Canadians are becoming more and more concerned with the need to conserve water, provide environmentally friendly methods of water treatment and reducing the amount of energy, bacteria, contaminants and additives in their water systems.
Canada’s most populated areas are feeling immense pressure in constantly supplying and maintaining water resources with a rapidly decaying infrastructure. There is an expectancy of vast investment required to renew aging infrastructure in four of Canada’s major provinces within the next 5-10 years to improve drinking water and wastewater.
This report provides information regarding water filtration equipment and the growing export opportunities for U.S. firms within Canada. Despite various interpretations of Canadian water standards and guidelines, the need for municipal infrastructure renewal creates many export opportunities for U.S. firms and offers a variety of partnership options.
Canada is striving, as a nation, to become an environmental steward in water technology and efficiency. Technological progresses in membrane filtration, ultra violet light, desalination techniques and reverse osmosis are essential for success in Canada. In addition, Canadians rely on water quality engineering and monitoring to capture essential water distribution data. Recent global events caused a demand for technological solutions to solve water supply and filtration problems, not only in the areas of water purification, wastewater treatment, water quality management and water re-use, but also in tackling global disaster relief, reconstruction, rehabilitation and humanitarian needs.
Canada's water and wastewater firms are actively developing, acquiring and commercializing a large variety of new and innovative technologies. They are also successfully adapting existing technologies to new industries and pursuing market diversification strategies both domestically and internationally. Canadian imports of water filtration equipment have grown 40% in the past five years, an obvious sign of market demand.
Canada contains 20% of the world’s freshwater supply and 7% of renewable fresh water; however the six main watersheds that produce Canada’s water occupy less than 3% of the nation’s land area. Globally, Canada ranks fourth in availability of fresh water per capita. With 80% of the population and industrial base located within 100 miles of the U.S. border, the high levels of demand for water is found within provincial districts under considerable urban pressures - a result of high industrial/commercial demand, population growth and threats from pollution.
Canada’s most populated areas are feeling immense pressure in constantly supplying and maintaining water resources with a rapidly decaying infrastructure.
The five main users of water in Canada are:
1. Thermal power generation-60%
3. Municipal-9.5% (Rural and Domestic (1.5%))
By Cheryl Schell