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Wastewater treatment chemicals include anti-foaming agents, pH neutralizers, coagulants, and flocculants. These chemicals help to remove solids and suspended particles and clarify the wastewater. These chemicals can be organic and inorganic and are beneficial in removing the harmful pathogens from water. They are also useful in eliminating the hazardous chemicals and toxins present in the water. Moreover, wastewater treatment chemicals also enhance the quality and color of the water and separate valuable substance from the water.

The global water & wastewater treatment chemicals market is estimated to account for US$ 29,876.0 Mn in terms of value and 6,977.04 KT in terms of volume by the end of 2019


An increasing number of end-use industries are projected to foster the market growth of wastewater treatment chemicals. They are used across a number of end-user industries where they are used to avoid corrosion and scaling of various instruments and utilities. These chemicals are used to enhance the efficiency of utilities such as cooling towers, pipes, and boilers. Therefore, the usage of wastewater treatment chemicals increase the efficiency of the process and lower the operational costs, hence encouraging manufacturer to use these chemicals, which in turn propelling the market growth of the wastewater treatment chemicals.

Market Opportunities

Increasing launch of new and advanced wastewater treatment chemicals is expected to foster market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in September 2017, Kurita Water Industries Ltd. has announced that it has started selling a new version of CETAMINE®, a water treatment chemical for intermediate and high-pressure boilers acquired through M&A in Europe in 2015, in the Japanese market under the name CETAMINE® JP Series. Hence, increasing the launch of new chemicals for wastewater treatment is projected to propel the market growth over the forecast period.

Market Restraints

Increasing launch and adoption of water treatment equipment across the end-use industries is projected to hinder the market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in July 2017, GE launched BEVPAK*, new ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) solution for water treatment in the manufacturing of beverages. GE Water & Process Technologies’ new, integrated UF and RO technology is designed to process poor quality and challenging source water with optimal removal of particulates, microorganisms and total dissolved solids (TDS) while reducing the footprint and lowering costs.

Key Takeaways:

Global water & wastewater treatment chemicals market was valued at US$ 29,876.0 Million in 2019 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 41,625.7 Million by 2027 at a CAGR of 4.2% between 2019 and 2027. This is attributed to growing urbanization and industrialization. 

Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor product type segment dominated the global water & wastewater treatment chemicals market in 2019, accounting for 28.59% share in terms of volume, followed by Coagulants & Flocculant. This is owing to increasing focus of industries on the treatment of wastewater due to stringent government regulations is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.

Market Trends

Increasing implementation of central wastewater treatment units for treating wastewater from various industries, governments around the globe is implementing the concept of a central wastewater treatment unit. Such units involve the collection of wastewater from various small and medium-scale industries for treatment, from where the water is subsequently discharged or used accordingly as per demand. Therefore, rising implementation of such units ensures regulatory compliance and also significantly reduces capital investment. Hence, the rising concept of central wastewater treatment unit is expected to fuel the market growth.

Increasing demand for fresh water in the U.S. is projected to grow due to changing climatic condition, fluctuation in energy generation and land use and increasing human population is expected to propel the market growth of the wastewater treatment chemicals over the forecast period. Moreover, fresh water in the country is mostly used for municipal and industrial use, irrigation and electric power plant cooling, and in aquaculture for livestock. Therefore, the rising demand for fresh water is projected to propel the market growth.

Competitive Section:

Company Names 

Players active in the market are Kemira Oyj, ION EXCHANGE (I) Ltd, Thermax Ltd, BASF-SE, GE Water & Process Technologies, Dorf Ketal, Chembond India Ltd, SNF Group, Vasu Chemicals, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Gold Crest, Shandong Taihe Water Treatment Technologies Co., Ltd., and Shandong XinTai Water Treatment Technology Co., Ltd

Few Recent Developments

Kemira Oyj

  • In June 2015, the company commissioned a large scale water treatment chemical plant at Tarragona, Spain. This plant manufactures aluminum and iron-based coagulants for drinking and wastewater treatment. Along with coagulants, the plant will also produce functional chemicals for pulp and paper industries


By Region

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • APEJ
  • Japan
  • Middle East & Africa

By Product Type

  • Coagulant & Flocculants
  • Biocide
  • Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor
  • Defoamer
  • pH Adjuster
  • Others 

By Application

  • Cooling Water 
  • Boiler Water
  • Membrane Water
  • Municipal Water
  • Others

By End-User

  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Mining
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Chemicals & Fertilizers 
  • Pharmaceuticals 
  • Municipal
  • Textile
  • Food & Beverages
  • Others (Automotive, Etc.)
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