NEWS RELEASE                                                                                         March 2018

Municipal Wastewater Plants to Spend $64 billion for Flow and Treat Equipment This Year

Municipal wastewater treatment plant operators world-wide are anticipated to spend $64 billion for selected flow and treat products and services this year. The majority of these purchases will be made by just 200 operators and 30 engineering/consulting firms.

Suez is supplying more than 30 million people with water and wastewater services. They are also designing plants and purchasing flow and treat products for new as well as existing plants. Beijing Enterprises Water Group (BEWG) operates more than 400 wastewater plants in China and other countries and is also involved in design build projects where they would specify flow and treat products. Chicago MSD operates seven wastewater reclamation plants.  It is also expanding its scope by encouraging nearby food processors to send waste to the plant for conversion to biogas. This will increase its sludge processing, compressor and air pollution control purchases.  Los Angeles Sanitation’s operations are approximately half the size of those in Chicago.

2018 Municipal Wastewater Purchases ($ millions)










Los Angeles

Chicago MSD

Guide 5280 1100 106 63 33 11 22
Control 8640 1800 173 104 54 18 36
Measure 4320 900 86 52 27 9 18
Valves 4800 1000 96 58 30 10 20
Macrofiltration (belt presses, sand filters) 2400 500 48 29 15 5 10
Pumps 9600 2000 192 115 60 20 40
Treatment Chemicals 6720 1400 134 81 42 14 28
Sedimentation and Centrifugation 4320 900 86 52 27 9 18
Variable Speed Drives and Motors 4800 1000 96 58 30 10 20
Turbines, Fans, and Compressors 10560 2200 211 127 66 22 44
RO/UF/MF Cross Flow Membrane Systems 1200 250 24 14 7 3 6
Air Pollution Control 960 200 19 12 6 2 4
Total 63,600 13,250 1271 765 397 133 266

McIlvaine is forecasting flow and treat product and service expenditures for all industries and for 550 operating companies and 400 OEMS, EPCs and process sub system companies worldwide.  Municipal wastewater is one of 14 industries which are covered. The wastewater purchases in many countries are concentrated among just a few operators.  Suez operates more than half the plants in Chile. In the U.S. the engineering/consulting firms play a big role. 

There is a metamorphosis in the way purchases will be made in the near future. Process management system suppliers are providing monitoring and control of every valve, pump and filter from remote monitoring centers.  Suez is monitoring hundreds of plants from its European base.  The equivalent of millions of total lowest cost of ownership analyses are continually generated.  This development will profoundly change the route to market as explained in N031 Industrial IOT and Remote O&M.

Profiles of the 100 largest operators and EPCs worldwide are included in 62EI North American Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facilities and People Database  which is being expanded to include the major worldwide purchasers.

A decision system for municipal wastewater flow and treat purchases includes a number of decision guides. One is on aeration blowers. Another system provides the odor control options. There is a guide just on mercury control options for sewage sludge incinerators Details are found at Municipal Wastewater Decisions.

Detailed forecasts for each of the 550 major purchasers are shown in the relevant market reports listed at

A free webinar to discuss the municipal wastewater flow and treat market and the sea change in the way purchasing decisions will be made will be held at 10:AM Central time on the March 28. To register click on Free Market Webinars