In this article, we have collected 50 of the most profitable water business ideas. Below you will find ideas related to drinking water, bathing, water sports, water purification as well as many other possible uses of water. This topic is extremely deep (literally!) so we have described below many different water business opportunities.
MOST PROFITABLE WATER BUSINESS IDEAS
1. SELLING COLD BOTTLED WATER
This is undoubtedly one of the easiest and most profitable water business ideas. People all over the world are willing to pay a lot for a bottle of fresh cold water, especially on hot days and in places like beaches or mountains where there are no stores. Such water can even be sold from an ice cart or basket filled with ice. The profit margin on such bottled water is usually between 50% and 200%.
2. LEMONADE STAND
If you are looking for a cheap and simple idea for water based business, the production and sale of lemonade is undoubtedly one of the best. Such lemonade is something that a lot of people dream about on hot days. All you need to make lemonade is water, and lemons or any other fruit, and a little sugar, ice, or other additives.
3. ICE CUBES PROUDCTION & SALE
Making and selling ice is one of the most profitable water business ideas. The production and sale of ice cubes is characterized by a very low production cost and a high profit margin often reaching up to 40%. The most important thing is to find enough customers (stores, restaurants, bars etc.). In order to arouse more interest in your products, ice cubes can be shaped in a special way (e.g. hearts or balls).
4. WATER & DRINKS VENDING MACHINE
All people need water and drink, no matter where they are. The demand for drink will always be there where there are many people – and this creates a great opportunity for the vending machine business – a simple way to make money selling drinks through machines set up in prime locations. If you want to find more vending machine business opportunities then be sure to check out these 75 Vending Machine Business Ideas by BusinessNES.
5. SWIMMING POOL BUSINESS
All over the world, a lot of people love to bathe and swim. A small basel or a large aqua park can often attract a lot of customers and generate a really large income. However, not only having a swimming pool can be a good business idea. Building pools is also very profitable (the demand for new pools is still growing!), And pool repair and cleaning services. If there is no competition in this niche in your area, it is worth considering a business of this type.
6. OVERWATER BUNGALOWS
A house on the water is a dream for many people. Such bungalows exist in many popular tourist areas and usually attract a lot of tourists. Such an overwater bungalow can be built both on the sea and on the lake. The key to success in such a business is the appropriate advertising of such bungalows so that your offer reaches as many customers as possible.
7. FLAVORED WATER BUSINESS
Flavored water is a great idea for a profitable water-business. The main ingredient of such water is of course water (cheap so the cost of production is low), additionally in such water there is usually sugar or sweeteners and flavorings, juice concentrates etc. There is a particular demand for “healthy” flavored waters on the market.
8. FISH POND FARMING
Fish farming in ponds is a very interesting and profitable idea for a water business. There are many species of fish (e.g. cod, eel, carp, and even shrimps) that reproduce and thrive well in ponds. Fish grown in this way can be processed by yourself (e.g. smoked, frozen, served in your own restaurant, sold to other restaurants, shops and individual customers).
9. HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM WATER
Pure water consists of Hydrogen and oxygen. Thanks to modern technologies, we are able to decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen and obtain these pure elements from the water. Both pure hydrogen and oxygen have many uses and can be sold and generate a lot of money. Hydrogen is already today sometimes referred to as the fuel of the future, which will be able to generate cheap and clean energy. Pure oxygen also has many uses, incl. in medicine. In the future, the production of these elements will certainly become more and more important and will be worth a lot.
10. WATERFRONT RESORT
One of the most profitable waterfront business ideas is to build a hotel, or if you have enough capital, an entire waterfront resort. This is especially a good idea on nice big and popular seaside lakes and rivers. In such places, you can maximize profits by also selling food, drink, renting beach accessories (deck chairs, umbrellas, etc.) and selling souvenirs and offering various games and attractions for adults and children.
11. RAINWATER COLLECTION TANKS SALE & INSTALLATION
Rainwater is very valuable and can be used for many purposes, such as watering the garden. However, usually most of the water during rain soaks into the ground and disappears. However it is possible to keep this water for later using special rainwater tanks, which are installed e.g. at the gutters of houses. Such tanks are very useful and allow you to reduce costs that household consumes on water. A good idea for business can be the production of such systems and tanks and their installation and sale.
12. IRRIGATION EXPERT SERVICES
Irrigation – the proper distribution of sufficient water in agriculture – is the basis for the cultivation of many crops around the world and one of the most needed water business ideas. Many crops would not be possible without proper irrigation. The demand for such services is particularly high in places where it is dry and there is not enough rain.
13. JET SKI RENTAL AND ENTERTAINMENT
One of the most popular attractions on the water are jet skis and the possibility of water skiing, mattress riding or parachuting behind a jet ski. Such attractions usually find many takers during the season and can quickly generate a very good income.
14. SURFING, WINDSURFING OR KITESURFING RENTAL & SCHOOL
One of the best things you can do by the water is surfing or its other forms such as wind surfing or kitesurfing. These sports have a lot of fans all over the world and are associated with many business opportunities that can be used to make a lot of money. One of the best ways to make money with such boards is to rent them in the best places where you will find many people willing to try this sport. In addition, you can produce these boards, teach people how to ride them, and also organize courses, schools for children, competitions and sell accessories.
15. STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Stad up paddle board (SUP) is a great idea for water fun for children and adults. The board is a bit like surfing and can be used for sitting or lying down using a paddle or paddling with arms or legs. Renting and selling these paddle boards could be a good business idea and an attraction at resorts and beaches.
16. KAYAKS, PEDALO BOATS & LITTLE BOATS BUSINESS
Water is a great place for fun, adventure and activities. One of them is kayaking, pedal boats or small boats or mini-motorboats. Renting or selling such floating attractions can be a really good business idea, especially in places where there are a lot of vacationers and tourists, and where there are not yet rentals or sellers of such canoe boats and other floating attractions.
17. ORGANIZATION OF CRUISES
One of the most unique and exciting things you can do on the water is to sail and sail on a boat, catamaran, floating house or large cruise ship. A lot of people around the world love the water and that is why such cruises are always very popular. The idea for this type of business can be the organization of short cruises of a few hours, longer multi-day cruises, as well as boat rental, training and learning how to sail.
18. FLOATING RESTAUREANT OR CAFETERIA
Water, especially sea water, but also on large lakes and rivers has something amazing about it. Many people like to spend time in such places, it is also amazing to eat, drink and spend time with loved ones. A great business idea that can attract many customers is to open a floating restaurant or cafe. In such an amazing place every meal will taste even better!
19. PRODUCTION OF SALT FROM SEAWATER
Another water business idea is to produce salt from seawater. Seas and oceans have very salty water which is usually suitable for making salt out of it. This salt can then be sold as table salt or industrial salt and can have many different applications.
20. WATER DESALINATION
Desalination is one of the most important ways of obtaining drinking water in many countries that have limited access to drinking water and are located by the sea. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Israel already get most of their drinking water from the sea through desalination. This business is extremely prospective and has the potential to solve the water shortage problems in many countries, especially in Africa and the Middle East.
21. COMMERCIAL FISHING
Fishing is one of the oldest water businesses in human history. Catching fish, but also crabs, shrimp, octopus, squid and other seafood can be a very profitable business. It is, however, crucial that you meet all the laws and requirements to ensure that such business is conducted in accordance with existing regulations.
22. WATER POWER PLANT
Water is in constant motion, and this motion is a great driving force that can generate electricity. Water, especially when it moves with great power, can generate a lot of green, clean energy. In the old days mills were built on the water, and today hydroelectric power stations are being built, generating sometimes large amounts of electricity. Although this is usually an expensive investment, it can be very profitable.
23. FOUNTAINS CONSTRUCTION AND SALE
Water can also be a very attractive decorative element and beautify public spaces, parks or gardens.People have loved fountains for thousands of years and they still have many enthusiasts today. The construction and sale of fountains can be a really attractive idea for a water business. The success of such a business depends primarily on whether you have a lot of competition in the area, how well you advertise your fountains and how good they are. Mini fountains can also be a great interior decoration of homes, hotels and restaurants.
24. AQUARIUM FISHKEEPING BUSINESS
Very many people around the world keep fish in aquariums. Such fish are also often an interesting decoration in hotels, restaurants, cafes and other places. Keeping and selling aquarium fish can be a scalable business idea. The key to success is breeding fish (or other aquarium animals like shrimp etc.) that are in high demand and are worth a lot.
25. BOXED WATER
An interesting idea to sell plain water can be to wrap it in a box or something special to give it a unique character. Although it may seem strange, people often like to buy such ordinary things served in a unique form.
26. FISH FARMING (E.G. IN FLOATING CAGES)
From many years it is also possible to raise fish in cages, some kind of pool, farm or in fenced areas in the sea or ponds. Raised fish can be sold directly to restaurants, stores or to individual customers. An example of such a fish farm can be seen, for example, in this YouTube video.
27. WATER SUPPLY BUSINESS
Many people and businesses need supplies of large amounts of water. Depending on the needs, drinking water is needed (e.g. water for drinking water machines or water for refilling the drinking water tank on yachts). Often water similar to tap water is also delivered to campervans or to places where there is a shortage of tap water. Water distribution by truck is also a mainstay of water delivery in many Middle Eastern countries where drinking water is scarce.
28. WATER PURIFICATION
Water purification is an important field full of business opportunities. There are many ways of water purification such as chlorination, filters, and solar disinfection among others. Storing water in safe containers is another important element related to this field. These and other elements of water purification can be a great idea for a profitable business.
29. WELL DRILLING
People all over the world need water – but often there is no good source, so a new source of water must be created. The solution to such a problem is usually well drilling, or drilling a special hole in the ground that is deep enough to extract good quality water from. Such water intakes are necessary in a great many areas, especially in agriculture, villages and places without access to water. Factories or shopping malls often also need their own water well.
30. HYDRAULICS & PLUMBING
Plumbing and plumbing are other areas where water is a very important component. Every home and building needs properly functioning plumbing. Services in this area can provide ideas for many very profitable businesses such as plumbing construction, plumbing installation and repair and many more.
31. WATER TREATMENT TABLETS & FILTERS
Water purification using filters or tablets is another type of water business ideas that has great potential. Such filters are needed in every home around the world to provide quality drinking and clean water. Water purification tablets, on the other hand, are something useful in survival, military, something everyone should have in case of emergency, and also useful in poor countries and places without access to clean water.
32. FLOATING WATER PARK (LAKE, SEA, ETC.)
An interesting business idea by the water is to create a mini water park. Such a water park can consist of inflatable slides, inflatable mattresses, and many other floating attractions. This is a particularly good business idea in the most popular tourist destinations.
33. DIVING BUSINESSES
Diving is one of the most exciting water business ideas. Especially tourists like to dive in places with beautiful and clear water. The most popular ideas for this type of business are mainly renting diving equipment, organizing diving courses and diving schools, organizing diving cruises and diving with an instructor. A diving accessories store can also be a great business idea.
34. LUXURY EXPENSIVE WATER
Sometimes, in order to feel better and raise their economic and social status, people like to buy luxury products that are not really worth the price. This is also the case with some luxury mineral waters, glacier waters or other exceptional waters. The production of such water is undoubtedly an interesting way to make a very large profit margin. Social media will be necessary to promote such water brand.
35. HUMIDIFIERS PRODUCTION & SALE
Too dry air is a problem for many people around the world. For various reasons, including health, many people need to increase the humidity in their home or workplace and need a humidifier for this (Amazon link). There are already many such humidifiers on the market, but it can also be a good business idea to manufacture and sell your own humidifier model.
36. ALKALINE WATER SALE & PRODUCTION
Alkaline water is water that has higher pH levels than regular water. Many people consider it better and healthier, so selling and producing such water is another interesting business idea. To attract many customers it is worthwhile to advertise such water properly and use interesting marketing methods.
37. WATERPOWERED GADGETS LIKE FLYBOARD
New technologies allow for new unique ways to enjoy water. One such innovation is the flyboard that allows you to fly over water. This is a great attraction that can be a great business in the most popular tourist destinations.
38. THERAPEUTIC BATHS & WATER MASSAGES
Water and bathing are also an important part of many therapies and not a bad way to relax and rest. Business ideas for this type of business could be spas offering such healing baths, small businesses with healing baths or jaccuzi with healing water, offering salt water baths and other healing substances, or even selling such supplements or healing bath salts or healthy mud, for example.
39. PORT CONSTRUCTION
Another of the best water business ideas is to build and develop a port on a lake, sea or river. Such ports can make huge money. The bigger the port, the more people and yachts or boats it attracts, the more money they will generate. Such a port is a very scalable business idea that can be developed gradually. First you can build a small pier, a hotel, beach restaurants and a berth for a few boats and then over time you can expand the harbor and build many buildings and stores around the harbor.
40. WATER PUMPING SERVICES
Water pumping is needed in many areas. This happens most often with flooding, floods, and the needs of businesses such as swimming pools ponds and aqua parks. Business ideas can range from offering water pumping and repumping services to selling pumping systems and consulting and installing water pumping systems.
41. BOATS & YACHTS PRODUCTION OR RENTAL
Yachts and boats are a very important large and profitable niche in water related business. A whole lot of people in the world love boating and sailing and would like to buy a new or used yacht, boat, powerboats and other attractive floating vessels. Business ideas in this area can include not only the manufacture and sale of boats, but also sales brokerage, consulting, custom research and the sale of boating accessories.
42. FISHING SHOP
Nearly every major body of water attracts fishing enthusiasts. If there are a lot of anglers in a particular location, you may want to consider opening a fishing store. The sale of baits, hooks, rods, and many other angling accessories can generate really good profits depending on the traffic in the place.
43. WASTEWATER TREATMENT
Wastewater treatment is essential in any place where a large number of people live. The demand for such services creates many business opportunities. Examples of such businesses include the construction of wastewater treatment plants, maintenance services, management and upgrading services and many others which can be very profitable full-scale business ideas. In recent years, mini wastewater treatment plants have also become very popular, which can also be a very good business idea.
44. WATER DISPENSERS FOR DOGS & PETS
All animals need to drink water. With the development of modern solutions and technology, there are new ways to give water to our pets. An example of such devices is such as this dog water dispenser (available on Amazon), from which the dog himself drinks whenever he wants. Selling and manufacturing this kind of items can be a great idea for a small or medium business.
45. MAN-MADE RAIN & CLOUDS
Although it may seem like science fiction, research into perfecting the creation of artificial clouds has been going on for years. There are already some ways to create such clouds (for example here you can watch on YouTube how NASA creates artificial rain clouds). Such artificial rain clouds are potentially a very valuable invention for countries where water is scarce or where it is too hot. Artificial rain clouds can help farmers during droughts and also give some cooling to people during hot weather.
46. WATER HEATING INSTALLATIONS
Hot water is essential in every home. There are many systems to heat water. The business idea can be to manufacture, sell, service, install and repair them. Mass-produced hot water from a factory can also be a profitable business.
47. SOLAR WATER HEATING
Many people and businesses want to save money and opt for water heating installation. These are great solutions in areas with lots of sun. Installing, selling, servicing and advising on such systems can be a very profitable business idea. Solar water heaters manufacturing and production of hot water and energy can also be a very good business opportunity.
48. WATER SPORTS
Water has also a great potential in terms of sports. You can organize sports tournaments, schools, aerobics, fitness, water acrobatics and many more. Examples of water sports include water polo, rafting and biking.
49. ICE SCULPTURE BUSINESS
Creating and selling ice sculptures is also a great idea for a water business. Such sculptures are especially needed for events, as a decorative element for hotels, restaurants and conferences, as well as an accessory for parties, birthdays or as a decoration for winter. What is important, ice sculpture is relatively cheap to produce, it only requires a skilled sculptor (or a suitable machine that will carve such sculptures.
50. WATER ACCESSORIES SALE & PRODUCTION
There are a whole lot of accessories and items for drinking and storing water. Among them such special water bottles (available on Amazon), water jugs, water and fruit bottles, thermoses and many others. These and other items can be a really good business idea – you can produce and sell them for example.
Other water business ideas:
- Underwater hotels
- Water transportation services (ferry, cargo etc.)
Read also: TOP 50 Most Profitable Lake Business Ideas
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