Why Leaving Water Bottles in the Sun is a Bad Idea

Why Leaving Water Bottles in the Sun is a Bad Idea

We’re all familiar with the age old saying, “store in a cool, dry place”. This is particularly important for liquid consumables, but not for the superficial reasons one might imagine. While it is uncomfortable to drink from a warm bottle of water, especially on a blistering day in the South African summer, there are more malicious effects to the bottles and the water to consider, especially when leaving them out in the sun for an extended period of time. Today, we’ll explore these reasons, to get a better sense of why it’s best for you not to leave water bottles directly in the sunlight in the first place. 

Toxins Unite!

In recent years, a study done by the  University of Florida in the States has found that the plastic used in water bottles can release harmful toxins in the form of antimony and BPA if they are exposed to heat over a long period of time. If you’re storing bottles and bottles of water in your garage in an attempt to capitalise on a deal at the supermarket, or one of your family members is truly concerned about the state of tap water (you may want to invest in a water cooler if this is the case), then it’s important for you to know that you are increasing the chances of toxin ingestion tenfold in the process.

So Why Are These Toxins So Bad For Us?

All toxins are called toxins for a reason, well, because they are toxic to our bodies and overall health. Some are only harmful in large doses, while others tend to creep up on us one bit at a time. Antimony and BPA, which has garnered international attention in recent years due to extensive studies, have the ability to cause heart problems, change the hormone levels in your body and even drastically increase the chances that you will get cancer in your lifetime. Other side effects to expect: ulcers, vomiting, diarrhea and more. Not exactly what you need regardless of whether you’re working or on a much deserved summer vacation.

Why There’s No Need To Panic

Keep in mind, that the university tests on the bottles, which studied 16 different brands, ran their experiments at around seventy degree celsius, which is considerably higher than what it may reach on any given day, unless it is being stored in a location that encourages these kinds of temperatures (garages do tend to act like kiln’s in the summer). Take a second to “take stock of your stock”, and to get a sense of where you are keeping it, and how long you have kept it there for. While high temperatures increase the chances of antimony and BPA, it is worth noting that the release rate slows over time, which does provide the bottle with the chance to stabilise again. This is not a guarantee, and acts merely as a guideline. To be safe, make alternative plans regarding how and where you store any bottles of water you have recently bought.

A Water Cooler Solution May Be The Way To Go

Aquazania is leading purified water provider in South Africa, servicing clients in Johannesburg as well as beyond the walls of the province. If you’re not looking to take a chance on bottled water, and you want to be guaranteed clear, cold, fresh water each time, then chat to them about installing a permanent water solution in your home. They have options ranging from bottled to bottleless, including the AQA Slim, which has become a consumer favourite in recent years. Don’t take a chance on your own or your family’s health, and consider how much it will impact the environment if you cut back on your bottled water use in the first place. Happy healthy water drinking!