St. James Premium Water comes in distinctive heavy bottles of 400ml and 600ml sizes, packed in tight LDPE shrink plastic to protect its integrity and allow for the final external sterilization of the bottles prior to shipping. Virtually every bottle’s external surface is subjected to a momentary flash of high heat to disinfect any surface contaminants that may result in any bacterial growth or contamination on the outside surface of the bottle. This way, even trace amounts of moisture seeping into the tiny crevices of the cap’s outer edge are flash-sterilized at the same time the bottles are shrink-wrapped.
Our cases are deliberately set at 15 bottles on 400ml and 12 bottles on 600ml sizes for convenience handling and stacking. The thick plastic shrink material provides shielding from U.V. light. Unlike cardboard boxes, shrink packing does not allow moisture absorption and contamination from solvents and chemicals.
Because only 100% virgin plastic is used in all packaging, discarded bottles, caps, and labels can be readily recycled by other companies to make other bottles and products. St. James only uses “Recycling Symbol 1” PET plastic, signifying top pharmaceutical grade plastic for its bottles. We do not use raw materials sourced from questionable manufacturers or countries known to have unreliable food product standards.
How St. James is Made
Deep Subterranean Sourcing St. James sources its water from deep artesian wells layered by limestone filtering rock at a minimum depth of 60 meters, significantly beyond the normal depth characteristic of most water sources. These deep underground sources provide added natural filtration of surface water from above, and natural spring water supply from underground sources. But more importantly, the depth of tapping assures a water source that is buffered from surface pollutants and chemical runoff. Water from deep underground sourcing have a significantly low incipient TDS value, vis-à-vis typical municipal water sources.
Multi-phase Series Filtration
State-of-the-art filters designed appropriately for the efficient, systematic removal of dissolved solids are staged from the deep underground source all the way to the NSF, food-grade Stainless Steel automatic filling vats. In all, the source water undergoes a 40-step process, beginning with a 3-layer anthracite pre-filter system. Pre-filtered water is staged and pumped through a series of water softening systems consisting of several layers of ion exchangers, magnesium, silica, carbon, and sand filtration systems prior to the secondary staging storage tanks.
Ultra High Pressure Reverse Osmosis Systems
There are three separate Reverse Osmosis systems in the closed-loop treatment area for St. James. Soft water from the secondary staging tanks are initially pumped at very high pressure (3 times conventional R.O. systems) through a series of ceramic filters before tertiary stage storage. At this stage of filtration, water is typically at 4-7 TDS. The water is once again pumped at very high pressure through another series of ceramic filters with filtration ratings ranging from 0.5 microns to 0.01 microns. These filters have pores so small they will filter out virus molecules. The resulting water coming out of the UHP Reverse Osmosis System has a consistent TDS of less than 1 part-per-million, practically distilled-quality water.
Post Filtering Membranes
Stored product water is pumped through many stages of post-process filters to condition the water for polishing. The post filtering systems provide an additional measure of quality and allows the polishing filters to function more efficiently. In all, there are six post filtering membranes.
Water polishing is as much an art as it is a science. The St. James method for polishing assures the chemical purity of product water while consistently delivering its famous “sweet” taste. With just the right balance of coconut-shell carbon filtration, at critical stages of the process, St. James comes to you with the highest quality water can possibly be.
All product water is passed through an industrial-level ultraviolet light sterlization system assuring a bacteria kill-rate of 99.99999%. St. James water is virtually distilled and sterile after the filtration process.
Food-Grade 100% Virgin PET
Only the highest quality PET resin is used to manufacture the proprietary bottles and closures of St. James. All materials used to manufacture the bottles and closures are only first-process PET, assuring that there is no leaching of any chemical components from the containers to the product water. St. James bottles are made much thicker and heavier than conventional bottled water brands to maximize material and structural stability over a range of conditions that may affect the product after it has left our facility. The distinctive black caps are compression molded and marked assuring product integrity. Each bottle is LASER etched with the expiration date and traceability information.
THE FILLING PROCESS
Each bottle is sterilized and rinsed automatically prior to filling. All caps are placed and torqued to a particular specification to completely seal as well as maintain the cap integrity during a completely automated process. No human hands touch the bottles, caps, or the products once these have entered the cleanroom filling area. The LDPE Shrink process for packaging the bottles into packs further sterilizes the outside surfaces of each bottle after an initial flash of steam over each bottle surface after bottle sealing. Each bottle is virtually bacteria-free inside and outside after the filling process.