Outselling carbonated soft drinks by volume for the first time in history, bottled water has become the number one packaged beverage in the United States. Because having a large variety of bottled water options can be confusing, we have provided answers to spring water FAQ’s that we receive from our customers and other online users.
What is spring water?
According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), “spring water is water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location.” To bottle the spring water and label it as “spring,” bottling facilities must meet rigorous standards and controls set forth by the FDA.
Can spring water expire?
The FDA, which regulates bottled water as a packaged food, has determined that there is no shelf life for bottled water and therefore does not require an expiration date on these products. However, “The Water Guy”TM provides a ‘best by date’ on our bottled water which is always one year after the bottling date.
How long can spring water last?
As discussed in number two, the FDA has no established shelf life for bottled water. Water is bottled in a sanitary sealed container under good manufacturing practices and does not contain substances (sugars and proteins) typically associated with food spoilage allowing it to be stored for an extended period of time without concern.
It is imperative that spring water is stored properly to ensure its quality and freshness. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) advises consumers “to store bottled water at room temperature or cooler, out of direct sunlight and away from solvent and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinners, household cleaners and dry chemicals.”
How is spring water good for you?
In theory, drinking any type of water is healthy. Drinking water aids in food digestion, maintaining weight, glowing skin, decreases joint and muscle pain, regulates body temperature and keeps you hydrated. The type of water you choose to drink is based on your taste preference and accessibility.
Can spring water be used in place of distilled water?
It is not recommended to use spring water in place of distilled water when a manufacturer suggests distilled water be used in its device. Distilled water is made by boiling water and collecting the steam as it condenses. Distillation boils away impurities and all mineral content while capturing only H2O, resulting in water that is in its purest chemical form. Distilled water is suggested for small appliances because there will not be any mineral build up or spotting, due to distilled water lacking minerals.