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Need detailed project report to set up a small mineral water plant


Need detailed project report to set up a small mineral water plant.


Name of Author: 
Harshbardhan Singh

4. Details for starting a mineral water plant


I am planning to start a small mineral water plant in my village. I have the required land available. Please help me with the details of machinery required and its costing for a 500LPH-1000LPH plant.

3. Need info to start packaged drinking water plant in TN


I want start a packaged drinking water plant in Tamil Nadu. Need information regarding this.

2. Note on setting mineral water plant and related links

Dear Harshbardhan,

Thanks for writing in. You can go through this link for a detailed information and a note below on setting up mineral water plant by expert Vijay.

1) You need to assess the current demand and supply of packaged drinking water. Number of current players in the market. Market size, market price, service expectations etc.

2) After assessing the potential identify a land to set up the water plant. Ensure that the land is away from highways, and little bit away public water distribution, agriculture canal, and not surrounded by much of house dwellings.

3) An area of about 10,000 Sq.ft. is sufficient. Before purchasing the land try to assess the under ground water source with help of experts for Water Board, or you may get in touch Geological Dept to know the water source and its yield. If possible try to draw water from the land if it has a bore, if not take 1 liter bottle of water from a borewell nearby to the land and conduct a water test. Lower the TDS better is the water, there are other parameters too which are very vital. So conduct a detailed water test.

4) If the land is in a village panchayat, you must obtain NOC from the panchayat head. Getting NOC from panchayat is easier than the Muncipal or Corporation.

5) Identify a consultant who can install the machinery as a turn key project. The cost of the project depends on the plant capacity. It is based on LPH (Liters per Hour). To start with you may go with 3000 LPH or 4000 LPH. If you feel that market is bigger you may go for larger production capacity and if you feel your market is within the island then you even go for 2000 LPH, but going for smaller units has its disadvantages too, further expansion will be costlier. The cost difference between 2000 LPH and 3000 LPH is not vast though.

6) Ensure that your plant vendor does all the necessary approvals such as ISI/BIS certification etc. Setting up of micro biology and chemical labs. Most of the vendors do it as a complete package. You may register as SSI unit either as a sole proprietor or partnership.

7) You need to sit with civil engineer and the vendor to decide on the building construction. The building construction has a lot of technical specifications to be adhered strictly. You may need to construct at least 3000 Sq Ft. building for the entire plant. After finalising the building structure, you may get your blue print ready for the building and get it approved from local authority and simultaneously apply for EB connection. You may need approx 25 HP to 30HP power load for 3000 LPH.

8) Negotiate the price of the machinery with your vendor and consider other costs of building construction and prepare a detailed business plan and know your break even. Talk to you local bank for a loan. Banks do provide loans for drinking water projects. It can be either availed by offering collateral security or if you do not have collateral you can apply with CGTMSME schemes. However you may need at least 15% to 20% as your margin money towards the business.

9) After approval of bank loan you can start your building construction and get your temporary EB connection and get your bore well done. Stick to the building plan as discussed with the vendor, deviations will be a problem later.

10) After the construction if over, the vendor shall install the machinery and apply ISI certification before you start commercial production. The entire process would take between 6 to 8 months.

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Hope you find the information useful.


Sumathi Sivam

India Water Portal Team

1. Details to start packaged drinking water plant

Hello Harshbardhan Singh,

Setting up a packaged drinking water plant will take 6 to 8 months’ time to be very practical.

  • First you need to identify a land to set up the water plant. At least >5,000- 8 000 sq ft of land is required; more than 8,000 sq ft is advantageous. Water is going to be your raw material. So before purchasing the land ensure it has enough ground water source. If possible collect water from bore well from that place if not from a near by borewell in that locality and do a water test to check the TDS level. If the TDS level or water source is unsatisfactory avoid that land. You should then identify a vendor who can install the RO plant as a turnkey project.
  • Next you should approach your panchayat, or local governing body to get a no objection certificate (NOC) to do water business in the area. Prefer a village where you can get the NOC without much trouble. Then you have to take ground water Abstraction clearance from Centra Groundwater Board (CGWB)
  • Next get the building plan approval from the local authority. You may need a building of 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft constructed building.
  • You should approach EB department, you may require 3 phase electricity with at least 30HP capacity. (It also depends on the plant capacity). You only need a temporary connection at the time of construction of building; you may need the permanent connection for the plant operation.
  • After getting NOC, building approval, EB connection, you need to identify your civil engineer. You need to discuss with your RO plant vendor and engineer to discuss the plant layout.
  • The plant must comply to ISO standards so detailed discussion is required.
  • You may start making the borewell and at least 2 inch of water supply of pressure is required.
  • You can make the construction economical by avoiding RC ceiling and can opt for GI sheet roofing and make a false ceiling. The plant requires a biological lab and a chemical lab.
  • You will need to employ a microbiologist to operate the plant.
  • Construction time depends on your engineer, it can done within 4 to 5 months, the installation of machine can be done in a month, and then apply for BIS clearance, which will take 8 to 10 months as said in the beginning.

Now, coming to cost.

  • The cost of the plant depends on plant capacity, it is based on LPH (Liters per Hour), to start with you may go 3000 LPH, or if your market potential is higher and you have good networking then you may go for 5,000 or higher.
  • I would suggest you start with 3,000 LPH or 4,000 LPH and you can later expand your capacity. The cost depends on other factors, configuring the entire plant, whether you are using SS fabricated or FRP materials, FRP is little lower than SS tanks.
  • The price varies on what type membrane you are using and the kind of water pumps. If you are using Grundfos pumps then the price can be little higher, and also depends on whether you are going for manual or automatic filling, PET blowing, pouch making etc. So price cannot be said without knowing the plant capacity, filling type etc.
  • Banks give loans for packaged drinking water business.

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