is also an important topic for companies in the Water and Waste Water treatment sector. There is a huge demand for international, innovative water treatment technology in the sector. The investment opportunities in the water sector are forecasted to increase to $130 billion by 2030.

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Map – Industry Clusters

Map-Clusters - Water and Waste Water Treatment Industry

Growth Drivers

  • Exponentially increasing demand of water due to population growth, agricultural use, environmental degradation and economic development
  • The waste water recycling and reuse industry is still at its nascent stage
  • 80% of india’s population faces severe water scarcity for at least a month every year
  • Government has set the target of 100% sanitation by 2022 and is working to boost cleanliness

Key Players in India


  • GE Water, UEM, VATech Wabag, Hitachi, Veolia, Aqua Innovations, Siemens Water Technologies, WOG Technologies


  • Ion Exchange India, SPML Infra, Hindustan Dorr-Oliver, Thermax Ltd., Voltas, SCF Environmetal Technologies

Market Stats

  • Rural Sanitation increased from 40% in 2013 to 60% in 2017
  • Less than 10 cities in India treat more than 50% of their waste water
  • Market Size (2015): $4.42 billion
  • Expected CAGR till 2020: 10%-12%
  • Water and Waste Water treatment chemicals market is expected to reach $675 million by 2020
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