How To Start Pure Water Business in Nigeria & Make Money

how to start a pure water business in Nigeria and making money from pure water/bottled table water production in Nigeria in 2018.

If you take your time and observed many packaged pure water or bottled water in the market today, you will presume that the business is saturated and dripping. One would likewise presume that the business does not bring in much profit.

Capital Requirement

The product is so diverse that no amount of capital is considered too small or too big for the project.

If you have so much money, you will also have more sophisticated areas to innovate and become the leader if you can. If you are not rich, you may have to operate in the sachet water packaging scale. The demand for pure water has grown very high.

It is now a household consumable product. Therefore if you want to invest in this area do not be discouraged but be professional. The writer will guide prospective investors this year 2012 in setting up this project from feasibility studies, site planning, procurement and installation of machines, development of marketing strategies and recruitment of experienced manpower to manage the project for profit.

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The Need for Clean Water

The need for good quality drinking water packaged under very stringent hygienic condition cannot be overemphasized. When one considers the costly effect of water-borne diseases like craw-craw, worm infections, water blindness, dysentery, diarrhoea, typhoid fever, cholera to mention but a few, it becomes paramount to go for clean (pure) water.

Without adequate clean water, one suffers dehydration and eventual death. Water provides the medium in which all biochemical reactions take place. Water also plays a major role in the “evolution of biological systems”.

Almost 80% of all hospitals in Nigeria today lack good potable water. Hence the need to remove the entire undesirable elements and pathogens it may contain through treatment.

Pure potable water is very essential for healthy living. It has no substitute.

Simple Production Processes

From the above, investment into innovative purification and packaging of colourless, odourless and tasteless, drinking water seems a very lucrative business. Already there is a rampant and most popular way of packaging water in cellophane sachets usually called pure water” and sold for N10.

Though this aspect of packaging water is simpler, cheaper and enhances easy entry and exit, and higher turnover because of the cheapness of the products, it has been observed that this has been abused by a lot of people. A more organized means of production of pure water has been found to be gradually taking over sachet type of packaging.


Apart from the fact that there is an existing market for the pure water, well purified and packaged water is exportable to Europe, Far-East, some African countries and America. Details of the companies, countries, prices and standard required will be given to prospective investors on request.

Presently, a plastic bottling can for pure water production is taking over. This is found to be more lucrative too. This is because not every type of investor can invest in it like ordinary nylon/cellophane packaging of water.

Production Plant

The plant can be set up in any part of the country. The plant consists of a water treatment plant made up of seal sedimentation, tank, filters, suction pump, alpha chambers, pressure gauge and stainless tank and time flow 700, an industrial purification system.

This machine incorporates from consecutive operations-pre-filters, activated carbon, polisher and ultraviolet sterilizer. It also has v/v designed for 30-3 L/min maximum flow rate, 60 PSIG Max pressure, 220 V/50 Hz voltage, 254-barometer wavelength lamp and 99% bacteria elimination rate.

The plant can produce 30 litres of well-purified water per minute. This implies that it can purify about 14,400 litres of water per shift of eight hours. There must be a water purity testing machine to make sure that the water is germ-free.

Finally, a Pure/bottled Water Corking Machine is needed.

Pure Water Business in Nigeria

Pure Water Business in Nigeria
Pure/bottled Water Corking Machine

Raw Materials Required

The raw materials for this project are water, plastic cans and water treatment chemicals such as Ozone, etc. All these are locally available in plastic-making companies in Nigeria. The chemicals are also available in Nigeria. The water could be obtained regularly either from borehole or natural spring water.

Production Techniques

Production techniques are very easy. It involves rust removal, filtration to produce clear, colourless, tasteless drinking water. The chemicals are added to clear any bacteria and germ-free from the water. The water is then filled in the bottle, corked and is ready for sale.

Financial Projections

Studies carried out indicated that a prospective investor must have a decent building walled and painted with a very clean environment if he must obtain the NAFDAC approval to be in business.

From studies also carried out, the project requires the sum of N3.6 million to set up sachet water producing and N9.6 million for automated bottling/sacheting plant (The cost breakdown is shown below).

The gross profit margin for the project is worked out as N9.7 million in the first year and N14.27 million in the fifth year. Projected operating costs for the first year is N1.140 million and N1.519 million in the 5th year.

When the operating costs are deducted, the investor would be recording N6.096 million in the first year and N9.030 million in the fifth year as net profits. Pure Water Business in Nigeria is a very lucrative business.

Financial Projection Small scale industry water sachets (pure water) (N’000) Bottled Table Water (N’000)
Preliminary Expenses    250 500
Plant & Machinery 1,300 15,000
Accommodation    550 1,550
Motor Vehicle 3,000 5,500
Operational Expenses 1,500 2,000
Contingencies    250 500
Total 6,850 N25, 050

The new dimension of water bottling, with 20-litre dispensers and bottle racks, is also very lucrative and can be incorporated into this project plan.

Courtesy: Uba Godwin, 08034494437, E-mail: Protection Status

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