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

The Water Treatment Chemicals Market 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.


Market Snapshot

Water Treatment Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: Asia Pacific
CAGR: >6 %
Water Treatment Chemicals Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The global water treatment chemicals market is estimated to be valued at USD 33,930.28 million in 2022 and is expected to register a CAGR of 6.53% between 2022 and 2027.

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the chemical sector has been affected negatively worldwide. The scarcity of resources, workforce shortages, and other constraints significantly hampered the industry's expansion. The market is expected to reach the pre-pandemic level in the forecast period.

  • The rising ground and surface water pollution and stringent regulations about wastewater treatment are likely to drive the growth of the water treatment chemicals market.
  • The stringent regulations pertaining to wastewater treatment are also expected to boost the market growth during the forecast period.
  • On the flip side, the hazardous nature of hydrazine is expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Increasing focus on treating emerging contaminates is expected to unveil new opportunities for the market studied.
  • Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to high demand from countries like China and India.

Scope of the Report

Water treatment is the process that extracts or decreases pollutants and unwanted components from water to be suitable for end-use. The chemicals required in this method are referred to as water treatment chemicals.  Algicide, Chlorine, Chlorine dioxide and other chemicals are some 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. By geography, the market is segmented into Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the water treatment chemicals market in 29 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD million).

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
Australia and New Zealand
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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Key Market Trends

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 the primary concern driving the demand for the water treatment chemicals market.​
  • Municipal wastewater is the water drains from toilets, showers, sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, dishwashers, and liquid industrial waste. Municipal wastewater should be treated before releasing it into the environment to avoid damaging the environment and spreading harmful diseases. ​
  • 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 is likely to 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 is expected to increase significantly in the upcoming forecast period.
Water Treatment Chemicals Market, Revenue Share (%), by End-user Industry, Global, 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.
  • Moreover, most of China’s population relies on groundwater sources for drinking water, which are either untreated or not adequately treated by municipal water suppliers. Therefore, the need for water treatment chemicals increases.
  • 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.
  • In India, there has been an increase in chemical manufacturing plants. Additionally, the power generation sector in India is constantly evolving.
  • In March 2021, the government informed that an investment of INR8 lakh crore is anticipated in the sector by 2025, with opportunities offered by the increase in demand by about 9% per annum over the next five years, with about 168 investment prospects and about 29 projects under development.
  • According to the Indian Ministry of Power, for the year 2021-22, the energy generation target for thermal, hydro, nuclear, and Bhutan imports has been set at 1356 billion units, with an increase of 9.83 % as compared to the previous year's actual generation.
  • Hence, Asia-Pacific will likely dominate the market studied during the forecast period.
Water Treatment Chemicals Market, Growth Rate by Region, 2022 - 2027

Competitive Landscape

The global market for water treatment chemicals is fragmented in nature. Some of the major players in the market include (in no particular order) Ecolab, Solenis, Suez, and Veolia, and SNF among others.

Recent Development

  • In October 2021, Ecolab acquired Purolite to provide high-quality purification and separation solutions. The deal is set up as a cash transaction worth about USD 3.7 billion.
  • In June 2021, Kemira announced two investments to expand capacity in water treatment chemicals at its Yanzhou site in China to serve the growing Asia-Pacific market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Rising Ground and Surface Water Pollution

      2. 4.1.2 Stringent Regulations Pertaining to Wastewater Treatment

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Hazardous Nature of Hydrazine

      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


    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. Australia and New Zealand

        6. Indonesia

        7. Malaysia

        8. Singapore

        9. 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. BENELUX

        7. Turkey

        8. Switzerland

        9. Scandinavian Countries

        10. Poland

        11. Portugal

        12. Spain

        13. 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 Chemicals (India) Ltd.

      2. 6.4.2 Albemarle Corporation

      3. 6.4.3 BASF SE

      4. 6.4.4 Buckman Laboratories Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Chemtrade

      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 Suez

      16. 6.4.16 USALCO

      17. 6.4.17 Veolia

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Increasing Focus on Treating Emerging Contaminates

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Water Treatment Chemicals Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Water Treatment Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of >6% over the next 5 years.

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

Asia Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Ecolab, Solenis, Veolia, Suez, SNF are the major companies operating in Water Treatment Chemicals Market.

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