More than 1 million water bottles are purchased every minute on this planet, according to market researchers. Those same figures point to an uptick in the Asian markets that will lead to 20% growth by the end of 2021.
So there is a tremendous amount of competition and growth for a company looking to bottle and brand their own water.
But what goes into water processing?
In the following article, we will examine how a bottle of water is collected, filtered, and then ends up in your hand.
Watering Processing Sources
Are you considering an artisanal brand of water? Springwater? Natural sparkling water? These kinds of water are labeled as such depending on their source and unique qualities.
Artesian water means that the water was tapped from an underground source or an artesian well. Springwater comes from a natural spring source, and sparkling water has a natural amount of CO2 to give it that lovely effervescence.
All bottles of water (unless it’s labeled as “raw”) has gone through a filtration process, but some bottled waters aren’t taken from wells or springs but straight from a public water source.
This water is often dubbed purified water, or companies might label it for the geographic area.
The first step of bottled water production is securing the water source. If it is from a well, these are usually constructed of stainless steel and drilled near the production facility.
Filtration and Purification
Before the product gets to the water filling line, it needs to undergo a rigorous filtration and purification process to dispose of any unwanted microbes, bacteria, and sediments.
If the water is coming from a public source, your first step in the water treatment process is carbon filtration. This process removes trihalomethanes and chlorines that that may impact the taste and purity of the water.
Next, companies add a water softener and subject the water to reverse osmosis to remove minerals. These minerals can affect the water’s taste and clarity and, over time, impact the machinery of the bottling process.
The water is then stored in tanks and monitored before it has any additives, like minerals, added to the liquid to make it manufacturer specific. Following this step, another round of filtration takes place. You then subject the water to micro-filtration and purge it of small particles. Companies may then use ultra-violet light is to disinfect further.
Filling and Labeling
When you finish the extensive job of filtrating the water, it then moves to the bottling stage. This, again, is a highly sanitary process. An effective filling line is one of the most important and cost-saving parts of the water bottling process, and companies take great care in selecting the line and the bottle — plastic, glass, etc. — that fulfills their vision.
The water bottle is then labeled, stored, and shipped to the consumer.
But maybe the most important part of water processing for companies great and small is internal quality controls. You must be hyper-vigilant to run a successful water botting company.
You need to monitor the source of your water and filtration methods constantly to ensure a consistent and quality product free of microbes and unwanted particles. Companies will often dedicate employees specifically for this purpose alone because the job is of tantamount importance.
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