Increasing Concerns Regarding Drinking Water Quality Likely to Surge the Demand for Backflow Preventers

A backflow preventer is a special-purpose device used for protection against the undesirable reversal in the flow of water. Backflow preventers are primarily used in sewer, wastewater, residential, sprinkler, and irrigation backflow applications. The risk of drinking water quality being affected due to from backflow contamination incidents is the key factor driving the demand for backflow preventers.

The global backflow preventers market for is anticipated to witness significant growth in 2019, and reach a market value of around US$ 350 million, while registering a Y-o-Y growth rate of nearly 3%, slightly higher than that of. Additionally, the global demand for backflow preventers is also expected to be influenced by the growing construction industry across the globe. Resilient consumer demand for backflow preventers from the residential plumbing sector as well as from the sprinkler and irrigation sectors is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years.

In the recent past, the construction industry in China and India has been growing at a relatively higher rate as compared to other countries such as Brazil, Germany, and the U.S. This, in turn, is expected to support the growth of the backflow preventers market across the Asia Pacific region. Furthermore, consumers across several end uses are making use of the advantages of having backflow preventers, subsequently aiding them in preventing undesirable backflow situations at cross connections. Importantly, the growth of efficient and advanced backflow preventers such as reduced pressure zones and their increasing popularity among customers are leading towards lesser number of undesirable reverse flow incidents, consequently, reducing the probability of contamination in potable water. These are some of the key factors fuelling the demand outlook for backflow preventers.

  • On the basis of product type, the reduced pressure zones segment is foreseen to experience substantial growth. However, the atmospheric vacuum breaker type backflow preventers segment is anticipated to account for a dominating volume share in the global backflow preventers market.
  • Plastic backflow preventer sales are expected to witness a growth of more than 4.5 percent during the forecast period, mostly driven by low installation and maintenance cost, with the primary intention of preventing the incidences of theft.
  • On the basis of end use, owing to increasing implementation of plumbing codes in residential construction, the residential plumbing segment is expected to be a prominent segment in the market, accounting for more than 40% of the market share.

The markets in Europe and North America are expected to experience modest growth, since these are mature backflow preventers markets. Countries/regions such as China, India, ASEAN, and Brazil, being at the forefront in the construction industry, lag behind North America and Europe in terms of backflow preventer sales. Furthermore, China, along with India and Australia, are ascertained to witness substantial growth against the backdrop of a profitable construction industry and new sales of efficient backflow preventers for residential as well as industrial applications. Lastly, in Latin America, the growing demand for backflow prevention devices for sprinkler and irrigation applications is the foremost factor that is positively impacting the sale of backflow preventers.

Some of the key manufacturers involved in the backflow preventers market are Watts Water Technologies Company, Emerson Electric Co., Honeywell International, Zurn Industries LLC, TALIS Management Holding GmbH, EnviroFALK GmbH, Conbraco Industries Inc. Caleffi S.p.a.  Hans Sasserath GmbH & Co. KG Gebr Kemper UK & Ireland Ltd, Beulco Gmbh & Co. Kg, W.W. Grainger, Inc., and others.

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