Frequently Asked Questions

Tsitsikamma Spring Water emanates from a Quartzitic Aquifer within the Table Mountain Sandstone that forms the pristine Tsitsikamma Mountain Range.  The groundwater moves through fractures in the rock and takes on the particular characteristic of the rock formations.  Water flowing through this type of parent material has a naturally low PH. 

There are as many articles on the internet claiming that an alkaline diet benefits health as there are articles claiming that it’s a myth. There is no convincing scientific evidence (published in medical journals) to demonstrate that following an alkaline diet has any correlation with your risk of medical conditions that some believe are the result of “excess acidity.”

There is no single pH that applies to the whole body. The body tightly regulates the pH of our blood and extracellular fluid, so there is no need to try and manipulate the pH of your body.

TDS is Total Dissolved Solids. Water from a natural source dissolves the minerals present in the strata of rock it filters through.

We do not add fluoride to our water.  In fact we do not add anything to Tsitsikamma Spring Water.  The Mineral Composition as depicted on our label shows the naturally occurring minerals in our spring water. The level of Fluoride in Tsitsikamma Spring Water is merely  <0.2mg/l. 

In order to comply with industry standards, the water is filtered to ensure that there are no impurities and UV treated as an extra precaution. The mineral composition is in no way altered by these safety precautions.

An eco-bottle is a bottle that is friendly to the environment.

Our eco-friendly-bottle contains 30% recycled plastic (PET).

The lightweight bottle, cap and label is 100% recyclable. The colour of our bottle (light blue), wrap around label (minimal glue) and HDPE cap (floats easily in separation process) is conducive to recycling.

Keep recycling, we’ll keep reusing.

Discarded PET bottles are collected, baled and delivered to the PET Recycling /reprocessing plant, where they are colour sorted, washed, granulated, re-washed, extruded into strips and cut into pellets.

Recycled PET can be used to make many new products, including: reusable carry bags, roof insulation, fibre for pillows, quilts, duvets, cushions, carpets, fabric for T-shirts, jeans (approximately 12 X 500ml bottles), fleece jackets, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery, industrial strapping, crates, pallets, automotive parts, walkways, furniture and new PET containers for both food and non-food products.

Biodegradable plastics can’t be used in existing recycling chains and CONTAMINATE recycling streams. It needs to be kept apart from non-biodegradable plastics. If people don’t know this and discard biodegradable plastic into plastic recycling bins it results in all that plastic (which was designated for recycling) being dumped.

If the general public think a material will just “disappear” over time, this may encourage LITTERING.

Not all, but many of the biodegradable plastics release toxic by-products when they degrade (e.g. methane) 

No. Bis-phenol A (BPA) is not used in the production of PET material, nor is it used as a chemical building block for any of the materials used in the manufacture of PET, the material from which our bottles are made.

Glass is formed under very high temperatures (2600 to 2800°F), increasing fossil fuel admission.

Unlike most water bottlers, Tsitsikamma Spring Water manufactures preforms and blows bottles onsite, massively decreasing its pre-bottling carbon footprint.

Glass bottles: Rigid & heavy = large pre-bottling footprint.  When being returned for refilling or recycling it creates a big carbon footprint.

PET bottles: Lower delivery footprint. Empty PET bottles are crushed, compacted and baled before transporting to recycling points minimising their carbon footprint.

Reusing glass requires vigorous washing & sterilizing, being of great concern in a water-stressed country.

Glass bottles are fragile and hazardous when broken.