How to Start a Mineral Water Business? Investment, Process, Profits

Mineral water

Friends, the demand for drinking water is increasing rapidly from small to big cities. Because everyone wants to drink clean water but there is a scarcity of clean water. Therefore demand of packaged drinking water is increasing day by day.  The results showed that intake of mineral water reduces levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and increases levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.

Because high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and other conditions, and the mineral water helps keep your heart healthy and functioning properly. Therefore demand for mineral drinking water is increasing rapidly

Therefore starting a mineral water plant or a packaged water plant can be a very good business option. It is an evergreen business and everyone can do it.

Friends, if you also want to start your own mineral water plant business in India, then read this article completely. In this article, I am talking about the phased process of starting a mineral water plant or a packaged water plant in India.

This business is a profitable business but we will discuss these topics before starting.

What is the cost involved in opening a packaged water business?

The cost of starting a water treatment plant includes storage tanks, filling machines, water treatment machines, filters, conveyors, sealers, water sterilizers, water dispenser, bottle loaders, trucks, and workers.

Friends, you will need some essential machines for this business, which will help you in water filtration and water packaging.

Approximate estimated price of some machines is given below :-

20 bottle / min automatic mineral water plant

Capacity: 500 Bottles / hour, Price: – 5 Lacs

Automatic mineral water system

Capacity: 1000 Ltr / hour, Price: – 15 Lacs

Semi automatic

Capacity: 2000 Ltr / hour, Price: – 15 Lacs

Apart from this, other expenses are  like – Location, salary for employees, working capital per month, other expenditure in raw materials etc.

What type of license is required?

The following licenses and documents are required to set up a booking-drinking drinking water plant in India:

  • Small scale registration
  • ISI certificate from Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS)
  • Pollution Control Certificate from Pollution Cantrol Board
  • Water test report from the laboratory 
  • Pest control certification
  • Certificate from chemist and microbiologist for water quality certification
  • Medical certificate for working workers
  • No Objection Certificate from Local Authority (NOC)
  • Documents relating to Origin / Bonding of land for setting up plant
  • Acceptance of incoming electrical load
  • Approval of layout plan

Packaged drinking water production involves various stages:

Identify the source of raw water – The first stage is to make a decision about the source of water that should be  is clean and available in large quantities. These sources of water can be borewells, water supplied by the municipality or other sources which can later be used for the treatment of drinking water by water treatment plant.

Store raw water – In the next process is to store water in a tank with pipe connections and valves so that as per the requirement water can be used for treatment.

Water treatment process – In the water treatment process, we add the required amount of chlorine in the water besides the process of water softening, reverse osmosis (RO) process, UV sterilization and ozone disinfection process is carried out.

Water testing – In this process we test pure water in an indoor water testing laboratory. In the laboratory, water is tested for microbial and chemical parameters.

Pure Water Storage (Bottles / Jars / Pouches) – Machine is used to fill the processed water in bottles, in jars and in pouches.

Process involved in the treatment of raw water (technical aspects)

Coagulation process – This is the first step in which the alum chemical is added to remove impurities present in the water. This alum produces a chemically positive charge, which stick with negative charges particles and becomes larger in size, and these impurities are easily removed. After doing this process, the water is placed at the stable end for one hour.

Reverse Osmose Process – By reverse osmose process the impurities present in water such as salts are dissolved.

Chlorination of water – This process is used to kill bacteria and other micro-organisms in the chlorine tank with the help of chlorine gas.

Sand filtering – To remove insoluble impurities in water, the water is passed through sand filters to remove these insoluble impurities.

Carbon Filtration Chlorination – After the sand filtering process, this water is then passed through a carbon filter to remove the odor and color present in the water.

Packing and Bottling – After undergoing various processes, the clean water is packaged and bottled with the help of machines.

Branding and marketing of packaged drinking water

After the production of packaged drinking water, you need to market and brand your product because there are already many brands in the market which are taking over the market. For this you have to promote your brand. Also include marketing expenses in your business plan, under which you can earn more profits by increasing sales in different ways.

Is the packaged  water business is a Profitable Business?

The margin of profit in the mineral water business is highly dependent. If you are buying  500 ml, 1-liter and  5-liter jars, the average profit will be 10–15%. However, if you are buying a 5 liter jar, the average profit will be around 30–40%.

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