Discussion in 'SHTF/Survival&Disaster Preparedness' started by saltair, Feb 28, 2011.
Anyone know what the shelf life is of water bottles and 1 gallon water jugs?
They have expiration dates....
The expiration dates are the last day that the store has to sell them. I was just wondering how long they would still be drinkable. I know that adding 8 drops of household bleach per gallon of water will help to sterilize and make it drinkable. just curious
I earned a degree in Biological Sciences and completed several courses in microbiology way back when... I'm trying to figure out what would spoil inside an unopened bottle of commercially packaged bottled water? I suspect the water's "expiration dates" have more to do with satisfying corporate attorney's concerns rather than actual hazard to the consumer. But I'm always willing to learn, so if anybody can explain, I'm all ears... er, eyes.
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Im thinking the same thing. As long as it stored right it should last a very long time!
I remember reading something a while back claiming that the bacteria count in some bottled waters was actually a good bit higher than the chlorinated water coming out of the tap from a municipal source, but I'm not sure how that translates into long-term storage safety.
Another thing I've always wondered is if compounds from the plastic bottles leach into the water over time, and if that could have a cumulative effect on your health.
My feeling is that it is not a "you will die from this if you drink it after" date.
Its got to be a method of rotating and replacing stock and "protecting yourself from frivolous lawsuit" date for the retailer.
I'm thinking the same coming from plastic containers but is it any worse coming from a mouthfull of swimming pool water with all of the added chemicals?
Think of it like a fish tank, bacteria will eventually grow in the water because it isnt a very airtight seal... how unsafe it is, I dont know, but you could simply boil it and it would be fine.
I keep bottled water in my vehicles with my GHB. Every six months I rotate in new stock and drink the old stock. It hasn't killed me yet.
Ive been looking into getting a couple food-grade 55 gallon plastic drums. There a couple different products I've seen that's supposed to be able to treat and preserve that amount of water for up to 5 years.
Yeah, I considered that but if there's no nutrients or food source, there's nothing for any invasive bacteria to feed on... they starve. Assuming the container is stored out of light, I don't see a food source.
I'd say for every gallon of water have two tablets or two drops of iodine just to make sure the water is safe to drink. Just remember to way a couple hours before drinking from it!
I buy bottled water in 5 gallon jugs. The owner of the store said that if the water is way up to the top of the container, it will last for over 5 years. Otherwise it goes bad in a few months!
Hope that helps..
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