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The water treatment market - France

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1.1 Definition of the water treatment market

The water treatment market encompasses all activities aimed at harvest, distribute, allow use, but also to recovering waste water, purifying it and finally discharging it in the natural environment, or put them back into circulation for human use

The market players are local authorities, delegated private operators, public operators, framing bodies, pipefitters, equipment manufacturers and construction and engineering companies.

The French market is experiencing a true stability with a slight increase of 1.01% over the year 2019. Water consumption in France can be broken down into three uses:

  • Domestic use (household, office and tertiary sector consumption) ;
  • Agricultural use (crop irrigation and animal feed);
  • Industrial use (extractive and productive industries, from which the energy use that corresponds to energy production is sometimes dissociated).

Domestic water consumption is declining in France while the population is growing. Sanitation stations are creating a fine network of water treatment plants to adapt to national consumption. These stations can be managed by public or private operators, but in all cases work in close collaboration with local authorities and the water agency

In the future, more circularity can be expected in the sector, with better reuse of treated water and sewage sludge. These sustainable behaviours are greatly encouraged by the European authorities and should lead to economies of scale.

1.2 Key figures for the global market

The world water treatment market is experiencing strong growth, driven by growing needs in agriculture, but also by sectors that are relatively small today but will become very strategic in the years to come: seawater desalination and wastewater treatment.

According to Market Research Expertz The water treatment market is worth $*** billion ...

1.3 The French water treatment market

To get an idea of the size of the water treatment market in France, we will focus this study on two NAF codes

**.**Z: Water collection, treatment and distribution **.**Z: Wastewater collection and treatment.

Let us first note that in France water services are activities recognized as "essential to the ...


2.1 Water consumption in France

The different uses of water in France

In ****, the BIPE and the FP*E published the results of the * ᵉ edition of the BIPE study on public water and sanitation utilities. The study draws up a typology of the different uses of water withdrawn in France. Thus, in France, water consumption is ...

2.2 Domestic consumption

Annual abstraction of drinking water for domestic use

The report reveals that the volume of drinking water withdrawn in France has been declining since the ****s. Domestic consumption of water in France is declining even as the population increases.

Evolution of water withdrawals for domestic uses of the population France, ****-****, ...

2.3 Industrial and agricultural demand

Water uses in industry and agriculture

Industries are one of the main outlets for the water treatment market since **% of the volumes captured in France in **** were intended for industrial use [***] . Within the industry sector, the main consumer sub-segments are reported in the graph below

Distribution of freshwater abstraction for other, ...

2.4 Demand trend: towards a decrease in overall water consumption by 2030

The downward trend in domestic water consumption is also being felt in agricultural and industrial uses.

According to the report The water of the future, it is the tertiarisation of the economy that will be responsible for the decline in industrial use between now and ****.

With regard to agricultural uses, the ...


3.1 The water treatment market value chain step by step

The value chain

Source: ****

Drinking water catchment

According to the * ᵉ edition of the BIPE study on water and sanitation utilities There are **,*** water withdrawal structures (***) to avoid water quality being impacted by pollution in particular. In ****, **% of the water produced will come from catchments that benefit from a protection perimeter.

The ...

3.2 Management of water catchment and treatment facilities and distribution of jobs

The management of water catchment installations

Drinking water and wastewater treatment plants are not all managed in the same way: they are either managed or delegated (***). Public operators are managed by public authorities, while private operators are managed by delegation

The breakdown shows a preference for management under a management structure ...

3.3 Number, number of employees and territorial distribution of private operators in the sector

Nombre d'entreprises

Le nombre d’entreprises de la filière a globalement augmenté entre **** et ****, passant de **** à ****. Cette hausse est largement due à la filière du traitement des eaux usées, qui a vu son nombre d’entreprises passer de *** à ****, alors que la filière de captage et distribution d’eau ...

3.4 Financing water consumption and business investment

Breakdown of funding

This sector is extremely supported by the state. As a result, funding for the sector relies heavily on economic inputs from communities and the government

Breakdown of funding for wastewater management services France, ****, % of total expenditure Source: ****

Households and companies are therefore responsible for the major part of ...

3.5 The main market players

The market is structured between a few players who operate in the sector in a monopolistic situation. Among the private players: Veolia, Suez and Saur alone supply water to nearly **% of the French population.

Breakdown of drinking water services by operators France, ****, as % of population served Source: ****

For water treatment, the ...


4.1 The different types of water treatment

Different types of processes are used to treat water. These processes can be grouped into four categories: physical processes, chemical processes, physical-chemical processes and biological processes.

Physical processes :

Screening: the water passes through mesh screens to remove any detritus that may be present Simple settling: heavy particles settle to the bottom ...

4.2 Le prix des services d'eau potable et d'assainissement collectif

La facture d'eau moyenne en France en **** est estimée à ***.* €/an, soit **.* €/mois. La facture d'eau comprend à la fois un coût d'eau potable et un coût d'assainissement collectif et se répartit en * composantes : une part fixe et une part variable. La part fixe est indépendante du volume ...

4.3 Réduction de l'empreinte écologique et de l'utilisation des ressources

Véolia s'engage à recycler **% de l'eau sur ces usines d'eau potables d'ici à **** et **% de l'eau usée sur ces usines d'assainissement. En outre, Véolia se donne pour objectif de diminuer de **% ces fuites. Tous ces objectifs lui permettraient de réduire de **% ces prélèvements d'eaux d'ici ** ans. Enfin, ...


5.1 Regulations

Mandatory security perimeter around catchment sites

Each catchment in France must have a PPC (***). It defines the limit of the space reserved by regulation around a catchment, under the advice of a certified hydrogeologist

This measure is supplemented by the **** Water Law in the context of environmentally constrained areas (***). The areas ...

5.2 The need to invest calls for a rethink of regulation

Only *.**% of the network is renewed each year, so it would take *** years to renew the entire network. The ****-**** edition of Les Assises de l'eau ****-**** recognized this need for renewal, and also stated that this need would increase considerably in the coming years. A study UIE "water issues" * billion ...


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