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.
Firstly, if your 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.
There are 4 basic options below
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 (but is limited in recovery rate)
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). However, recovery is only approx. 30% (so 70% of each litre of water goes to the drain to make 30%).
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 which pumps ozone into the tank water through a small air stone, creating 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 your point of filling (these can be taps, or simple ball valves to dispense the water into your bottles). The RO plant will automatically be stopped by a float switch when the product water storage tank is full.
- You would need a budget of around R 42 000 ex VAT ex-factory (excluding: equipment delivery, product water storage tank, installation, installation materials, filling table), depending on final specifications, for the RO system described above./li>
- 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, special bottle rinsers to clean out the bottles before filling, stainless steel filling table, etc.
You want clients come into your shop (in a mall or petrol station) and fill up their own water bottles / containers, as well as bottle your own water under your own label.
- Our EH-BPS-350 unit is a fully integrated plug-and-play unit with a built in pressure filling system and 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 2500lt (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 have 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 of around R 128 000 ex VAT ex-factory for the RO system described above (excluding: equipment delivery, water storage tanks, installation labour, installation fittings, water meter, manual bottle rinsing unit, manual dispensing taps), depending on final specifications decided. You will also need a stainless steel filling table which would add around R 35 000 to the investment.
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 and conference centres
- The best units for this application will be our commercial BPRO-1200 and BPRO-2000 systems. We base the capacity on a 10 hour working day, so you will be able to make between 12 000 and 20 000 litres per day, depending on which unit you choose.
- A complete system consists of the RO unit itself, a separate system control panel, a separate ozone generator, large free-standing GAC filter, chemical dosing pump for RO membrane antiscalent dosing, a clean-in-place tank and system for the RO membranes, circulation pumps, handheld meters, variable frequency controlled filling line pump system, as well as a start-up maintenance kit and hand-held meters to measure water quality of raw water.
- 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 provides 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.
- You will need a budget of around R 250 000 to R 415 000 ex VAT ex-factory (excluding equipment delivery, water storage tanks, carbonation system with bottle rinsers and dispensing taps (like beer dispensing taps), installation labour, installation fittings, filling tables), depending on final specifications and size of RO unit you choose, as described above. 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 R75 000 ex VAT ex-factory, in addition to the basic system budgets described above.
You want to open a large factory to bottle still and sparkling water under your own label, and sell to retailers such as supermarkets, guest houses, restaurants, conference centres
- We manufacture larger systems that produce from 4000 lph to 6000 lph.
- The bottling plant can be built into a 6 meter container, be delivered to site and be placed inside your building (assuming enough height for a crane truck)
- We don’t manufacture semi- or automated bottle filling machines, labelling machines, blow moulding machines to make plastic bottles, pallet wrappers, etc, but we can put you in touch with companies that do supply this additional equipment
- The equipment is similar to the above Option 3, but the investment is more substantial.