What's in the Water in Your Ice Cubes?

The Water In Your Ice

Do you know the impact water has in your ice cubes?. The water you use for your ice cubes can have a significant impact. Primarily it's the contaminants in your water that can affect the quality of your ice cubes, and can potentially make your favorite beverages your least favorite

Some of the ways that water can affect the quality of ice include:

  • Hard water causes ice to be cloudy. This is because the dissolved calcium and magnesium solidify into particles during the freezing process and become trapped in the ice.
  • High total dissolved solids (TDS) can cause misshapen ice, resulting in freeze-up and/or bridging in the machine.
  • Water high in dissolved sodium can cause soft, fast melting cubes.
  • High iron can promote slime buildup inside machine and bin. This is because there are iron bacteria that feed and multiply on ferrous (dissolved) iron. A byproduct of these bacteria is slime. This slime is not only unappealing and gets onto the ice, but it can also cause corrosion.
  • Chlorine can give ice a “swimming pool” taste and odor. While some of the chlorine will gas off during the freeze process on the evaporator plate, some will become trapped in the cube. As the ice melts in the drink, the chlorine is released.
  • Organics affect taste, odor and color. Tannins, for example, result from the natural breakdown of decaying vegetation and cause yellow/brown tones. They can impart an astringent and “earthy” taste.


The friendly team at Excalibur Water Systems can help you answer these and any other questions you may have about knowing when it's time for a water softener in your homw. They are open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm


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Content Credit: Water Tech Online