Development of the water management complex “Program of the Russian Federation in 2012-2020” aims to increase coverage of water and wastewater services in Russian regions, with a goal to reach 95% safe water supply coverage and 87% wastewater collection and treatment by 2020. According to the Program, 48 reservoirs and hydroelectric facilities will be constructed and reconstructed at existing multipurpose water reservoirs. The construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure will contribute to creating new opportunities for equipment suppliers and engineering firms as well as construction companies. Emerging interest in advanced solutions, such as membrane systems, ultraviolet and ozone treatment, is creating good development prospects for the market’s participants.
A large number of water supply systems require modernisation due to the low capacity of centralised water supply systems, which is impeding the development of localities. The share of old pipes in some cities is over 60%.
Capital expenditure on water and wastewater infrastructure is forecasted to grow from US$ 2.3 billion in 2015 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 Program”, special-purpose federal programs for territorial development, and programs for development of the republics in the south of Russia, the Far East, the Trans-Baikal and the Kaliningrad regions. The programs consist of activities for construction and reconstruction of water supply facilities, sanitation systems, and wastewater treatment plants.