SANBWA recognised the need to include all
classes of bottled water, not only natural bottled water,
to represent the industry as a whole.
The SANBWA standard for prepared
water is available from early 2008.
SANBWA now offers membership to bottlers
of natural water, waters defined by origin and prepared
From this the need arised to change the
name from South African Natural Bottled Water Association
to South African National Bottled Water Association.
In January 2007 SANBWA obtained
affiliation to the International Council for Bottled Water
Associations through joining the European Federation for
Bottled Water (EFBW).
For many years SANBWA has lobbied
Department of Health to bring in legislation governing
In 2006 final draft regulations were
prepared and finally passed on 28 July 2006. The industry
had been given one year implementation period.
R.718: Regulations Relating to all Bottled
Waters became effective on 28 July 2007.