Water Treatment Chemicals Australia Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Water Treatment Chemicals Market in Australia is Segmented by Product Type (Biocides and Disinfectants, Coagulants and Flocculants, Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors, Defoamers and Defoaming Agents, pH Conditioners/Adjusters, and Other Product Types) and End-user Industry (Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Chemical Manufacturing, Mining and Mineral Processing, Municipal, Food and Beverage, Pulp and Paper, and Other End-user Industries). The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Size

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Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 467.75 Million
Market Size (2029) USD 546.74 Million
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 3.17 %
Market Concentration High

Major Players

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Analysis

The Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market size is estimated at USD 467.75 million in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 546.74 million by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 3.17% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the chemical sector was negatively affected. Lack of resources, shortage of human resources, and other constraints significantly obstructed the expansion of the industry. The market recovered in 2021 and is expected to grow considerably in the coming years.

  • Over the short term, rising ground and surface water pollution, growing demand from power and industrial applications, and government intervention in reliable wastewater management are expected to boost the market's growth.
  • However, the hazardous nature of hydrazine and emerging alternatives to water treatment chemicals are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Nevertheless, the shifting focus toward green chemicals is likely to create lucrative growth opportunities for the studied market.

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market according to our research experts:

Municipal End-user Industry to Dominate the Market

  • The supply of pure water to households is one of the chief requirements for all governments. The rising scarcity of potable water, coupled with the growing population and increasing water demand, is driving the demand for the water treatment chemicals market in Australia.
  • Municipal wastewater is the water that is drained from toilets, showers, sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, and dishwashers, and liquid industrial waste. Municipal wastewater should be treated before it is released into the environment to avoid environmental damage and the spreading of harmful diseases.
  • The major treatment technologies include preliminary treatment, primary and secondary treatment, tertiary treatment, biological nutrient removal (BNR), resource recovery, and energy generation.
  • The Australian government established the National Water Grid Fund as a USD 2.5 billion-worth 10-year infrastructure program to fund water infrastructure investments. As part of its 2021-2022 budget, the government allocated funding to support new and improved projects. Australia spends an estimated USD 6 billion every year on water and wastewater treatment services.
  • Australia has a population of 26 million, and around 94% of the country's people are connected to the main water supply. There are around 300 urban water utilities in the country. Twenty-two utilities serve around 70% of the population. The smallest 200 utilities collectively serve 13% of the population, which is less than the number of customers of Australia's largest utility, Sydney Water.
  • Australia uses approximately 26,000 gigaliters of water per annum or 1.3 million liters per capita per annum. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Though it has access to less than 1% of the world's freshwater resources, the consumption of water in the country is among the highest in the world. Additionally, the growing Australian population is leading to a rise in the demand for water.
  • Also, around 85% of the population currently has access to more than 700 community sewage treatment plants. Nearly half of these are based on biological filters, about 170 are lagoons, and 45 are based on primary treatment. Most new plants are implementing activated sludge processes.
  • Hence, owing to the above-mentioned factors, the municipal industry accounts for a significant share of the market and is expected to fuel the growth of the market studied during the forecast period.
Water Treatments Chemicals, Revenue CAGR (%), by End-user Industry, Australia, 2022-2027

Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors to Dominate the Market

  • Corrosion inhibitors are general-purpose chemicals that deal with corrosion in boilers. Corrosion occurs when oxygen reacts with metallic parts in a boiler to form oxides. Corrosion affects the metallic parts of the boiler, thereby increasing the costs of energy and maintenance. Corrosion inhibitors form a thin barrier layer over the exposed parts of the boiler. Scale inhibitors are used to remove scales through chemical processes.
  • Several types of corrosion inhibitors are used in water boilers. These include condensate line corrosion inhibitors, diethyl hydroxyl amine (DEHA), polyamine, morpholine, cyclohexylamine, and carbon dioxide corrosion inhibitors. A mixture of filming amines is used to prepare condensate line corrosion inhibitors. This can provide protection due to the presence of both high and low vapor/liquids.
  • DEHA is a volatile compound that is also an oxygen scavenger and acts as a metal passivating agent. Polyamine can be used in both low- and high-pressure boilers. Morpholine protects the boiler by increasing the pH level of the liquid. Cyclohexylamine is used in low-pressure boilers. Carbon dioxide corrosion inhibitor is used along with polyamine to control corrosion.
  • The aforementioned inhibitors are also used in cooling water treatments to ensure metal protection and prevent metal loss. The absence of these inhibitors may lead to critical system failures in recirculating water piping, process cooling equipment, and heat exchangers. Corrosion inhibitors are added to treatment systems to protect metals by reducing the corrosion potential associated with the cathode and anode of the corrosion cell.
  • The most serious form of corrosion occurs in cooling water treatment systems containing steel and copper alloys. Multi-phase processes, such as pretreatment, coagulation, flocculation, and corrosion control, occur during water treatment. Among these processes, the corrosion inhibitor is added after filtration to avoid fouling. As a countermeasure, corrosion inhibitors are added to prolong the service life of piping throughout a water distribution system.
  • Furthermore, corrosion inhibitors are among the key chemicals used in the oil and gas industry. Corrosion inhibitors are the backbone of a strong asset integrity program that keeps equipment failure rates in check. They are used to safeguard wells, pipelines, tanks, compressors, and practically every other type of downhole or surface equipment. Oil and gas producers, transporters, and refiners would suffer greatly if corrosion inhibitors were inaccessible.
  • The growing demand for solutions to avoid corrosion during processing across various end-user industries leads to the demand for corrosion inhibitors, which leads to the growth of the market studied.
  • Carbonates and bicarbonates form from calcium and magnesium chemicals dissolved in water. This residue matter gets deposited on the boiler surface and forms a hard coating known as scales. Scales block efficient heat transfer, create localized heating, and increase power consumption and maintenance expenses.
  • The most demand for scale inhibitors comes from the oil and gas and petrochemical industry, which is gradually recovering and is expected to impact the market studied.
Water Treatment Chemicals Market, CAGR (%), by Product Type, Australia, 2022-2027

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Industry Overview

The Australian water treatment chemicals market is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players in the market include Veolia (Veolia Water Technologies), Ecolab, Solenis, SNF, and Ixom.

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Leaders

  1. Veolia (Veolia Water Technologies)

  2. Ecolab

  3. Solenis

  4. SNF

  5. Ixom

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Concentration
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Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market News

  • In June 2022, Kemira Oyj announced a new collaboration with a France-based company, Veolia, to launch a new technology named ViviMag. This technology can recover phosphorus and other valuable resources, such as iron, from sewage sludge. Phosphorus causes the overfertilization of the surface waters if not removed properly, causing a major environmental problem. This new technology will help Kemira OYJ strengthen its position in the water treatment sector.
  • In April 2022, Veolia Group announced a partnership with Sydney Water to explore innovation opportunities for the development of a robust circular economy, which will help to deliver sustainable and resilient water services to the city.

Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Groundwater and Surface Water Pollution

      2. 4.1.2 Growing Demand From Power and Industrial Applications

      3. 4.1.3 Increasing Government Intervention in Reliable Wastewater Management

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Hazardous Nature of Hydrazine

      2. 4.2.2 Emerging Alternatives to Water Treatment Chemicals

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Biocides and Disinfectants

      2. 5.1.2 Coagulants and Flocculants

      3. 5.1.3 Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors

      4. 5.1.4 Defoamers and Defoaming Agents

      5. 5.1.5 pH Conditioners/Adjusters

      6. 5.1.6 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.2.2 Oil and Gas

      3. 5.2.3 Chemical Manufacturing

      4. 5.2.4 Mining and Mineral Processing

      5. 5.2.5 Municipal

      6. 5.2.6 Food and Beverage

      7. 5.2.7 Pulp and Paper

      8. 5.2.8 Other End-user Industries


    1. 6.1 Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Albemarle Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Aquasol

      3. 6.4.3 Buckman

      4. 6.4.4 Coogee

      5. 6.4.5 Dow

      6. 6.4.6 Ecolab

      7. 6.4.7 IWTS Group Pty Ltd

      8. 6.4.8 Ixom

      9. 6.4.9 Kemira Oyj

      10. 6.4.10 SNF

      11. 6.4.11 Solenis

      12. 6.4.12 Solvay

      13. 6.4.13 Veolia (Veolia Water Technologies)

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Shifting Focus Toward Green Chemicals

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Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Industry Segmentation

Water treatment is a process that extracts or reduces the level of pollutants and undesirable components from water to make it suitable for use. The chemicals used in this method are referred to as water treatment chemicals. Algicide, chlorine, and chlorine dioxide are some examples of water treatment chemicals. 

The water treatment chemicals market is segmented by product type and end-user industry. By product type, the market is segmented into biocides and disinfectants, coagulants and flocculants, corrosion and scale inhibitors, defoamers and defoaming agents, pH conditioners/adjusters, and other product types. By end-user industry, the market is segmented into power generation, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, mining and mineral processing, municipal, food and beverage, pulp and paper, and other end-user industries. The report offers market size and forecasts in terms of revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Product Type
Biocides and Disinfectants
Coagulants and Flocculants
Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors
Defoamers and Defoaming Agents
pH Conditioners/Adjusters
Other Product Types
End-user Industry
Power Generation
Oil and Gas
Chemical Manufacturing
Mining and Mineral Processing
Food and Beverage
Pulp and Paper
Other End-user Industries
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Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market Research FAQs

The Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market size is expected to reach USD 467.75 million in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 3.17% to reach USD 546.74 million by 2029.

In 2024, the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market size is expected to reach USD 467.75 million.

Veolia (Veolia Water Technologies), Ecolab, Solenis, SNF and Ixom are the major companies operating in the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market.

In 2023, the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market size was estimated at USD 453.38 million. The report covers the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Australia Water Treatment Chemicals Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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