The North American backflow preventer market size reached US$ 112.6 million in 2018. Demand for backflow preventers registered a 3.6% year-on-year growth in 2022, indicating that the North American market would likely reach US$ 120.9 million in 2023.
Over the forecast period from 2023 to 2033, backflow preventer sales in the region are expected to soar at 4.2% CAGR. By 2033, the total market size is expected to reach US$ 183.1 million.
Key Factors Shaping Market Dynamics
Increasing usage of backflow preventers across residential, industrial, and commercial sectors is expected to boost the market
Growing awareness about the health and liability risks related to the contamination of water is forecast to uplift backflow preventer demand
Increasing residential construction projects across North America is likely to create growth opportunities for backflow preventer manufacturers
Burgeoning demand for wastewater management solutions to bolster backflow preventer sales
The rising adoption of backflow preventers in sprinkler and irrigation applications for preventing unnecessary water loss is expected to improve the North American backflow preventer market share in the global market
Growing focus on improving drinking water quality bodes well for the market
A backflow preventer is a device designed to prevent the unwanted reversal of water flow, serving as a safeguard against contamination. These preventers find extensive use in various applications such as sewer systems, wastewater management, residential settings, as well as sprinkler and irrigation systems. The demand for backflow preventers is largely influenced by the need to protect drinking water quality from potential contamination incidents.
The growing concern about the quality of water for drinking requires the urgent need for efficient backflow preventers. The most important factor that puts the drinking water quality at risk is the backflow of wastewater which can be prevented by employing backflow prevention systems.
Backflow preventers restrict unwanted reversal of the flow of a source of contamination into a potable water system. As a result, they find application in protecting a drinking water network against any risk of pollution due to possible backflow of contaminated fluid.
The rising number of waste treatment plants and increasing installation of backflow preventers to ensure proper disposal and prevent contamination are expected to boost the market.
The number of waste treatment plants has expanded significantly in recent years. Waste treatment plants play an important role in preventing treated or partially treated trash from entering the environment. To ensure this, backflow protection has become a critical component in waste treatment facility design and operation.
Backflow preventers are devices that keep wastewater, sewage, and other contaminants from entering the pure water supply. By building and maintaining these preventers, waste treatment plants are able to safeguard human health and protect the environment.
Demand for backflow preventers will also rise due to the increasing number of residential construction projects. The mandatory use of backflow prevention devices with annual checks for maintenance for residential applications is one of the key factors fueling the demand for backflow preventers in the region.
There has been a steady growth observed in the construction sector across North America and every construction requires a backflow prevention system as part of the mandate. Implementation of stringent regulations by governments and regulatory organizations is expected to create ample growth prospects for backflow preventer manufacturers through 2033.
To ensure safe and clean water distribution, regulations and codes are being set by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPCC) that mandate the installation of backflow preventers in several applications.
Historic Market Outlook for North America Backflow Preventer Market
As per Future Market Insights (FMI), historically from 2018 to 2022, the North American backflow preventer market experienced a CAGR of 3.6%, reaching a market size of US$ 120.9 million in 2023.
From 2018 to 2022, there has been a significant growth in urban population in North America which increased the amount of housing and household irrigation, particularly for gardening and lawn sprinklers. Such type of irrigation created a high demand for backflow prevention systems and boosted the North American backflow preventer industry.
The growing popularity of greenhouse farming, which also requires irrigation systems and so does backflow prevention, also played a key role in fostering market development, and the trend is expected to continue through 2033.
Future Forecast for the North American Backflow Preventer Industry
Looking ahead, the North American backflow preventer industry is expected to rise at a CAGR of 4.2% during the assessment period. Total market size by 2033 is expected to reach US$ 183.1 million. Growing demand for backflow preventers from industrial, residential, and commercial sectors is driving the North American backflow preventer market forward.
The construction sector plays a significant role in uplifting the demand for backflow preventers across North America. As infrastructure development continues worldwide, the installation of backflow preventers becomes standard practice in new construction projects.
The robust growth of the construction sector in countries such as the United States and Canada is expected to drive the demand for backflow preventers. The market for backflow preventers is partly fragmented in nature. A large number of regional as well as global players are involved in the manufacturing of backflow preventers.
To gain maximum profits and solidify their positions, manufacturers are focusing on targeting key end-use sectors, such as residential and commercial construction, chemical processing, irrigation, waste treatment, etc.
Recent Trends Influencing the North American Market
Technological growth and the popularity of mechatronics are crucial product development parameters of backflow preventers. Digital advancements in plumbing technologies are allowing companies to introduce whole new equipment loaded with advanced features like monitoring flow rate, and pressure, counters for maintenance, and a user interface.
Development in the sensor and transducer sector is the driving factor behind the digitization of the product.
Recently improved mechanisms in the functioning of the reduced pressure type preventers consist of a differential pressure release valve that senses the hydraulic pressure and opens when the differential valve senses the pressure difference.
The new safety feature built into the valve ensures that contaminated water will be discharged to the drain rather than allowed to flow back into drinking water.
Manufacturers of backflow preventer valves are investing in more automated and digitized production technology and processes such as Manufacturing 2.0 to manufacture valves with optimum cost and reduce production errors.
Companies are focused on launching new backflow preventer valves using cost-efficient manufacturing techniques and advanced raw materials such as ductile iron, stainless steel, plastic, and other materials with various pressure and temperature resistance standards. Raw materials are also being blended with others to improve the characteristics of the final product.
Key Challenges Restraining Market Growth
The rising costs of raw materials used for backflow preventer devices will directly affect the operational costs of the manufacturing processes, which is the primary concern of manufacturers.
Rising raw material prices directly destabilize the supply chain and a product’s selling price. The constant and unpredictable rise in the prices of raw materials is a growing concern among manufacturers. This, in turn, is anticipated to be the key factor restraining the growth of the backflow preventers market during the forecast period.
Backflow preventers such as double-check valve assembly and reduced pressure zone devices are mechanical devices that require periodic maintenance and testing. This significantly adds to the operational cost of the equipment.
There are certain types of backflow preventers such as barometric loops, atmospheric vacuum breakers, and pressure vacuum breakers that do not protect against backflow caused by backpressure. These types of devices are also non-testable devices, hence provide no indication of malfunction.
Comparative View of the Adjacent Markets
Future Market Insights (FMI) has compared two other markets, namely, pressure pressure-reducing valve market and the industrial valve market below. The tables showcase that pressure pressure-reducing valve industry is set to grow at a similar pace as the related markets from 2023 to 2033.
Growing demand for highly efficient pressure regulators is expected to boost the global demand for valves and switches. Similarly, in the field of backflow preventers, the rising adoption of pressure and backflow regulators is expected to present high demand in the North American market.
Top manufacturers of backflow preventers across North America are focusing on introducing novel solutions integrated with advanced technologies into the market to meet end-user demand. They are also showing interest in adopting strategies such as mergers, collaborations, alliances, partnerships, acquisitions, and facility expansions to strengthen their market positions and boost their revenues.
In March 2021, The Irritec Group, a market leader in the precision irrigation industry, announced a business alliance with RAPHAEL by TALIS, an inventive multinational producer of irrigation control valves with headquarters in Israel. As a result of this collaboration, the Irritec Group will distribute RAPHAEL by TALIS goods in the automation and precision irrigation markets for agriculture.
In June 2020, Zurn Industries expanded its Zurn Connected Backflow Preventer product line with the Zurn Connected Flow Meter Option (ZCSM-BTM) and Zurn Connected Pressure Monitor (ZCSM-PF).
These insights are based on a report on
backflow preventer market
by Future Market Insights