Research Outline

Commercial-Grade Reverse Osmosis Water Systems


To provide an overview of the commercial-grade reverse osmosis water systems, including:
  • The number of units sold in the US vs World
  • The primary end-use markets.
An ideal response will feature many links to quantitative and qualitative data points regarding the reverse osmosis water system industry.

Early Findings

Data Availability

  • The initial round of research indicates that there is no information available on the number of units of commercial-grade reverse osmosis water systems sold in the US or the world in the public domain. However, we were able to obtain some information about the primary end-use markets.

Reverse Osmosis Water Systems

  • An industry report by Cision PRNewswire revealed that reverse osmosis technology "accounted for the largest share in the point-of-use water treatment systems market, in terms of value, in 2018."
  • The dominance trend of the technology is expected to continue throughout the forecast period of 2020-2023.
  • This dominance is attributed to its numerous benefits, including the capability of removing up to 99% of dissolved contaminants found in feed water, and improving the taste and color of water; simple maintenance, and removal of contamination such as lead, chlorine & chloramine, nitrates, pesticides, sulfates, fluoride, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, and arsenic.
  • According to the source, the global point-of-use water treatment systems market is projected to rise from $19.9 billion in 2018 to $32.7 billion by 2023.
  • The industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.41% over the forecast period.
  • Business Wire revealed that the global reverse osmosis market was worth $6.504 billion in 2017.
  • The industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.25% to reach $9.227 billion by 2022.
  • Giving the growth rate, the 2020 and 2021 sizes (calculated using a reverse CAGR calculator) for the industry are $8.02 billion and $8.61 billion, respectively.
  • Furthermore, the source pointed out some top players in the industry to include;
    • OSMO Membrane Systems GmbH
    • Applied membranes, Inc.
    • Pall Corporation.
    • DowDuPont
    • Graver Technologies
    • GE Water.

Primary End-Use Markets/Helpful Findings

  • According to ProMinent, reverse osmosis systems are typically used in the "chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, food and beverage industry, metal processing, electroplating, the treatment of boiler feed water in power plants, and the generation of potable water from brackish water or seawater."
  • Segmenting the market based on end-users, the market is divided into commercial and residential RO water systems.


  • In our initial research hour, we were unable to find any information about the number of units of commercial-grade reverse osmosis water systems sold in the US or the world.
  • None of the available industry reports or news publications in the public domain contained such information.
  • As a result, we have gone ahead to provide the size ($ value) of the RO system water system market and other related insights.