In order to increase the quality of natural or treated (e.g. desalinated) water to a non-corrosive level or to a level acceptable for human consumption, re-mineralization is undertaken. Limestone products either granular-sized or micronized are amongst the most common re-mineralization chemicals. These products adjust the pH value through neutralization, (re)mineralize the water through adding (dissolving) the required amount of calcium, magnesium and carbonate minerals or reduce the water hardness (de-carbonization). In all cases, the goal is to reach the required calco-carbonic equilibrium.
An insufficient level of calcium carbonate in treated water makes it corrosive and will cause equipment and structures to deteriorate, often while not fulfilling drinking water quality requirements such as those recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization). A supersaturated solution will likely precipitate calcium carbonate, causing scale, reduced efficiency and eventually leading to system failure. Distillate or permeate water resulting from the desalination of seawater or brackish water are very corrosive and must be re-mineralized to protect downstream pipelines/storage systems from corrosion and to meet the required standards for human consumption (drinking water). Carbon dioxide coupled with percolated Calcite Limestone (CaCO3, MgO) and Sodium Carbonate is the most widely used re-mineralization process across geographies.
Re-mineralization is the critical component for the consumable water treatment industry. Since past decade, the market has experiencing a rapid upsurge in terms of technological advancements and integrating the entire value chain of the industry. Rising urbanization, increasing awareness has catalyzed the growth of water re-mineralization chemicals market. A safe and adequate water supply is essential for the prevention of water-borne diseases. Overcoming the growing popularity of bottled water market is a challenge faced by this market.
Owing to benefits such as safe drinking water, contaminant reduction, water re-mineralization market is being used across industry verticals. However, public water systems are key end use industries of the water re-mineralization market. The global market for water re-mineralization market was estimated to be $XX billion in 2015. The global market for water re-mineralization market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of XX% and is forecast to reach $XX billion by 2021. Mining, Agricultural Industries are the major end-users for water re-mineralization market.
Asia is the leading market for water re-mineralization market. Asia region is forecast to have highest growth in the next few years due to growing adoption of water re-mineralization market in public water system applications in terms of revenue. Asia water re-mineralization market accounts to xx% of the global market followed by North America. North America is the fastest growing region in adoption of water re-mineralization market.