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How Much You Need to Invest for Bottled Water Business Startup?

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Hello, everyone; I’m John Lau, a senior consultant for bottled water business start-ups.
As everyone knows, the bottled water business is growing during the pandemic.
But what you don’t know is how much money you need to invest in this business for the beginning?

If you need to produce 3000 bottles of 500ml bottled water per hour,
The total equipment investment is about US$120,000~140,000
How much is the specific cost? Please see below


Water treatment: 2 tons of single-stage RO water treatment: starting cost is about US$12,000, 15Kw.

General information

Usually includes raw water tank, pure water tank, quartz sand filtration, activated carbon filtration, precision filtration, 1 stage RO reverse osmosis filtration, Ozone system, and UV disinfection system.
The desalination rate is 97%, and the water quality after filtration can reach 400ppm.

Single-stage reverse osmosis equipment is suitable for areas where the conductivity of raw water is less than 300μs/cm. And for regions exceeding 300μs/cm, two-stage reverse osmosis equipment is required to make the pure water produced to meet the national standard: conductivity ≤10μs/cm.

Equipment included

  • Raw water tank
  • Multi-media filter
  • Activated carbon filter
  • Cationic resin softener
  • Precision filter
  • High-pressure pump
  • Reverse osmosis system
  • Ozone sterilization system
  • Pure water tank

Technology details

First-level pretreatment system

The quartz sand multi-media filter is mainly used to remove silt, manganese, rust, colloidal substances, mechanical impurities, suspended solids and other substances in the water that are harmful to the human body with particles above 20UM. The automatic filtration system adopts an imported Fleck controller, automatically carrying out a series of backwashing and forward washing. At the same time, the equipment has a self-maintenance system with low operating costs. Filter materials mainly include PPF, AC coconut carbon and so on.

Second-level pretreatment system

The activated carbon filter is used to remove pigments, peculiar smells, and a large amount of biochemical, organic matter in the water, reduce the residual chlorine value in the water, pesticide pollution and other pollutants harmful to the human body. The automatic filtration system adopts an imported Fleck controller, which can automatically carry out a series of backwashing and forward washing.

The third stage pretreatment system

The cationic resin is used to soften the water, mainly to remove the hardness in the water. The hardness of water is primarily composed of calcium (Ca2+) and magnesium (Mg2+) ions. When the raw water containing hardness ions passes through the resin layer, the Ca2+ and Mg2+ in the water are exchanged and absorbed by the resin. At the same time, sodium and Na+ ions are released at the same material quality. The water flowing out of the water softener is softened water from which the hardness ions have been removed. To effectively prevent the scale of the reverse osmosis membrane. The system can automatically carry out recoil, front flush and so on. And intelligent resin regeneration can be carried out to extend the service life of the system.

The fourth stage pretreatment system

The 5-micron pore size precision filter is used to purify the water and optimize the water’s turbidity and colour. Ensure the water inlet requirements of the RO system.

RO pure water equipment host system

Reverse osmosis technology is used for desalination treatment. The pore size of the reverse osmosis membrane is only 0.0001 micron. Which can remove harmful soluble solids, bacteria, viruses, etc., with a desalination rate of over 99.6%, and produce pure water that meets national standards. The host part contains a high-pressure pump and reverse osmosis membrane. The high-pressure pump is one of the core equipment on the host, providing sufficient pressure for the reverse osmosis membrane element to overcome the osmotic pressure. The running resistance meets the requirements of the device to reach the rated water output.

Ozone sterilization system

Ozone has strong oxidizing properties and has four primary functions: sterilization, oxidation, decolorization, and deodorization. When used for water disinfection, when the concentration is 4mg/l, it can kill all bacteria in 0.5-1 minute. At the same time, ozone can be dissolved. The oxygen-rich water is formed after the water, which ensures the pure freshness of the water without losing water activity.


Blow Molding Machine: 3000BPH x A4: Starting cost is about US$48,000, 60Kw

Equipment included

  • Bottle blowing machine
  • Preform heater
  • High-pressure air compressor
  • Low-pressure air compressor
  • Water chiller
  • Air dryer
  • Air filter
  • Air tank
  • Bottle blowing mould


Bottle blowing machine is a machine that blows bottles. Which can blow finished preforms into bottles through technological means.

The blowing process of the bottle blowing machine is divided into two parts.

Preheat of preforms

The preform is irradiated by an infrared high-temperature lamp to heat and soften the body part of the preform. To keep the neck shape, the preform neck does not need to be heated, so a particular cooling device must cool it. 

Bottle blow moulding

In this stage, the preheated preform is placed in the blow mould, and the interior is inflated with high pressure. Blow and pull the preform into the required bottle shape.

The automatic bottle blowing machine combines the two operations of bottle blowing through the operation of the manipulator, eliminating the need for the manual process of putting the preheated preform into the blowing mould. Significantly accelerate the rate of production.

For more technical details, please contact me via [email protected] or WhatsApp 86 136 7018 1318.


Next is the filling line, the starting cost is about US$60,000, 55Kw

Equipment included

  • Bottlecap sterilizer, 
  • Filling machine, 
  • Bottlecap capping machine
  • blow dryer, 
  • Laser code printer, 
  • Sleeve labelling machine
  • Shrink film wrapping machine, 
  • and 20-meter conveyor system

Technology details

Filling machine

This rinsing, filling and capping three-in-one monobloc is the most critical equipment in the filling line. iBottling integrates foreign advanced filling technology, independently researches develop, and manufactures advanced beverage bottler. Which is dedicated to filling and capping large-volume bottled water and other beverages.

Bottle washing system

The bottle washer is a rotary bottle washer, mainly used for rinsing beverages, water, and other products. The bottle enters the equipment through the dial wheel. The bottleneck is clamped by the gripper and the turning mechanism to turn the bottle mouth down. The sterile water is rinsed and drained. It is automatically turned over the bottleneck and transported to the filling system.

Filling system

The small bottle water filling machine adopts Italian technology to make the filling speed faster under the premise of meeting the required liquid level for water filling;

Capping system

The capping system is a single machine with high precision in the three-in-one machine. Which has a significant influence on the reliability of the equipment operation and the defective rate of the product.

Cap elevator machine

quickly feed the cap into the bottle cap sterilizer or filling machine.

Cap sanitizing machine

consists of automatic capping machine, disinfectant water tank, disinfection tunnel, etc. Its function is to prevent secondary pollution of the bottle cap. The disinfection method adopts the spray type. It uses multiple sets of nozzles to spray high-concentration ozone water in various directions of the bottle cap to sterilize the surface of the bottle cap. The time for the bottle cap to receive the spray should ensure that the microorganisms can be killed entirely.


It is mainly used to dry the residual water on the surface of the packaging container. In beer, beverages, etc., the bottle body residue is blown and dried thoroughly. Ensure that the subsequent labelling, sleeve labelling, coding, coding, and inspection processes are not affected.

Laser code printer

Print the production date and batch on the bottle or bottle cap.

Sleeve labelling machine

A packaging machine automatically cuts the cylinder label and accurately sets it into the container. In conjunction with the subsequent heat shrinking process, the label is correctly fixed to the proper position of the container. The use of the sleeve labelling machine dramatically reduces the manpower and material resources of the sleeve labelling link. It has been widely used in beer and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical and other industries, especially in the juice processing production line, it is the necessary equipment.


Transportation and others


In addition, all the above equipment requires about 2 x 40HQ containers for delivery.


About 130Kw, need 3-5 workers to operate at the same time.

Working area

Need plant area of ​​100-200 square meters

Plastic parts

Also need raw materials: 25/30 mouth preform, bottle cap, about US$0.04 per set.

Service life

Depreciation rate 10% and last for 10 years.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message below for more details:

Please click below to watch the production process of bottled water production.

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