Water consumption in Russia is showing stable and positive dynamics, along with the steady growth of tariffs and an inflow of private investments into the sector.
Development of the water management complex programme of the Russian Federation in 2012-2020, which aims to increase the coverage of water and wastewater services in Russia’s regions, with the goal of reaching 95 percent safe water supply coverage and 87 percent wastewater collection and treatment by 2020.
According to the Programme, 48 reservoirs and hydroelectric facilities are to be constructed and reconstructed at existing multi-purpose water reservoirs. The construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure will contribute to creating new opportunities for equipment suppliers, engineering firms and construction companies. Emerging interest in advanced solutions, such as membrane systems, ultraviolet and ozone treatment, has created good development prospects for the market’s participants.
A large number of water supply systems are in need of modernisation due to the low capacity of centralised water supply systems, which impedes the development of localities. The share of out-dated pipes exceeds 60 percent in some cities.
Capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure is forecasted to grow from US$ 2.5 billion in 2016 to US$ 2.7 billion in 2020.
Today, the problems of water supply and wastewater treatment are addressed within the framework of the Special Purpose Federal Housing Programme, a series of special purpose federal programmes for territorial development, and programmes for the development of the republics in the south of Russia, the Far East, the Trans-Baikal and Kaliningrad regions. The programmes consist of activities for the construction and reconstruction of water supply facilities, sanitation systems, and wastewater treatment plants.