Clap. Clap. Clap… Hello and welcome to our new blog. Here’s where you’ll find the latest & greatest news on everything about Spirit of Drini – from cool product/service updates to interviews with employees (yes, there are wildly interesting people running around here starting with me of course).

What is Spirit of Drini you ask? Spirit of Drini is a new, fresh and distinctive brand of mineral water. Our natural mineral water from the legendary high mountain spring
 Drini I Bardhe in the Dinaric Mediterranean Alps ranks among the finest waters in the world – thanks to its purity and outstanding quality.

Now you may not have heard of Spirit of Drini yet, which is totally cool, you will hear a lot from and about us very soon. A mere 18 months ago none of us had the slightest clue we would be where we are today, there was no factory or company and many of the key people had not even met yet. So you are probably wondering what exactly did happen in those 18 months? Well, we will share many interesting stories about that, and what the future holds on this blog very soon. So stay tuned!

In addition to company news you’ll find tons of great posts about water (shocking I know), hydration tips, tips how to save water, we’ll discuss health & fitness tips and cool recipes as well as sustainability and environmental responsibility at Spirit of Drini. You’ll learn more about the progress of our own foundation and the charities we will support as we grow and continue our mission to solve the global water crisis, sip by sip.

Along the way, we’ll try to make this blog a touch more interesting to read than your refrigerator’s user manual. Promise!

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Until next time friends…

Prof. Egbert Schnuse Dipl. Ing., MBA., M.Sc.
78315 Radolfzell – Germany

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Product and Environmental Analysis
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Expert Opinion

Visible, white, crystalline mineral precipitations in Mineral Water filled in Glass and Polyethylenterephthalat (PET) bottles of different sizes.

Bottler: DRINI I BARDHE Sh.p.k
Str. Peja – Novoselle
30000 Peja – Novoselle
Republic of Kosovo



The company DRINI I BARDHE the manufacturer fills since 2015 natural mineral water directly from the source “DRINI I BARDHE “ in 30000 Peja – Radac , Republic of Kosovo in Glass and PET bottles of various sizes.

The company is HACCP accredited.

The mineral water SPIRIT OF DRINI is subject to ongoing controls from:

In some Glass and PET bottles of different sizes are claimed by customers and consumers visible white crystalline particles, particle size 0,2 – 0,7 mm, perceived by the human eye as flocculation.

The crystalline particles were examined by various internal and external laboratories.

All analyses adduce the same result:

The white crystalline particles are Carbonates→CaCOɜor Calciumhydrogencarbonates →Ca(HCOɜ)₂.

Cause of the crystalline visible particles of Carbonates/Calciumhydrogencarbonates in the water “Spirit of Drini“:

How comes the Calcium carbonates in the water?

Calciumhydrogencarbonat forms during the water uptake of Calciumcarbonat through limestone mountain layers, essentially consist of Calcium carbonate by the action of water and Carbon dioxide.

The Carbon dioxide dissolves with water partly as Carbonic acid which continues to Hydrogen, the further dissociated to hydrogen carbonate and thereby provides protons.

At the same time, Calcium carbonate dissolves in small quantities in the water with the release of Carbonate–ions.

These take over the Hydrogen–ions offered by the Carbonic acid and likewise become hydrogen carbonate-ions.

Thus in the case of the Carbonate dissolution of limestone, in each case one equivalent proportion of Bicarbonate-ions, the other from the rock.

CaCOɜ+ CO₂+ H₂O ↔ Ca²+ (aq)+ 2 HCOɜˉˉ ( aq )

In order to keep in water Calciumhydrogencarbonat in solution, a certain concentration of a so-called “natural associated Carbonic Acid“ is needed.

Chemically, this is not different from any other Carbonic acid, it`s just about the proportion.

This associated Carbonic acid in the dissociation equilibrium with the existing hydrogen carbonate-ions, the pH of the water just so low, that in turn dependent share

on this pH value Carbonate-ions together with the existing Calcium-concentration just does not exceed the solubility of Calcium Carbonates.

The mineral water “SPIRIT OF DRINI“ contains 23 mg/ L natural Carbonic acid.

Calciumhydrogencarbonat thus exists only in aqueous solution in coexistence equivalent amounts of calcium and Hydrogen carbonate-ions.

The warmness for example from the natural spring temperature of 9 to over 20 degrees Celsius and different changing temperatures, the natural Carbon dioxide escapes from the water.

As a result, the dissociation equilibrium of the Carbonic acid shifts again in the direction of the Carbonate-ions, that is on the left side of the above reaction equation.


  1. In general, all uncarbonated mineral water`s which are flowing through limestone layers, mostly in the high mountain regions as the “Spirit of Drini“ natural mineral water comes from, have the effect to stabilize the Carbon dioxide to keep the Carbonates liquid.
  1. The crystallized particles are from natural origin and are absolutely harmless for consumption. The high quality of taste of the water “Spirit of Drini“ also remains the same.

Prof. Egbert Schnuse