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Growing Awareness about Negative Effects of Hard Water to Translate into Greater Deployment of Water Softening Systems

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Water softeners or water softening systems are installed at the point of entry (PoE) of water to treat and convert hard water into soft water. Several large companies and local bodies in the US are estimated to come together in the coming years to set up effective and large global water softening systems market for whole cities, which saves residents from having to buy their own water softeners. This also ensures increased profit to the companies and, since softened water is easier on piping, also reduces the maintenance cost for the local bodies. The consumption of hard water is bound to increase with the ever-growing dependence on groundwater. However, hard water is unfit for most day-to-day and industrial applications, resulting in the need to treat it using water softeners. 

Growing Adoption of Water Softeners in Residential Sector Drives Market

The growing awareness about the harmful effects of hard water forms the basis of all the other factors driving the global water softening systems market. The significant growth of the construction sector in developing nations is one of them. Hard water running through the pipelines can severely damage the whole water supply system. Additionally, several constructional activities require soft water to maintain stability. Thus, the demand for soft water is increasing, which in turn increases the demand for water softeners in the construction industry.

Moreover, it has been observed that the water supplied by municipal utilities is often not effectively treated due to lack of proper infrastructure. As a result, consumers in the residential sector have started deploying their own water softeners at a faster pace. Furthermore, vendors in the global water softening systems market are offering technologically advanced systems such as connectivity-enabled smart water softening systems to capitalize on the growing home automation trend. These factors are anticipated to boost the global water softening systems market.

High Equipment Cost Reduces Sales of Water Softening Systems

Government restrictions and regulations regarding the production of water softeners challenge the growth of the global water softening systems market. These regulations make it necessary for the vendors to continually invest in research and development activities for novel solutions. The high capital investment in R&D leads to high equipment cost, which impedes the growth of the global water softening systems market. However, unmet needs of soft water in developing and under-developed regions are likely to present notable growth opportunities to the global water softening systems market.

Salt-based Water Softeners Lead due to Innovative Solutions on Offer

The global water softening systems market stood at US$6.2 bn in 2014 and is expected to progress at a CAGR of 5.9% from 2015 to 2025. Based on product type, the global water softening systems market is categorized into salt-based water softeners and salt-free water softeners. Salt-based water softening systems market represented 89.6% of the global residential water softening systems market in 2014. The segment is expected to grow at a noteworthy CAGR in terms of value owing to increasing innovative and differentiated solution offerings in the range of salt-based water softeners.

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By application, the residential segment is estimated to remain dominant between 2015 and 2025, followed by the industrial segment. In terms of geography, the global water softening systems market is segmented into APEJ, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Japan, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East and Africa. North America accounted for 32.5% of the global water softening systems market and will be the leading regional market throughout the aforementioned period.