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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is SANBWA and what are its objectives? SANBWA is an organisation of water bottling companies that adheres to a set of stringent standards to ensure that consumers can enjoy safe, sustainable bottled water of the highest quality. Formed in 1997 as a standards setting and representative body as a not-for-profit organisation, it is committed to working with its members to promote the image and reputation of bottled water through adherence to global benchmarked standards. At the same time, it works with its members to continuously improve and conserve their water sources, which are predominantly groundwater sources, and reduce the...
Prioritising protection of the SA’s water sources – SANBWA

Prioritising protection of the SA’s water sources – SANBWA

There’s good news for South Africans this World Water Monitoring Day (September 18) – SANBWA continues to prioritise the protection of the country’s water sources. The primary objective of World Water Monitoring Day is to educate and involve citizens in the protection of the world's water resources. SANBWA (or South African National Bottled Water Association) published its 4th version of its world-leading Bottled Water Standard earlier this year, and in it again demands the highest standards of its members. The 1st version of the Standard was published over 21 years ago after SANBWA was formed in 1997 and its 3rd...
Give South Africa’s tourism economy a fighting chance – clean up & recycle

Give South Africa’s tourism economy a fighting chance – clean up & recycle

As countries open their borders and international flights resume, South Africans can help give their tourism economy a fighting chance at rebounding quickly to pre-Covid levels by cleaning up and recycling. That’s the message from South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) CEO, Charlotte Metcalf, this Clean Up & Recycle SA Week (September 13 – 18). Metcalf referenced a recently published paper titled ‘Message in a bottle: Assessing the sources and origins of beach litter to tackle marine pollution’ (Peter G. Ryan1, Eleanor A. Weideman1, Vonica Perold1, Greg Hofmeyr2, 3, Maëlle Connan3). In it, the authors argued that, from an...
SANBWA continues to protect water sources with 4th version of SANBWA Bottled Water Standard

SANBWA continues to protect water sources with 4th version of SANBWA Bottled Water Standard

The South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA) continues to prioritise protection of the country’s water sources in the just-launched 4th version of its world-leading Bottled Water Standard. The 1st version of the Standard was published over 21 years ago after SANBWA was formed in 1997 and its 3rd version was the first worldwide to include requirements for water source control and environmental stewardship. A single standard covering legal, hygiene, food safety and quality, and environmental requirements, the SANBWA Bottled Water Standard continues to benchmark favourably against international standards and: ensures legal compliance is fully auditable so that a single...
Ensure your bottled water is from a sustainable source, look for the SANBWA logo on the label

Ensure your bottled water is from a sustainable source, look for the SANBWA logo on the label

This World Water Day (March 22) one of the questions you might ask yourself is ‘How do I ensure I only drink water bottled from sustainable sources?' The answer would be to look for the SANBWA logo on the label. SANBWA - the South Africa National Bottled Water Association - was formed in 1997 as a self-regulatory and standards setting body by a group of bottlers. In consultation with the South African Government, retailers and water quality and safety standards, it published the SANBWA Bottled Water Standard shortly thereafter. While this and subsequent versions benchmarked favourably with similar global standards,...