South Africa’s growing concerns about water scarcity and infrastructure inadequacy are said to escalate the need for effective water treatment chemicals, according to a report to day by Cape Business News.

It says: "A rise in environmental awareness is also accelerating the move away from conventional methods of water and wastewater treatment towards mechanical separation and biological methods."

“A decline in water levels and water quality, as a result of a threatening water crisis across South Africa, is prompting treatment chemical companies to invest in alternative water treatment methods,” says Frost & Sullivan VisionaryScience Practices Research Analyst, Justin Malherbe, tells CBN. “As a result, the opportunities for suppliers within the water and wastewater treatment chemicals market is expected to increase.”

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Industrial water and wastewater treatment chemicals market analysis in South Africa, forecast to 2020, finds that the market valued at $159.3m experienced a significant decline between 2013 and 2014 due to political and economic instability.

However, is expected to recover and reach $199m by 2020. The largest chemical segment in 2015 was coagulants and flocculants, with revenues of $59.8m. This segment is expected to be the slowest developing segment; however, will retain the largest market share in the forecast period. The ‘other’ chemicals segment is expected to be the fastest growing chemicals segment.