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

The Report Covers Global Water Treatment Chemicals Market Companies is Segmented by Product Type (Coagulants and Flocculants, Defoamer and Defoaming Agent (Antifoams), Oxygen Scavengers, Corrosion Inhibitors, Biocide and Disinfectants, Oxidants, pH Conditioners/Adjuster, Sludge Conditioners, Scale Inhibitors, Organic Chemicals/Odor Removal (Activated Carbon), Other Product Types), 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), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for the water treatment chemicals market based on revenue (USD million) for all the above segments.

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Size

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 6.03 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Water Treatment Chemicals Market Analysis

The water treatment chemicals market is estimated at USD 35.83 billion currently. It is expected to reach USD 48.02 billion over the forecast period, registering a CAGR of over 6.03% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the water treatment chemical market. However, the market recovered significantly in 2021 due to rising consumption from various end-user industries such as chemical manufacturing, mining, and municipal.

Over the short term, rising water pollution and stringent regulations around wastewater treatment are major factors driving the market's growth.

  • Conversely, non-compliance with regulations in emerging markets is expected to hinder market growth.
  • Furthermore, growing product and technology innovation is expected to be a market opportunity in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific represents the largest market and is expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period, owing to the increasing consumption from countries such as China, India, and Japan.

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Trends

Municipal End-user Industry to Dominate the Market

  • Municipal wastewater drains from toilets, showers, sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, dishwashers, and liquid industrial waste. Municipal wastewater should be treated before it is released into the environment to avoid damaging it and spreading harmful diseases.
  • Municipal water treatment processes are designed to remove or inactivate harmful contaminants from the water supply, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and chemical pollutants. This helps to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases and protects public health.
  • Proper treatment of municipal water before discharge helps protect aquatic ecosystems. Removing pollutants and minimizing the release of harmful substances into rivers, lakes, and oceans reduces the negative impact on marine life, plants, and habitats.
  • The United States is one of the highest water consumers in the world. Approximately 80% of the country's water and wastewater treatment industry is owned and managed publicly. However, the rural part of the country has significantly lower access to water treatment infrastructure and facilities than the urban areas.
  • The United States is going through various developments, including the Stormwater Treatment Area 1 West Expansion project, which involves the construction of water treatment facilities on 2,509 hectares of land in Florida, the United States, with an investment of USD 170 million. Construction commenced in Q4 2021 and is expected to finish by Q3 2023. The project aims to remove excess phosphorus and other nutrients from water flowing into the refuge and other parts of the greater Everglades and improve water quality. It will also increase the treatment capacity of water quality facilities by 50%.
  • Similarly, the water treatment industry is expected to register a healthy growth rate in Mexico. The country housed a large number of wastewater treatment plants. It has almost 2,477 municipal wastewater treatment plants, 2,639 wastewater treatment plants, 874 potable water treatment plants, and 435 desalination plants. Ongoing research in the country indicates the government to majorly focus on developing municipal wastewater treatment plants, mainly in the urban areas, which will likely promote the demand for water treatment chemicals.
  • In Germany, the increasing water treatment activities, primarily in the northern region, boost the demand for water treatment chemicals. Environmental protection and human health are considered extremely important in Germany. This importance has led to efficient water and wastewater treatment methods, and nearly 100% of the wastewater in Germany is treated to meet the highest standards set by the European Union.
  • Therefore, the demand for wastewater treatment will increase significantly in the upcoming forecast period.
Water Treatment Chemicals Market: Water, Sewage, and other System Utilities, Capital Expenditures, In USD million,  United States, 2018-2021

Asia-Pacific to Dominate the Market

  • Asia-Pacific dominated the water treatment chemicals market, owing to the high demand from countries like China and Japan.
  • The rapid economic growth and urbanization in China are likely to drive the growth of several industries, like municipal, chemical, food and beverages, oil and gas, and power generation, which, in turn, is likely to boost the demand for water treatment chemicals.
  • In June 2022, an environmental protection company that focuses on water environment management, named China Everbright Water, secured the expansion and upgrading project of the ZhangdianEast Chemical Industry Park Industrial Wastewater Treatment in Zibo City, Shandong Province. This project will be operated on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) model, with a designed daily industrial wastewater treatment capacity of around 5,000 cubic meters.
  • According to International Trade Administration, China plans to build or renovate 80,000 km of sewage collection pipeline networks and increase sewage treatment capacity by 20 million cubic meters/day between 2021 and 2025.
  • Similarly, In India, there has been an increase in chemical manufacturing plants. Additionally, the power generation sector in India is constantly evolving.
  • In the Union Budget 2022, the Government of India announced a package of INR 60 lakh crore (USD 7,271.9 million) to provide drinkable water to every household, thus boosting the demand for water treatment in the country.
  • In September 2022, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai awarded SEZ with a contract of EUR 700 million (1.06 million) to design, build, and operate (DBO) a wastewater treatment facility at Worli, Mumbai, with a capacity of 500 million liters per day (MLD) to serve a population of around 2.5 million.
  • Hence, Asia-Pacific will likely dominate the market studied during the forecast period.
Water Treatment Chemicals Market, Growth Rate by Region

Water Treatment Chemicals Industry Overview

The global market for water treatment chemicals is consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include (in no particular order) Ecolab, Solenis, Veolia, Kurita Water Industries Ltd, and Chemtreat Inc., among others.

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Leaders

  1. Ecolab

  2. Solenis

  3. Veolia

  4. Chemtreat Inc.

  5. Kurita Water Industries Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Concentration
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Water Treatment Chemicals Market News

  • February 2023: Solenis completed the acquisition of the stock of the Grand Invest Group. Solenis will acquire all Grand Invest Group operating assets, including key strategic production and warehousing facilities, which will expand its Latin American water treatment portfolio.
  • September 2022: Solenis acquired Clearon Corp., the facility of which is located in South Charleston. This acquisition enabled Solenis to expand its portfolio of water treatment chemicals products for the residential and commercial pool water and spa treatment markets.
  • August 2022: Veolia Environment SA's former United Kingdom-based waste-treatment company will be acquired by French utility Suez SA for about EUR 2.3 billion. Suez is now ready to take back the UK assets, which were also put up for sale after objections from the country's competition authority.

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 Water Pollution

      2. 4.1.2 Stringent Regulations Pertaining to Wastewater Treatment

      3. 4.1.3 Other Drivers

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Non-Compliance with Regulations in Emerging Markets

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    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 Consumers

      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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size in Value)

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Coagulants and Flocculants

      2. 5.1.2 Defoamer and Defoaming Agent (Antifoams)

      3. 5.1.3 Oxygen Scavengers

      4. 5.1.4 Corrosion Inhibitors

      5. 5.1.5 Biocide and Disinfectants

      6. 5.1.6 Oxidants

      7. 5.1.7 PH Conditioners/Adjuster

      8. 5.1.8 Sludge Conditioners

      9. 5.1.9 Scale Inhibitors

      10. 5.1.10 Organic Chemicals/Odor Removal (Activated Carbon)

      11. 5.1.11 Other Product Types

    2. 5.2 End-user Industry

      1. 5.2.1 Power

      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

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Italy

        5. Russia

        6. Scandinavian Countries

        7. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Qatar

        4. Nigeria

        5. South Africa

        6. Rest of Middle East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd

      2. 6.4.2 Albemarle Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.4.4 Buckman

      5. 6.4.5 Chemtrade Logistics

      6. 6.4.6 ChemTreat Inc.

      7. 6.4.7 Dow

      8. 6.4.8 Ecolab

      9. 6.4.9 Kemira

      10. 6.4.10 Kurita Water Industries Ltd

      11. 6.4.11 Nouryon

      12. 6.4.12 SNF

      13. 6.4.13 Solenis

      14. 6.4.14 Solvay

      15. 6.4.15 Thermax Limited

      16. 6.4.16 USALCO

      17. 6.4.17 Veolia

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Product and Technology Innovation

    2. 7.2 Other Opportunities

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Water Treatment Chemicals Industry Segmentation

Water treatment chemicals are used in the treatment process to extract or decrease pollutants and unwanted components from water such that the treated water becomes suitable for end users. Coagulants and flocculants, oxygen scavengers, corrosion inhibitors, algaecide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and other chemicals are a few examples of water treatment chemicals. The water treatment chemicals market is segmented by product type, end-user industry, and geography. By product type, the market is segmented into coagulants and flocculants, defoamer and defoaming agents (antifoams), oxygen scavengers, corrosion inhibitors, biocide and disinfectants, oxidants, ph conditioners/adjusters, sludge conditioners, scale inhibitors, organic chemicals/odor removal (activated carbon), 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 also covers the market size and forecasts for the water treatment chemicals market in 19 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on revenue (USD).

Product Type
Coagulants and Flocculants
Defoamer and Defoaming Agent (Antifoams)
Oxygen Scavengers
Corrosion Inhibitors
Biocide and Disinfectants
PH Conditioners/Adjuster
Sludge Conditioners
Scale Inhibitors
Organic Chemicals/Odor Removal (Activated Carbon)
Other Product Types
End-user Industry
Oil and Gas
Chemical Manufacturing
Mining and Mineral Processing
Food and Beverage
Pulp and Paper
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Scandinavian Countries
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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Water Treatment Chemicals Market Research FAQs

The Water Treatment Chemicals Market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.03% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Ecolab, Solenis, Veolia, Chemtreat Inc. and Kurita Water Industries Ltd are the major companies operating in the Water Treatment Chemicals Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Water Treatment Chemicals Market.

The report covers the Water Treatment Chemicals Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Water Treatment Chemicals Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Water Treatment Chemicals Industry Report

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