Discussion in 'SHTF/Survival&Disaster Preparedness' started by Motodeficient, Sep 3, 2010.
How long can you store bottled water and still have it be safe to drink?
i noticed yesterday at the grocery that gallon jugs of water expired 2 years after bottling.
Not sure on your first question but I have heard it's bad to re-use the bottles due to something with the plastic.
Just keep the bottles away from a direct light source (ESPECIALLY sun light) and it's basically good forever. Reason it can go bad, is if the bottles are heated or hit by light, it can release poisons from the plastic into the water. If this is for a SHTF water supply, also consider water purifying tablets or filters.
The stores have expiration dates because they basically have to have them on any consumable product they sell. It's like margarine, it has a date. It's only artificially flavored whipped oils so as long as it's kept cold enough to prevent separation it shouldn't expire.
To my way of thinking eggs don't need refrigeration. They aren't refrigerated when they come out of a chickens @$$. All the salmonella and other problems from eggs are on the outside of the shell. Which is why some chef's will wash their eggs when they get them, and you never crack an egg on the bowl you are adding it to, because small shell pieces can fall in. (I do none of this of course.)
I have heard about the bottle thing. That's why everyone is making a big deal about the "BPA Free" bottles.
If I recall there were issues with some real cheap bottled water, the plastic breaking down after years. But I agree that it should last a long, long time if kept out of sunlight. Even though we have a well, and spring water, I keep a few cases down in the basement on a shelf away from any sunlight or heat..
My understanding is that as long as there are no contaminants (pathogens and such) storage life will be very long, depending on the container.
If the wrong thing is in the container ... It's gonna go bad.
Purchased water, was stripped of these bad things, and the containers were sterilized, before the water was introduced into the container and sealed ... If you're preparing your own, stored water ... Be very careful ... It's equal to home-canned food.
That's why there is a slap test you can preform n canned water ... If you know what to listen for, you can tell if the container is still sealed.
Concerning storage ... Contaminants grow under the right conditions ... Heat & light.
If it's a big concern, get a gravity powered purifier, and don't worry about storage conditions.
I've listed 2 Purifier recommendations here - http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/shtf-s...redness/158599-water-storage.html#post2567557
Plastic will "contaminate" the water to some degree no matter what, and it will build up to the point were it tastes bad. I cant imagine it ever going "bad" to the point of killing you, unless there is a microbe that is eating the plastic inside. water is not an energy source, so for anything deadly to grow much beyond its initial level of contamination, it would need light or food.
You do know about the method of changing unsafe water into potable drinking water used in 3rd world nations? The one where they fill clear plastic bottles and set them out in the sun for a day so the UV light will kill the bacteria?
The "releasing poisons from the plastic" is liberal progressive tabloid pseudo-science. About the only way the plastic is going to kill you is if you eat it and the sharp edges cut your guts up.
Yes exactly! IMHO ... All the hand wringing about plastic bottles is pretty much unwarranted. Then again, isn't most liberal paranoia?
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