Does tap water have a shelf life?
#113183. Asked by unclerick. (Mar 03 10 6:05 PM)
Yes, and here is just ONE take on that:|
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.
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