Digital Water Networks 2020-2030
A market analysis of the sensors and technologies used in smart water networks and smart wastewater networks. Technologies, players and forecasts.
By 2030, the sensor market in water and wastewater networks is predicted to be over $2Bn.
In the next decade, digital water technologies will be the next big innovation. With an industry predicted to be over $2Bn in 2030, this is a wide-reaching opportunity for many and a market which has a global impact. In order to create an efficient and optimised system, water and wastewater networks must find quick and decisive answers to many questions - where is the network leaking? Can we accurately predict our customers' water use? How can our processes be optimised? These questions can be answered by the implementation of sensors: creating a digital, smart, water network. This report from IDTechEx aims to provide a holistic overview of the opportunities available within the future digitisation of the water and wastewater network markets.
The WHO said in 2019 that 71% of the world's population have access to clean water. There is a direct impact on the consumer, and many companies must meet targets and goals set by their country or industry body. However, unlike the oil and gas industry, the water industry is behind with its uptake of digitisation and in monitoring of networks in many countries across the globe. With water shortages occurring across some countries - e.g. Cape Town, South Africa in 2018 - there is a real need to better monitor the usage, supply, and treatment of both supply water and waste-water networks. To achieve these goals, the water industry must digitise, and become a "Digital Water Network".
A digital, or "smart", water network is a water network which has additional capabilities, sensors, IoT devices, which allow the user to maintain and run a network more efficiently and effectively.
Such a water network enables water utilities to:
- Remotely monitor and identify problems, so they can pre-emptively prioritize and identify maintenance issues. They can then remotely control all aspects of the water distribution network using data insights.
- The customer can be provided with information and tools so they can make informed choices about their behaviour patterns.
- Transparently and confidentially comply with regulations and policies on water quality and conservation.
There are many different solutions available for water utilities and municipal areas to use for digitising their networks. Within this report, there are multiple sensors discussed and examples shown, with their use cases, benefits, and drawbacks discussed. These sensors are grouped into 6 main areas:
- Pressure Measurements
- Flow levels
- Flow meters
- Acoustic emission
- Chemical measurements
These sensors can be used in multiple applications across the water and wastewater industries to help companies and municipalities reach their targets and goals. For example, they can be used in water pipe networks, water treatment plants, wastewater pipe networks and wastewater treatment plants. This report provides a clear and concise analysis of these four sectors, and opportunities for all these summarised, for quick and easy understanding of this exciting market area.
Finally, this report also encompasses a brief discussion on the different aspects which must be considered for a successful digitisation of a water or wastewater network. For example, the different skills which would be needed such as data analytics, and the impact of cyber security on the network digitisation.
With more data, more insights, and more opportunities, this industry is beginning to follow the hype and is predicted to become an over $2Bn industry by 2030.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- 1.1. Executive Introduction
- 1.2. What is the water network?
- 1.3. What makes up a water network?
- 1.4. What can be measured in a water network?
- 1.5. What is a Digital Water Network?
- 1.6. Benefits of digitisation
- 1.7. Where can the process be digitised?
- 1.8. Who are the players in the water and wastewater networks?
- 1.9. Sensor/Device Market: type split
- 1.10. Treatment Market Analyses
- 1.11. SWOT: Water and Wastewater treatment
- 1.12. Forecasts: Sensors in the Water Pipe Market
- 1.13. Forecasts: Sensors in the Wastewater Pipe Market
- 1.14. Forecasts: Sensors in the Water Treatment Market
- 1.15. Forecasts: Sensors in the Wastewater Treatment Market
- 1.16. Forecasts: Revenue from all sectors
- 1.17. Main conclusions
2. INTRODUCTION TO WATER NETWORKS
- 2.1. What is the water network?
- 2.2. Technologies in water networks
- 2.3. What makes up a water network?
- 2.4. What can be measured in a digital water network?
- 2.5. What is water treatment?
- 2.6. Stages of Water Treatment
- 2.7. Stages of Wastewater Treatment
- 2.8. Stages of waste-water treatment
- 2.9. Types of Water treatment
- 2.10. Drinking water chemical limits
- 2.11. What is a Digital Water Network?
- 2.12. Benefits of Digitisation
- 2.13. Barriers to Adoption for Digital and Smart Sensors in the Water Network
- 2.14. The Need for Digitisation
- 2.15. Types of Company
- 2.16. Types of Utility Company
- 2.17. Where can the process be digitised?
3. THE VALUE CHAIN
- 3.1. What is the value chain?
- 3.2. Utility
- 3.3. Consumer
- 3.4. Regulation and Policies
- 3.5. External Influencing Factors
- 3.6. Communication Providers
4. MEASUREMENT DEVICES AND METHODS
- 4.1. Introduction to measuring
- 4.2. Pressure Measurements
- 4.3. Flow Levels
- 4.4. Types of Flow Levels
- 4.5. Flow Meters
- 4.6. Types of Flow Meters
- 4.7. Acoustic Emission Leak Detection
- 4.8. Temperature
- 4.9. Chemical Measurements
5. DEVICE TRENDS
- 5.1. Introduction
- 5.2. Measuring limitations
- 5.3. Different pipes, different materials
- 5.4. Identifying Leaks
- 5.5. Comparing sensor leak identification methods
- 5.6. Pipe materials: benefits and limitations
- 5.7. Historic Trends - Flow Meters
- 5.8. Historic Trends - Flow Levels
6. THE OVERALL PICTURE OF THE WATER + WASTEWATER NETWORKS
- 6.1. The Overall Picture
- 6.2. The Overall Picture - potable water network pipes
- 6.3. The Overall Picture - potable water distribution pipes
- 6.4. The Overall Picture - Potable Water Treatment
- 6.5. The Overall Picture - Waste-water Treatment
- 6.6. The Overall Picture - Industry
7. HOW CAN DIGITAL WATER NETWORKS BE INCORPORATED INTO INFRASTRUCTURE?
- 7.1. Introduction
- 7.2. Case study 1 - Thames Water UK
- 7.3. Case Study 2 - Xylem & its products
- 7.4. Case study 3 - Smart Meters in South Korea
- 7.5. Case Study 4 - Suez (Europe)
- 7.6. Case Study 5 - Shenzhen, China
- 7.7. Digital Water Needs Digital Skills
- 7.8. Why the slow technology uptake?
8. CURRENT MARKET ANALYSIS
- 8.1. How many people have a connection?
- 8.2. Urban and Rural Disparity
- 8.3. Pipe Network Size
- 8.4. Optimal Sensor Number
- 8.5. Sensor/Device Market: type split
- 8.6. There is opportunity for sensors in water treatment
- 8.7. An analysis of the water treatment market
- 8.8. Wastewater treatment market analysis
- 8.9. Wastewater treatment market analysis
- 8.10. SWOT: Water and Wastewater treatment
- 9.1. Introduction
- 9.2. Sensors in the Water Pipe Market
- 9.3. Sensors in the Wastewater Pipe Market
- 9.4. Sensors in the Water Treatment Market
- 9.5. Sensors in the Wastewater Treatment Market
- 9.6. Revenue from all sectors
- 9.7. Revenue by sensor type
- 9.8. Full Data: Wastewater Treatment Market
- 9.9. Full Data: Water Treatment Market
- 9.10. Full Data: Wastewater Pipe Market
- 9.11. Full Data: Water Pipe Market
10. DEVICE MANUFACTURERS
- 10.1. Introduction
- 10.2. Flexim Instruments Ltd.
- 10.3. Pure Tech Ltd.
- 10.4. Echologics LLC
- 10.5. Dynamic Flow Technologies
- 10.6. Sandhurst Instruments
- 10.7. Swan Analytical Instruments
- 10.8. Gill Sensors and Controls
- 10.9. Aganova
- 10.10. Utilis
- 10.11. Lovibond
- 10.12. Hydrosave
- 10.13. Metasphere
- 10.14. Langham Industrial Controls Ltd.
- 10.15. South West Sensor
- 10.16. Sensorex
- 10.17. Process instruments
- 10.18. ANB Sensors
- 10.19. Idrica/Go Aigua
- 10.20. BlackBox Controls
- 10.21. Ingeniousware
11. NETWORK SUPPLIERS
- 11.1. Introduction
- 11.2. Xylem
- 11.3. Hatch
- 11.4. HWM Global
- 11.5. ABB Group
- 11.6. Muller Water Products
- 11.7. KROHNE
- 11.8. ATI UK
- 11.9. Emerson
- 11.10. Dow Water and Process Solutions
- 11.11. 3M
- 11.12. Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.
- 11.13. Kingspan Water and Energy
- 11.14. Pentair
12. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL UTILITIES COMPANIES
- 12.1. Introduction
- 12.2. United Utilities
- 12.3. Wessex Water
- 12.4. Thames Water
- 12.5. South West Water
- 12.6. K-water
- 12.7. Suez Environment
- 12.8. Veolia Group
13. RELATED AREAS: WATER RECYCLING
- 13.1. What is recycled water?
- 13.2. Where can be recycled water be used?
- 13.3. Case Study: Singapore
- 13.4. Case Study: Israel
- 13.5. Case Study: USA
14. RELATED AREAS: COMMUNICATION AND SECURITY
- 14.1. Smart water and the Smart City
- 14.2. Cyber Security of networks
15. COMPANY PROFILES
- 15.1. Companies discussed in this report