Water Testing Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

Water Testing Market is Segmented by Test Type (Physical Test, Chemical Test, and Microbiological Test), Technology (HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, Immunoassay-based, and Other Technologies), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD million) for the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Market Snapshot
Study Period: 2016 -2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 7.33 %

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Market Overview

The water testing market is projected to register a CAGR of 7.33% during the forecast period 2022-2027.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the global water testing market as it affected consumers’ lifestyles and increased their chances of spreading coronavirus. Thus, the water and supply chain industries were impacted as consumers became more concerned regarding the security and safety of water-based products.

Over the long term, in developing countries like India, the consumable water is expected to be safe and of high nutritional value due to increasing consumer awareness. The rise in consumption of bacteria- and chemical-free water is driving the demand for water testing equipment across the globe.

Rising incidences of water-borne diseases, such as typhoid, dysentery, and cholera are playing a major role in market growth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 11 to 20 million individuals across the globe suffer from typhoid every year, and that number is expected to rise. Around 1.7 billion of the world population does not have access to drinkable water, which is expected to be one of the key drivers for the market over the forecast period.

The increasing regulatory support and legislation for high standard maintenance of food and beverage products, pharmaceuticals, and other industries, are further increasing the applications of chemically tested water.

Scope of the Report

Water testing is carried out to meet regulatory requirements and adhere to the safety procedures required for pollutant-free water. This is a broad concept that involves several procedures to analyze and evaluate the quality of water. The water testing market is segmented by test type, technology, and geography. By test type, the market is segmented into physical test, chemical test, and microbiological test. Chemical test is further sub-segmented into pesticides and heavy metals and others. By technology, the market is segmented into HPLC-based, LC-MS/MS-based, immunoassay-based, and other technologies. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of value (in USD million).

By Test Type
Physical Test
Chemical Test
Heavy Metals and Others
Microbiological Test
By Technology
Other Technologies
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growing Consumer Interest in Water Safety and Quality

The rising number of waterborne disease outbreaks, adulteration cases, and toxicity have increased the threat to water safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), diseases spread through water affect over 7 million people in the United States every year. In addition, waterborne diseases are responsible for many different types of illnesses, including respiratory illnesses, neurological illnesses, skin problems, gastrointestinal illnesses, and bloodstream infections. Also, people are infected by waterborne germs not just when they drink water but also when they breathe in contaminated water droplets or when water gets in their ears or nose. With the increasing incidences of diseases and awareness about waterborne diseases across the world, the current water safety testing market is shifting toward rapid microbiological tests. Growing consumer interest in water quality has propelled high technological advancements, thereby driving the water safety testing market in both developing and developed countries. Enhanced surveillance and detection methods have also contributed to the growth of water safety testing scenarios, specifically in developed economies.

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Asia-Pacific Witnessed Significant Market Growth

The government of developing countries like India and China are imposing stringent regulations on the usage of water in various food and beverage products and are, therefore, posing as a barrier to entry for companies producing food, beverage, and pharmaceutical products, where the application of tested water is the highest. The governments want these companies to set up water testing equipment in their factories and test water according to the fixed norms. The increasing health awareness and support efforts by the government for ensuring water safety both for consumption and industrial purposes have given a boost to the market over the last few years. Moreover, the increasing contamination of water on account of increasing urban waste and climatic changes is a serious cause of concern and is expected to propel the water testing market in Asia-Pacific over the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

Key players are focusing on the expansion of facilities and product portfolios due to the growing demand for tested water. Some of the key players in the water testing market globally include SGS SA, Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group PLC, Merieux NutriSciences, TUV SUD, and ALS Limited, among others. The companies compete on different factors, including service offerings, geographical reach, and improved technologies, in order to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Eurofins, one of the leaders in the water testing market, provides a wide range of services for water tests, such as drinking water testing, groundwater testing, wastewater testing, process and cooling water testing, offshore drinking water safety, and legionella testing, among others.

Recent Developments

In 2021, the SGS laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada, began offering quantitative wastewater testing for SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA. Coupled with delays in human testing and receiving results, wastewater testing could provide up to 7-days’ notice of an outbreak. The testing can be performed at the community level from a wastewater treatment plant inflow or individual buildings in healthcare, industrial, workplace, or university settings.

In 2021, Neogen Corporation launched Early Warning COVID-19 Testing for wastewater. The new test monitors the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus known to cause COVID-19, in sludge from wastewater facilities. With the test, Neogen provides precise results that quickly identify new types of outbreaks and provide early signals of potential infections and surges within facilities.

In 2021, Intertek announced that it had been appointed by Irish Water to deliver a Strategic Modelling Study of Cork Harbour in partnership with Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd. The study will develop a strategic numerical hydrodynamic and water quality model, which can be used to assess and quantify the potential impacts of Irish Water’s activities on the receiving waters in Cork Harbour.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Drivers

    2. 4.2 Market Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.3.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.3.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Test Type

      1. 5.1.1 Physical Test

      2. 5.1.2 Chemical Test

        1. Pesticides

        2. Heavy Metals and Others

      3. 5.1.3 Microbiological Test

    2. 5.2 By Technology

      1. 5.2.1 HPLC-based

      2. 5.2.2 LC-MS/MS-based

      3. 5.2.3 Immunoassay-based

      4. 5.2.4 Other Technologies

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

        4. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. Spain

        4. France

        5. Italy

        6. Russia

        7. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. South Africa

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Most Active Companies

    2. 6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

    3. 6.3 Market Share Analysis

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 SGS SA

      2. 6.4.2 Eurofins Scientific

      3. 6.4.3 Intertek Group PLC

      4. 6.4.4 Mérieux NutriScience

      5. 6.4.5 TÜV SÜD

      6. 6.4.6 ALS Limited

      7. 6.4.7 UL LLC

      8. 6.4.8 Neogen Corporation

      9. 6.4.9 NSF International

      10. 6.4.10 Set Point Laboratories

    5. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Water Testing Market market is studied from 2016 - 2027.

The Water Testing Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.33% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

SGS S.A., Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group PLC, Mérieux NutriSciences, TÜV SÜD are the major companies operating in Water Testing Market.

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