May 8, 2014 at 2:22 am #12826
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Bottled Water Storage
Emergency preparedness guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommend that all households maintain an emergency supply of water — at least one gallon per person per day for three days — for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) advises consumers to store bottled water at room temperature or cooler, out of direct sunlight and away from solvents and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinners, household cleaners, and dry cleaning chemicals.
Some consumers have asked why these conditions are best for bottled water storage.
•First, when water (bottled water or tap water) is exposed to extended periods of direct sunlight or heat sources, algae or mold may infrequently develop. Although this is not a general concern for public health, the bottled water industry wants you to enjoy the freshest, cleanest water possible, and storing water in a cool place out of direct sunlight helps assure that.
•Second, bottled water and other beverages are packaged in sanitary and highly protective, sealed plastic containers that maintain the quality and freshness of the product. However, plastic containers – whether used for bottled water or other beverages – are slightly permeable, which may allow ambient air gases such as vapors from household solvents, petroleum-based fuels and other chemicals, to affect the taste and odor of your beverage. Your bottled water company takes great care to store and transport its products carefully so you can enjoy the fresh, clean taste you expect from bottled water. Proper storage will help ensure product quality.
Consumers also ask about expiration dates printed on some bottles and whether bottled water has a limited shelf life.
•The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food product, has determined that there is no limit to the shelf life of bottled water.
•Because it is packaged under sanitary, good manufacturing processes; is in a sanitary sealed container; and does not contain substances (such as sugars and proteins) typically associated with food spoilage, bottled water can be stored for extended periods of time without concerns.
•In addition, only one state (New Jersey) has ever required expiration dating for bottled water. However, the New Jersey state legislature repealed the 2-year expiration date law several years ago, noting that there was no scientific evidence to support such a requirement. Some companies place date-based lot codes on bottled water containers, which are typically used to assist in managing stock rotation at distribution and retails points.
Bottled water is an excellent choice for emergency water storage and, of course, daily refreshment. FDA Good Manufacturing Practices mandate that bottled water be produced in a sanitary environment and bottled in sanitary, safety-sealed containers. These and other extensive FDA, state and industry standards help ensure that bottled water delivers consistent safety, quality and good taste to consumers.
Whether you buy your bottled water in bulk for everyday drinking or you’ve stockpiled for emergencies, you may be interested in keeping it usable for as long as possible. According to the FDA, water bottled by U.S. companies has an indefinite shelf life for safety. More important is learning to store tap water bottled for emergencies. Learn more about storing bottled water and how to do it yourself.
Extending the life of your bottled tap water:
Step 1 — Prepare a proper container. You should purchase a food-grade storage container (available at outdoors stores), or use a 2-liter soda bottle. Do not use old milk or juice containers, which contain acids that erode plastic over long periods.
Step 2 — Wash and sanitize the containers with regular dish soap and water. Rinse completely to remove any residue.
Step 3 — Sanitize the bottle with a solution made of one tablespoon bleach to one quart water. Swish the solution around the inside of the container and rinse thoroughly,
Step 4 — Fill the containers with tap water, being careful to avoid touching the inside of the container or cap with your fingers. If you are using tap water that is not from a municipal source (i.e. if you have well water), treat by adding two drops of chlorine bleach to each gallon.
Step 5 — Write the date on the container, and store it in a cool, dark place. You should replace self-bottled water every six months, to a year.
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George S. PattonMay 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm #13403
Handy info. I always wondered why there was a use by date on bottled water.
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