The global water testing equipment market size was valued at USD 4.45 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030. Growing demand for clean water for municipal applications and demand for water for the production of food & beverages and pharmaceutical products is expected to boost the market growth. Increasing focus on sustainability due to the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 has resulted in a renewed focus on water resource management. Moreover, the increasing infrastructural development programs initiated through the economic stimulus for the development of drinking water facilities are also expected to augment the demand for water testing equipment over the forecast period.
The U.S. passed a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) law to promote investments, in terms of upgrades and new establishment of desalination facilities and water purification plants, on a domestic level. This favorable initiative to promote investments in the water treatment industry on a domestic level is anticipated to have a positive impact on the water testing equipment industry’s growth over the forecast period.
According to the UN World Water Development Report, approximately 6 million people will face a clean water shortage by 2050. This is due to rapid population and economic growth worldwide, which has resulted in increased demand for clean water. Moreover, reduced water resources and increased water pollution are also contributing to the demand for water testing equipment.
Several governments have introduced stringent regulations related to safe drinking water is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period. Key governmental authorities such as the European Environment Agency (EEA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are playing key roles in improving the quality of water environments.
As the water testing equipment industry is witnessing growth globally, a number of players are setting up their manufacturing and distribution units across the world. With multiple new players entering the market, along with the continuous exploration of new opportunities by the existing players to develop improved and innovative equipment, the market is characterized by significant competition.
Spectrometers led the market and accounted for 35.0% of the global revenue share in 2022. A spectrometer is a desktop laboratory tool that is used to assess the purity and quality of water in a variety of settings, including drinking water, processed water, and wastewater.
Total Organic Carbon (TOC) is a unit of analysis used to quantify the total carbon content of organic compounds in pure water and aqueous systems. Organizations and labs use this analytical technique of TOC to assess how well a solution fits their processes. By the TOC analysis, total carbon, total inorganic carbon, purgeable organic carbon, non-purgeable organic carbon, dissolved organic carbon, etc. can be measured.
The ability of ions in an aqueous solution to conduct an electrical current is measured using conductivity meters. To assess the degree of pollutants in water supplies for home use, wastewater treatment, water quality testing, as well as industrial use, conductivity is frequently utilized. Chemical, power generation, semiconductor, textile, hospitals, food and beverage, mining, iron and steel, pulp and paper, electroplating, petroleum, and marine industries are some that use this technique.
Benchtop product type led the market and accounted for 70.8% of the global revenue share in 2022. A self-contained, extremely portable, lightweight system designed for a backpack that may be used to analyze both microbiological and physicochemical water quality parameters. Ideal for water engineers doing testing or monitoring in isolated rural areas with difficult terrain.
The substantial market share of portable & handheld devices can be attributed to the rising demand for portable water testing tools that can be used in the field or in a makeshift lab to examine physical, chemical, and microbiological pollutants. Additionally, it is anticipated that during the forecast period, this segment would record the largest CAGR.
The purpose of the benchtop water test kit is to test the safety of drinking water by looking specifically for bacterial contamination. It is particularly helpful in emergencies where testing and results can be promptly ascertained so that immediate corrective action can be performed.
Physical tests led the market and accounted for 56.3% of the global revenue share in 2022. The demand is expected to progress owing to the surging awareness of water-prone diseases. The physical test records color, total solids, turbidity, suspended solids, dissolved solids, odor, and taste. The color tests suggest the effectiveness of the water treatment system.Colloidal matter and suspended solids are the causes of water turbidity. It can be the result of soil erosion brought on by dredging or the development of microorganisms. Filtration is costly when there is high turbidity.
The chemical test records pH, the presence of a defined group of chemical parameters, hardness, biocides, highly toxic chemicals, and B.O.D. The concentration of hydrogen ions is gauged by pH. It serves as a gauge for the water's relative acidity or alkalinity. B.O.D. is the measure of how much oxygen microorganisms require to stabilize degradable organic matter in aerobic environments. Having a high BOD signifies organic pollution and a lack of oxygen necessary for living.
Electrochemistry led the market and accounted for 42.6% of the global revenue share in 2022. Electrochemical methods are appealing because of their small size, chemical selectivity, a wide range of applications, and minimal production of secondary waste.
The electrochemical measurement equipment is chosen to regulate variables including pH, conductivity, redox, dissolved oxygen, and TDS. The method may be used right away on the job site and has advantages such as being adaptable to any environment, portable, simple to understand, and simple to use.
Atomic and molecular spectroscopy is a potent technique for analyzing the chemical makeup or structure of a substance, whether it be a pure compound, a simple mixture, or a solution of two or more different phases of crystalline or amorphous material.
The industrial end-use segment led the water testing equipment market and accounted for 61.8% of the global revenue share in 2022. The surging industrial development globally owing to favorable government policies is expected to escalate the count of manufacturing facilities and correspondingly augment the product demand.
The industrial application segment presents a wide application scope for fresh and processed water in several industries including chemical, paper & pulp, food & beverages, mining, and refineries. Rapid urbanization, technological advancements, and a rising number of production units are resulting in high demand for fresh and processed water. These factors are, in turn, projected to promote the market growth over the forecast period.
Increasing urban population, rising investment, and favorable government policies promoting infrastructure development are projected to foresee tremendous demand for water treatment systems in municipal sectors of developing markets, including Turkey, China, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh. These factors are projected to propel the growth of the water testing equipment industry.
The private laboratories end-use segment also had significant growth in 2022. The rising requirements for clean water owing to rapid urbanization & industrialization and the depleting freshwater supplies are expected to drive the segment growth over the projected period.
North America led the market and accounted for 34.2% of the global revenue share in 2022. Several regulations, including the Clean Water Act, recommend that states in the U.S. designate surface waters used for drinking water and set water quality standards. This Act also establishes programs to prevent pollution from entering these waters. Furthermore, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) mandates the safety of U.S. public drinking water supplies are expected to fuel market growth over the forecast period.
The demand for water testing equipment is estimated to witness a significant CAGR in the Middle East and Africa over the forecast period. Increasing expenditure on the establishment of water treatment facilities in the Middle East and rising demand for processed water for food & beverages are some of the key factors for market growth.
The European Commission has set a mission to transform water utilities in less developed parts of Europe. EU’s water policy which is primarily driven by three directives, namely, the drinking water directive, the water framework directive, and the urban wastewater treatment directive is expected to increase the demand for water testing equipment on a domestic level.
The U.S. Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Grant Program is expected to prove beneficial for the country with grants for water infrastructure projects along Tijuana, New, and San Pedro rivers. Public-private partnerships in these projects are expected to increase over the years, augmenting the growth of the water testing equipment industry in Mexico.
Key players such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, SGS SA, Emerson Electric Co., and Honeywell International Inc. have a wide product portfolio, extensive distribution network, and a high degree of operational integration. All the major industry players have invested extensively in research & development operations in recent years, which have led to the invention of several products that can be utilized across the market.
For instance, in March 2023, Emerson introduced its new ASCOTM Series 641, 642, and 643 Aluminum Filter Regulators, which improve process effectiveness and decrease unscheduled downtime in a variety of process applications. These tough, aluminum filter regulators have the highest flow rates of any in their class, and they give accurate pressure regulation to instruments farther down the line during the pandemic is likely to impact the market over the forecast period. Some prominent players in the global water testing equipment market include:
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
Emerson Electric Co.
Honeywell International, Inc.
General Electric Company
Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.
Eurofins Scientific SE
Idexx Laboratories Inc.
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Market size value in 2023
USD 4.69 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 7.15 billion
CAGR of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company market position analysis, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Instrument, product type, test type, technique, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Central & South America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; Mexico; UK; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; China; Japan; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Argentina; UAE; South Africa
Key companies profiled
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.; SGS SA; Emerson Electric Co.; Honeywell International, Inc.; Danaher Corporation; General Electric Company; Horiba Ltd.; 3M Company; Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.; Perkinelmer, Inc.; Tintometer GmbH; Eurofins Scientific SE; Idexx Laboratories Inc.; Agilent Technologies, Inc.; Shimadzu Corporation
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global water testing equipment market report based on the instrument, product type, test type, technique, end-use, and region:
Instrument Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Dissolved Oxygen Meter
Product Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Portable & Handheld
Test Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Technique Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Central & South America
Middle East & Africa
b. The global water testing equipment market size was estimated at USD 4.44 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 4.69 billion in 2023.
b. The water testing equipment market, in terms of revenue, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.1% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 7.14 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the water testing equipment market with a revenue share of 34.2% in 2022, on account of several factors including rapid industrialization, growing urban population and technological innovation in water treatment.
b. Some of the key players operating in the water testing equipment market include Xylem, Inc., Pentair plc, Suez, Ecolab Inc., DuPont, and Veolia Group among others.
b. The key factors that are driving the water testing equipment market include the growing demand for clean water coupled with stringent regulations by governments for water emissions.
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