I want to bottle water

Do you want to start a bottled water business? We manufacture and install the equipment you need from the water source to the point of bottling.

There are 4 basic options below

First and foremost, if the input water is not supplied by a reputable municipality, for example borehole or mountain stream water, you WILL need to get a full chemical, mineral and bacterial water analysis of the raw water done – this is a mandatory first step no matter who you eventually purchase equipment from. We can give you all the details you need of how to take a water sample and where to send it for an analysis. We need to know what is in your water before we can recommend and specify the equipment you will need to get the raw water to food grade quality. Remember, bottled water is a food item, and your business will need to adhere to your local Health Department rules and regulations of selling a food item in your country.

Option 1:
You want to open a small shop in a shopping mall and let clients come in and fill up their own water bottles/containers from a tap, and charge per litre of water dispensed.

  • Our EH-TWRO-2 is the simplest and most cost-effective option
  • This reverse osmosis (RO) unit is the smallest unit we build, and is used to purify the municipal water at a rate of approx. 150 litres per hour. We base the 150 lph capacity on a 10 hour working day, so you will be able to make close to 1500 litres per day. It works directly off 6 bar municipal pressure (no high pressure pump required). If the water production is not adequate, we can add more membranes as demand increases (up 300 litres per hour of product/sellable water).
  • The RO plant will take water from the municipal supply line, pass it through the GAC (granular activated carbon) and sediment removal pre-filters (blue filter housings shown) to remove municipal chlorine, chemicals, some organics if present, and sediment, before passing it through the RO membranes. The water will then be sent to a product water storage tank of 500 -1000 litres (JoJo tanks are fine, but must be food grade – you can usually buy these locally). The stored product water will need to be kept sanitized until it is put in bottles – we use a small ozone generator with pumps ozone into the tank water through a small air stone, which creates ozone bubbles, and this keeps most bacteria from growing in the stored water before it goes to your filling line tap. You will also need a pressure pump, pressure tank and pressure switch to pump the stored water to you point of filling (these can be taps, or simple ball valves to dispense the water into your bottles). The RO plant will stop automatically by a float switch when the product water storage tank is full.
  • Price including RO unit, pressure filling system, ball-valve tap, and ozone system is approx. R 45 000 ex-factory Knysna, ex VAT (no product water storage tank, installation, installation materials, filling table, glass tank included).
  • You will then need to have the equipment installed and everything joined up with uPVC piping and fittings. There are many other optional extras you can buy to add to the above basic equipment, such as handheld meters to measure your water quality (pH, TDS, etc), which are very important, a water meter to measure the volume of water you are selling, a glass display storage tank if you want the clients to see the stored water, special bottle rinsers to clean out the bottles before filling, stainless steel filling table, etc.

Option 2:
You want to let clients come in and fill up their own water bottles/containers, as well as bottle your own water under your own label to sell in your petrol station or small supermarket.

  • Our EH-BPS-350 unit is a fully integrated plug-and-play unit with a built in pressure filling system, ozone generator (sanitation for the water storage tank). We base the 350 lph capacity on a 10 hour working day, so you will be able to make close to 3000 litres per day.
  • This unit has as a much higher recovery rate than the TWRO-2 unit above (about 75% recovery, which means that for every litre of water you put through the RO unit, you get 0.75 litres of sellable water, and only 0.25 litres goes down the drain as reject water – read about the RO process on our website).
  • You would need a municipal water supply tank of at least 1000lt (JoJo type food grade tanks are fine). This tank is fed by the municipal supply after going through a free-standing GAC filter as above, and is kept full by a float valve. Thereafter the process is identical to the above, but with much higher flow rate (basic plant gives 350 litres per hour, upgradeable to approx. 800lph in the future). This system has its own pressure system and ozone system built in, so the customer filling station can be multiple taps as required and then behind the scene you can install your own bottle filling system to be able to sell your own brand of water.
  • This type of business obviously does require quite a bit more investment, for example your filling room must be a very clean area where the staff using the equipment need to be dressed accordingly, proper sanitation, record keeping, monthly health inspections, etc. This equipment is technically more complicated than the above option, so for this reason it is essential you hire an engineer and/or electrically trained person to operate and manage the system. We offer full on-site training after we have installed (installation not included in price above) the system, and provide equipment manuals for your reference, as well as excellent after-sale service. You will also need to purchase bottles, labels, adhere to strict food processing health and safety codes (contact your local health department for these regulations), employ staff to run the system, fill bottles and do maintenance, etc.
  • You would need a budget for this type of equipment of around R 120 000 ex VAT ex factory (excluding water storage tanks, filling tables, installation labour, installation fittings), depending on final specs decided. You will also need a filling table which would add R 30 000 to the investment.

Option 3:
You want to open a small factory to bottle still and sparkling water under your own label to sell to retailers such as supermarkets, guest houses, restaurants, conference centres.

  • The best units for this application will be our commercial BPRO-1200 and BPRO-2000 systems. We base the 1200 lph capacity on a 10 hour working day, so you will be able to make close to 12 000 – 20 000 litres per day.
  • A complete system consists of the RO unit itself, a separate system control panel, a separate ozone generator, large free-standing GAC filter, chemical doing pump for RO membrane anti-scalent dosing, a clean-in-place tank and system for the RO unit, a carbonation system with two bottle rinsers and dispensing taps (like beer dispensing taps), circulation pumps, handheld meters, variable frequency controlled filling line pump system, as well as a start-up maintenance kit. As your business grows, you can add a second plant in series for greater output, so our equipment is designed to grow with you. Our systems are controlled by a PLC control panel, which gives you pH, TDS and ORP (sanitation) readings via the instrument probes we place in the piping. The ozone generator provided sanitation in the raw water tanks, product water tanks, and filling lines.
  • This equipment is technically far more complicated than the above options, so for this reason it is essential you hire an engineer and / or electrically trained person to operate and manage the system. We offer full on-site training after we have installed (installation not included in price below) the system, and provide equipment manuals for your reference, as well as excellent after-sale service.
  • An estimated budget for this type of equipment would be from R 240 000 to R 410 000 ex VAT ex factory (excluding water storage tanks, carbonated water system, installation labour, installation fittings, etc), depending on final specs decided. You will then also need to invest substantially in the building, furniture, etc to make it a proper environment for selling a food item, as well as purchase your bottles, labels, etc. A system to carbonate / add bubbles to the water will cost around R 100 000, in addition to the basic system budgets described above.

Option 4:
You want to open a large factory to bottle still and sparkling water under your own label to sell to retailers such as supermarkets, guest houses, restaurants, conference centres.

  • We manufacture larger systems that produce from 4000 lph to 6000 lph. The equipment is similar to the above, but the investment is more substantial. Call us today +27 (0)44 382 2805 should this option be what you are looking for.


Contact us today on +27(0)44 382 2805 with your water purification requirements.