How to start a water purification business in south africa

How to start a water purification business in south africa

Water is an essential part of our everyday life, and it is even more important than food. According to research, a human being can survive 6-7 days or even more without food, but without hydration, they will survive for around 3-4 days only. It is indeed a fact that 60% of our bodies comprise fluids. It is, therefore, important to drink clean water to survive, especially in Africa, where water can be contaminated. Here are the main tips on how to start a water purification business in South Africa.

How to start a water purification business in south africa

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There are different methods of purification of Di-hydrogen monoxide depending on the amount to be purified and its use. The main aim of H2O treatment is to remove all the components that are not wanted. There are several ways of purifying aqua. They include:

  • Boiling
  • Filtration
  • Distillation
  • Chlorination

Water Purification Systems

There are also several water purification systems such as:

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1. Reverse osmosis purification systems

Reverse osmosis is the most efficient method of water purification. It is capable of removing 90% of all the dissolved solids, 100% of all organics, and 100% of bacteria.

How to start a water purification business in south africa

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2. Ultra Violet System

UV systems are another example of water filters South Africa that remove contaminants. It is a two-part system: the aqua is pre-filtered to remove dust, enters a second chamber to remove sediment chlorine, and is then passed through an ultra-violet germicidal lamb that destroys 99% of the bacteria.

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3. Water Softeners

These softeners are other forms of water purifiers South Africa. They vary in sizes depending on the amount to be purified. High pressure and low-pressure systems are all available.

Other systems of H2O purification include:

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Starting the Business

Aqua purification is a business opportunity just like any other. Starting a water purification business will most likely involve bottling. You will at least need to do the following to set up a water purification system small business.

How to start a water purification business in south africa

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1. Have a business plan

This will help you have a clear idea of the cost of the entire project. How much money you will need to start the business and what skills you will need to make it successful. A well-drawn business plan will cost you at least R200 if you draw it yourself and R10,000 if you hire a professional to do it for you.

2. Register the business

You will need a business license to operate and incorporate your firm. This will cost you up to R1,000.

3. Register with health regulatory agencies

You will definitely need this to run a selling water business. in South Africa, SANBWA is the agency to go to get the relevant licenses.

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4. Building the actual factory

This will depend on how much capital you have at hand. If the money is not much, start small and expand with time.

5. Water supply

You will need to have a constant source of water supply, and, if possible, several sources. Depending on your source, you will decide on the location of the company.

6. Power supply

You will need a steady source of power supply and have a backup generator to guarantee the business running.

7. Water treatment plant

You will need to find a water purification system that will make the water cleaner, maintain its good taste, and still not strip off its natural minerals.

8. Mineral injection facility

Some treatment methods remove the natural minerals in the aqua, therefore, the need to artificially inject the minerals back.

9. Water packaging

Find the appropriate bottle to package the product in.

10. Labels

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Find the most suitable unique label to use to avoid being sued by other companies.

11. Marketing your product

This is done by advertising the product via all means like TV, radio, Gazettes, etc. You have to be ready to incur the cost of promoting your product.

12. Staffing

You will definitely need adequate and qualified staff for the business to run normally.

13. Website

At this age, your company will definitely need to have an official website where you will get feedback from your consumers or even complaints. It will also provide a platform for you to increase the awareness of your product.

All the water companies in South Africa have done this, and for those having water purification business ideas, it will, for sure, require a lot of effort, but we wish you all the best.


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