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1 Market overview

1.1 Definition and presentation

Water treatment involves distributing and enabling the use of water in residential, industrial and tertiary housing, as well as collecting wastewater, treating it before discharge or reuse. This market study covers all stages of water cycle management in Spain.

Globally, the water treatment market is highly resilient and benefits from a number of growth factors. In emerging countries, demographic growth and increasing urbanization have made water treatment essential for public health, with a growing market for water harvesting, treatment and recycling. In developed countries, regulations are becoming stricter in terms of health and environmental standards. The world leader in water treatment is Véolia, a position further enhanced by the absorption of Suez in 2021, but the market remains highly fragmented, with no single player controlling more than 5% of the global market.

In Spain, water management and treatment are handled by 4 types of player:

-municipalities, which manage directly (10%).

-public companies to which management is delegated (34%).

-mixed companies to which management is delegated (22%)

-private companies operating under contract with public authorities (34%).

The water treatment market is growing, driven by contracts that require increasingly sophisticated technical skills and a growing emphasis on water recycling. Water management for agriculture remains essential, as water-intensive crops such as avocados have proliferated in recent years. Water consumption for agricultural purposes remains very high, accounting for over two-thirds of the country's total consumption, far ahead of industrial and urban needs.

1.2 Key figures for the global market

The water treatment market will be worth $*** billion in ****, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of *.*% over the period ****-****. The size of this market is thus set to almost double in ten years.

Water treatment market value World, ****-****, USD billion Source: ****

Global demand for clean water and ...

1.3 The domestic market

Between **** and ****, the Spanish water market grew significantly by **.*%, from *.*** billion euros to *.*** billion euros. However, this upward trend was followed by a slight decline of *.*% in ****, when the market fell to *.*** billion euros. In ****, a further decline of *.*% was observed, with a market size of *.*** billion euros. The water treatment ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 Water consumption in Spain

In ****, **.*% of water use in Spain was for agriculture. Households accounted for only **.**% of total consumption.

Breakdown of total water consumption in Spain Spain, ****, % of total water consumption Source: ****

However, these figures change when the water taken into accountcorresponds to water distributed within the Spanish public network. Within this network, households ...

2.2 Spanish household water consumption

Data provided on Spanish household water consumption by autonomous community (***) reveals several trends. Cantabria stands out with the highest consumption at *** liters per day, followed by Comunidad Valenciana at *** liters per day. On the other hand, the Basque Country records the lowest consumption at just ** liters per day. Overall, northern regions ...

2.3 Water consumption outside the home

While agriculture accounted for **.*% of water use in Spain in ****, the graphs below show the distribution of water use on Spain's main rivers. With the exception of Cantabria, the Balearic Islands and Catalonia, agriculture is the main source of water use.

Distribution of Spanish river water by use (***) Spain, ****, % of total Source: ...

2.4 Drought and water consumption in Spain

Drought in Spain:

Water distribution in Spain is a major challenge due to the geographical distribution of its resources. Arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions cover more than two-thirds of the country, leading to potential water shortage and distribution problems. The main water-consuming activities are irrigation, human consumption and industry, the ...

3 Market structure

3.1 Value chain

3.2 Market structure

To study the water distribution and sanitation market, we 'll look at CNAE code ****. ThisINE code covers all water management activities (***) prior to its use by Spaniards.

Between **** and ****, there is a slight drop in the number of companies linked to water management in Spain, from **** to ****, a decrease of *.**%. In ...

3.3 The magnitudes of the water treatment market

In order to study the structure of the water treatment market in particular, we'll be looking at CNAE code ****. This code covers all water treatment activities once the water has been used.

As far as the number of companies is concerned, there has been a certain stability in recent years. While ...

4 Offer analysis

4.1 Offer typology

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

Physical processes :

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

4.2 The price of water

The table opposite shows the different prices per cubic metre of water in Spain. It can be seen that the price of water is higher in the regions with the most drought.

Source: ****

In terms of the breakdown of water prices, sanitation accounts for around **% of the price.

Breakdown of average ...

4.3 Prices for different types of water treatment systems :

Different techniques are used to clean water. The table below shows the average prices of the different techniques used, thanks to information that can be found on the Generador de Precios price generator.

5 Regulations

5.1 Legislation

Law **/****, of August *, on water (***), establishes the general legal framework for water resource management in Spain. This law aims to guarantee efficient and sustainable use of water, as well as its protection, conservation and quality. It establishes the rights and duties of users and competent authorities with regard to water resource ...

6 Positioning the players

6.1 Segmentation

  • Canal De Isabel Ii Sa M P.
  • Fcc Aqualia Sa.
  • Aigues De Barcelona, Empresa Metropolitana De Gestio Del Cicle Integral De L'aigua Sa
  • Sociedad General De Aguas De Barcelona Sau
  • Aquambiente Servicios Para El Sector Del Agua Sau

List of charts

  • Water treatment market value
  • Market size for water treatment in Spain within the water market (water collection, treatment and distribution)
  • Origins of water used in Spain
  • Observation of lost water in the water distribution system in Spain
  • Evolution of total water distributed within the Spanish public network
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Companies quoted in this study

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Canal De Isabel Ii Sa M P.
Fcc Aqualia Sa.
Aigues De Barcelona, Empresa Metropolitana De Gestio Del Cicle Integral De L'aigua Sa
Sociedad General De Aguas De Barcelona Sau
Aquambiente Servicios Para El Sector Del Agua Sau

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