What Exactly is the Expiry Date on Water Bottles For?

What Exactly is the Expiry Date on Water Bottles For?

We’ve all pondered the question, be it while being on a road trip to the coast over a December holiday, or after finishing a workout and spotting an all-too-familiar date, similar to the one today, etched onto the side of the water bottle. Surely, your water can’t have expired, can it? Is there a cause for concern, and does water actually have an expiry date? Let’s explore these questions, in order to provide clarity and peace of mind about what you’re consuming, while also taking a look at an environmentally friendlier option you can explore, in order to get fresh, safe water with each glass.

Does Water Actually Have An Expiry Date?

The short answer is absolutely not. Similar to sugar and salt, water does not have an expiry date and you should not worry about it “going off” as you may be concerned about meat, bread or milk reaching its sell by date. So the next time you’re tasting water, and worrying that it might be past its sell by date, you should dig a little deeper to find the cause of the strange taste. Blaming the expiration date is not the way to go, as it is simply an indicator of manufacturing details, with a rough estimate as to the date and location of production.

Why Bottles Have Expiry Dates In The First Place

There are multiple reasons why water and soft drink bottles come with an expiration date. The primary reason is related to governments and their laws around consumable food products being required to display expiration dates, in order for them to be allowed to be sold in the first place. Water remains a consumable, and because of this, it is required to follow all rules and regulations attached to it, similarly to other products. 

If Water Isn’t a Worry, The Plastic Should Be

Having said this, it’s important to keep in mind that plastic, which most water gets bottled in, does have an expiration date and it is not good for your health to keep reusing the same bottle over and over again. Eventually, with enough use, chemicals can start to seep into the water, which doesn’t automatically make it undrinkable, but it does reduce its marketability as “spring fresh provided from the depths of the earth’s surface” (a line used by many bottled water suppliers). Here’s the kicker: if you call to complain about the taste of water you’ve bought, and the product is past its expiry date, the manufacturer is likely to use the expiry date as a reason for the taste, in effect blaming you for not consuming it with good time, when in fact it is likely another problem altogether. Be mindful of this before you pick up the phone and expect to be given a more viable answer.

Exploring The Alternatives

While there is no need to worry about water expiring, you should be worried about using the same bottle over and over, as many people do to cut costs. There is an alternative to explore, in the form of bottled water from Aquazania, which is affordable enough for you to replace while not impacting your pockets too deeply. Alternatively, they also provide incredible water coolers that plug directly into the main line at home, ensuring you get purified fresh water with each glass. It’s never a good idea to bank on the same bottle time and time again, but with a permanent water cooler installed at home or at the office, you’re guaranteed water that is 99% purified each time. Skip the expiry date and reduce your plastic use, so contact them to hear more about their dynamic product range.