Growth in South African municipal water, wastewater treatment equipment market generates opportunities for suppliers

June 15, 2007
The rising demand for water and a push towards better sanitary standards have led to the upgrading and expansion of municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities across South Africa. While these are generating substantial opportunities for water and wastewater treatment equipment providers, vendors should understand that municipalities are looking for greater value for money than just inexpensive equipment. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, South African Municipal Water...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 14 2007 -- The rising demand for water and a push towards better sanitary standards have led to the upgrading and expansion of municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities across South Africa. While these are generating substantial opportunities for water and wastewater treatment equipment providers, vendors should understand that municipalities are looking for greater value for money than just inexpensive equipment.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, South African Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment End-User Analysis, finds that the South African municipal water and wastewater treatment equipment is witnessing considerable growth. This is largely due to municipalities expanding their existing equipment and installing new water treatment plants to cater for the growing urban population and to provide water and sanitation to rural areas. Furthermore, there is the emergence of a new market for upgrading and maintaining municipalities' archaic equipment.

"South Africa is set to spend in excess of $50 billion as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative -- South Africa (ASGISA) program unfolds in the next two to three years," notes Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Moses Duma. "While this money will be used to develop a number of social amenities including water and wastewater treatment plants, South African municipalities are also set to increase their water capacities to take care of the anticipated influx of people during the Soccer World Cup in 2010."

However, the municipalities' will to invest in water treatment equipment is hampered by factors such as skill shortages, prolonged bureaucratic decision-making processes and insufficient awareness about new water and wastewater treatment technologies among key decision makers.

Moreover, despite the huge finances being channeled towards infrastructural development, municipalities are still more likely to purchase conventional equipment they know and can easily operate, rather than choosing new technologies.

"With respect to selection criteria, municipalities clearly agreed that the quality of final water or effluent produced by the equipment matters most," says Duma. "They argued that all the equipment they select should be able to produce the final water or effluent that at least meets the quality standards set by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF). Affordable and reliable good value equipment with low maintenance costs also drew priority."

Given the above, success in this market will hinge a great deal on suppliers' ability to offer good quality equipment with low maintenance costs, coupled with a comprehensive training package to augment the municipalities' limited skills.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview of the latest end user analysis of the South African Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment market, send an e-mail to Patrick Cairns, Corporate Communications, at [email protected] with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

South African Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Equipment End-User Analysis is part of the Environment and Building Technologies Growth Partnership Service program, which also includes research in the following: European industrial process water and wastewater treatment equipment markets, Middle East and Africa water and wastewater treatment, South African water and wastewater treatment equipment market and strategic analysis of the U.S. water disinfection equipment market. All research included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities.

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