How to Store Bottled Water Properly

There are many questions and concerns around storing bottled water and its expiration date.

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) advises consumers “to store bottled water at room temperature or cooler, out of direct sunlight and away from solvent and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinners, household cleaners and dry chemicals.”

bottle storageDirect sunlight
When water, either tap or bottled, is exposed to direct sunlight or heat, algae or mold may develop. ‘The Water Guy”TM ensures proper storage and transportation of your bottled water and you can help ensure your water remains fresh by following the advice of the IBWA.

Store away from chemicals
Bottled water and other bottled beverages are sealed in plastic to maintain freshness. Since plastic is slightly permeable, it may allow air gases and vapor to pass through it, which is why the IBWA advises to store bottled water away from solvents and chemicals. Storing your bottled water away from solvents and chemicals will keep them from affecting the taste and odor of the water.

Expiration date
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all bottled water and determines that there is no shelf life on bottled water and does not require an expiration date. However, ‘The Water Guy”TM provides a “best by date” on every gallon bottle product that is one year after the day of manufacturing.

Emergency water
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends each household should maintain an emergency supply of water. They specifically recommend at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for three days. Remember to properly store your emergency bottled water supply for good tasting water upon emergency.

Water is essential to our everyday lives and proper storage of it is essential to ensure safety, quality and freshness.