No bottled water shall contain substances or emit radioactivity in quantities that may be injurious to the health of the consumer.

Bottled water shall not contain the elements listed in column I in quantities greater than those indicated in column II, but for enforcement purposes in accordance with these regulations, bottled water containing elements in column I in quantities greater than the acceptable range in column III of the table below shall be deemed contaminated or injurious to health when tested in accordance with the methods prescribed in Methods of Analysis and Sampling (Volume 13) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission or corresponding methods as prescribed in SANS 1862:2003 and SANS 1657:2003.

  • At all stages of production, from the source through to marketing, bottled water shall conform to the microbiological requirements for bottled water as set out in the Regulations Governing Microbiological Standards for Foodstuffs and Related Matters promulgated under the Act.

  • Prior to use, bottled water shall be packed in hermetically sealed, sanitised containers suitable for preventing any adulteration or contamination.

  • The following constituents and chemical characteristics should be declared (in mg/l) on the label in the order provided below;

Calcium

as Ca

Magnesium

as Mg

Sodium

as Na

Potassium

as K

Chloride

as Cl

Sulphate

as SO4

Alkalinity

as CaCO3

Nitrate

as N

Fluoride

as F

In addition, the amount of total dissolved solids and the pH should be declared.

For prepared waters ‑

Iron

as Fe, and

Aluminium

as Al, should also be declared.

  • Notwithstanding the provisions stipulated above, bottled water shall be labelled in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations Governing the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs promulgated under the Act.

  • Bottled water containing more than 1 mg/l fluoride shall have the expression “contains fluoride” affixed in close proximity to the name of the water or in a prominent place on the label. If it contains more than 2 mg/l fluoride, the expression “this product is not suitable for infants and children under the age of seven years” shall be affixed in close proximity to the name of the water or in a prominent place on the label.