Monday, January 26, 2009

Expiration

This morning I was crawling along the highway in stop and go traffic. It began snowing last night and continued into the rush hour commute. The roads weren’t that bad but the wind and the snow were causing blizzard like condition along parts of the interstate.

My coffee was gone so I reached for my bottle of water. Glancing at the bottle, I noticed it was “pure artesian spring water” that was “bottled at the source”.

I also noticed it would expire on 12/02/10. That raised a question I have been trying to answer all day – what causes pure artesian spring water to expire? Only thing I’ve been able to come up with is – evaporation.

12 Comments:

Anonymous DOR said...

hahaha

7:40 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I think the word is "bacteria" in the water. Just a guess....

7:43 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

I would agree with Lucy. Bacteria maybe sets in!

8:16 PM  
Blogger Lanny said...

Not to mention the plastic that leaches into the water from said bottle probable at that time reaches critical state and you could turn into a girl with the contents of the one bottle.

But I am not an alarmist, I just spread the alarm.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Shady Gardener said...

I'd say it's the plastic bottle that's leached. Especially if its been sitting in your car where it's been heated and cooled (or frozen!)very often...
I had some tomato juice in a plastic bottle on the shelf for year and it turned dark. I called the grocery store. They advised to dump it.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I don't hace a clue why it should 'expire'
I don[t see how bacteria can form in something 'pure' and it seems that if plastic were going to 'leach' it would begin to do it as soon as the water was added.
I think we need to Google this.
Oncve when I was traveling I saw a bottle pure spring of water in a Canadian store, read the label and found it had a horrendous amount of sodium. Not so pure after all!

8:55 PM  
Blogger bobbie said...

Definitely the plastic. Gotta get yourself a metal bottle. Nothing wrong with water - just what we humans do to it.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

A wise man once told me the proper way to dispose of an aluminum can while in a boat. Drink the water and do that.
It's approved by the Sierra Club. :)

8:34 AM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

Answer: None of the above.

The reason it "expires" is so that you will hurry up and drink it and go buy some more. Sometime $$$ comes in disguises. Like 'expiration dates.'

When I was a kid, I used to drink artesian water straight out of a big 8" pipe that was stuck in the in the middle of the desert. Glug-glug-glug. We drank and drank. There were always animal footprints on the edges of the pond that formed under the pipe. The Apache Indians used that spring/pond for millenia.

And after you drank the water and found a shady spot to rest a minute, you could hear the Spirit of the Apaches galloping across the desert...

Oops. Got carried away.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Nine chances out of ten it started out as tap water and you know how that goes. lol

5:02 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Houston bottles their water and sells it as 'pure' water it is soooooo good (tests that way). They don't let anyone swim in the lake (Lake Houston) but do allow water skiing. I am sure there are a couple of germs.

I see I missed a few of your funnies, let's don't stay away so long again, huh.
..
I did have an idea. Those workers at the bottling plant eat peanuts and spit the nasties out. A few could get into the water and so after a year or so the Salmonella count gets pretty high by growth.
;-)
..

7:48 PM  
Blogger nora said...

I'm going with Paul's theory: The reason it "expires" is so that you will hurry up and drink it and go buy some more. Sometime $$$ comes in disguises. Like 'expiration dates.'

Expiration dates keep us in business -- lots of food gets donated when it get close to the sell by date. I keep staying up until midnight to see my milk go sour, but it never happens.

9:00 AM  

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