Biological Wastewater Treatment Market: Introduction

  • Biological wastewater treatment is the process of harnessing the action of bacteria, nematodes, and other microorganisms from wastewater. The process results in generation of clean water. The process of biological wastewater treatment seems to be simple, but in fact is a complex process and still under research.
  • The contents that are present in wastewater are generally a buffet of organic matter, such as garbage, wastes, and partially digested foods. Wastewater may also contain pathogenic organisms, heavy metals, and toxins.
  • Normal cellular processes are used to break down organic waste. Typically, biological wastewater treatments rely on bacteria, nematodes, and other small organisms in breaking down the organic wastes.
  • The main objective of biological wastewater treatment is to establish a system in which the byproducts of decomposition are easily collected for proper disposal
  • Biological wastewater treatment is used worldwide, owing to the benefits of being more economical and effective over several other mechanical or chemical processes
  • Biological waste water treatment is generally classified into two main processes: aerobic and anaerobic. The process of biological wastewater treatment which takes place in the presence of oxygen is called aerobic process. On the contrary, process taking place in absence of oxygen is referred to as anaerobic process. In the process sequence, first, wastewater is treated to remove sediments and substance such as oil, which is referred to as primary treatment, after which the wastewater is sent for biological treatment.

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Key Drivers of Biological Wastewater Treatment Market

  • The rapid growth in industrial sector that includes pulp & paper, meat & poultry, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textile, dairy, breweries, oil & gas, and metal in developed as well as in developing regions in the world, owing to stringent regulations and high biological oxygen demand (BOD) requirements in industrial wastewater treatment is expected to drive the global biological wastewater treatment market during the forecast period.
  • Rapidly growing population and industrialization, stringent regulations regarding the disposal of wastewater into the environment or for reuse, aging infrastructure, and water scarcity & reusability of wastewater are posing increasing demand for biological wastewater treatment. This, in turn, is anticipated to drive the global biological wastewater treatment market in the next few years.
  • Advantages of biological wastewater treatment such as lower operating costs compared to alternative treatment processes; efficient degrading and removal of organic and inorganic compounds; and improved flexibility are making biological wastewater treatment widely acceptable, thereby driving the biological wastewater treatment market globally.

Biological Wastewater Treatment: Processes

  • Aerobic biological wastewater treatment process consists of an aerobic tank, oxidation ditches, surface & spray aeration, activated sludge, trickling filters, pond, lagoon-based treatments, and aerobic digestion
  • Diffused aeration system, used in aerobic biological wastewater treatment process, allows maximum oxygen to enter the aerobic tank. Large quantity of oxygen helps bacteria and other organisms to decompose organic substances in the wastewater at a faster rate.
  • The aerobic biological wastewater treatment process is used on a larger scale, due to its higher processing efficiency, simple design, and low capital cost
  • Anaerobic biological wastewater treatment process takes place in an oxygen-free environment using bacteria that help organic material deteriorate. It consists of lagoons and septic tanks and the process is widely used to handle wastewater from food & beverages industry, municipal, chemical effluent, and agricultural waste.
  • Low production of sludge, low consumption of energy, and production of byproducts such as methane gas after treatment are the advantages of using anaerobic biological wastewater treatment process

North America to Dominate Biological Wastewater Treatment Market

  • In terms of region, the global biological wastewater treatment market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • North America is anticipated to hold significant share of the global biological wastewater treatment market in the next few years. Demand for biological wastewater treatment is likely to increase in North America due to aging infrastructure, economic development, and increasing consumption of water from industries.
  • The biological wastewater treatment market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a faster rate, due to the factors such as rapidly increasing population, industrialization, and urbanization

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Key Manufacturers Operating in Market

The global biological wastewater treatment market was highly fragmented in 2018. Major players have prominent presence in the developing countries. Key manufacturers operating in the global market include:

  • Veolia
  • Suez Water Technologies & Solutions
  • Aquatech International
  • Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Pentair plc
  • Xylem Inc.
  • Samco Technologies, Inc. 
  • Dryden Aqua Ltd.
  • DAS Environmental Expert GmbH
  • DowDuPont Inc.
  • 3M
  • Calgon Carbon Corporation

Global Biological Wastewater Treatment Market: Research Scope

Global Biological Wastewater Treatment Market, by Process

  • Aerobic
  • Anaerobic

Global Biological Wastewater Treatment Market, by End-use Industry

  • Municipal
  • Industrial
    • Pulp & Paper
    • Meat & Poultry
    • Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Others (textile, dairy, breweries, oil & gas, metal)

Global Biological Wastewater Treatment Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

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