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December 16, 2015

What Causes White Flakes in Bottled Water?

On the surface, water appears to be quite simple. It’s clear, colorless and odorless. However, there’s much more to water than meets the eye. In fact, water is made of millions of molecules, H2O molecules to be precise.

You may recall learning about some of water’s unique properties in science class, including its unique ability to transform into a liquid, solid and gas. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and turns into its solid form, ice.

Water is also called the “universal solvent” because it can dissolve more substances than any other liquid, and as such may contain minerals and nutrients. Our all-natural spring water actually contains valuable minerals, including calcium. These naturally occurring minerals are what give our spring water its great taste.

Sometimes during colder months when water freezes, rapid changes in temperature can cause the calcium minerals to separate from the water, bond together and precipitate, or turn into a solid form. When the water thaws, the calcium stays in its solid form and may appear as white pieces or flakes floating in the water. If you’ve ever encountered this phenomenon, you’ve experienced science in action.

We can assure you all of our bottled water products meet and exceed federal and state health standards, and are tested hourly to verify they are of extremely high quality. So, if you see white particles floating in your favorite bottle of all-natural Absopure spring water, don’t be alarmed. The white flakes are actually naturally occurring calcium particles.

If you have any questions or concerns about the quality of our water, please reference our water quality report, or send us an email.

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