Can Bottled Water Be a Good Storage Choice?
The use of bottle water has become quite a controversial topic as of late. Plastic water bottles are filling landfills as they are being discarded in their millions. Can carcinogens leach from the plastic into the water they contain? Debate rages over that as well.
And how good are they for long term water storage if you want to use them that way? The rule of thumb is a maximum one year storage life. Yet, one government agency has this to say, “Like many other food products, bottled water normally contains low numbers of harmless bacteria. However, if stored for prolonged periods at room temperatures, these bacteria can multiply rapidly. A 1988 Health Canada study of bottled water kept at room temperature for 30 days showed a substantial increase in the bacterial count.”
A safe bet might be to consider the keeping of something like Aqua Literz, a purified product in a sterilized container that has actually been designed for such long term storage. With a five year shelf life, and with the approval of such agencies as the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Red Cross, it can also provide you with peace of mind.