Environmental Health

Bottled Water

The Bottled Water Project reviews, inspects, and certifies potable water bottling plants and bulk bottled water hauler businesses.



Apply or Renew a Certification
1. Ensure each product falls under the definition of Bottled Water

The FDA describes bottled water as water that’s intended for human consumption and sealed in bottles or other containers with no added ingredients, except that it may contain safe and suitable antimicrobial agents. Fluoride may also be added within the limits set by the FDA.

Submit the Bottled Water Establishment Application if your business is filling or hauling any of the following product types for wholesale distribution:


  • Artesian Water
  • Ground Water
  • Well Water
  • Spring Water
  • Sterilized Water
  • Purified Water
  • Mineral Water
  • Sparkling Water*

*Sparkling Water definition: after treatment and possible replacement of carbon dioxide, contains the same amount of carbon dioxide from the source that it had at emergence from the source. 

2. Complete form F-5: Application for Certification to Sell Bottled Water or Bulk Water

All sections of the application are required. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Handwritten applications are not accepted.

Download Application Form F-5

Instructions for completing the application are available online.

See the F-5 Application Instructions

3. Collect required attachments

All attachments must be in English or accompanied by an English translation.

For each Source:

  1. Analysis Report and Cover Form (Public Community Water System may alternatively submit a Water Quality Report)

  2. Letter of certification from the regulatory agency verifying the source supply and facility has been inspected and is approved, and ground water supplies have been evaluated for surface water influences under criteria equivalent to those established under N.J.A.C. 8:21-5.3(b)

  3. Microscopic Particulate Analysis OR Hydrogeological Evaluation (New Well or Spring only)

For each Product Type: Submit a separate water analysis report. Each analysis report must be accompanied by a completed Water Analysis form.

Bottler Facilities Submit Labels: If you checked Bottler at the top of the application, submit a complete product label for each brand and container size.

4. Pay Online

Submit an electronic payment and receive a payment confirmation email.

8:21-5.16 Certification fees

(a) The Department shall collect from each applicant a certification fee in the following amount:

  1. For an initial certification application, $1,000 for each source of supply; and
  2. For an annual renewal application, $650.00 for each source of supply.

Submit an electronic payment

5. Send your application via email

Send your completed application, required attachments, and payment confirmation number via email to bottled.water@doh.nj.gov

If the application and attachments are too large for a single email, send a message to bottled.water@doh.nj.gov and request a file-sharing link.

Email the Bottled Water Project



Rules and Regulations
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Last Reviewed: 4/19/2024