Does Bottled Water Go Bad?

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Can Water Expire?

When it comes to water, there are usually no questions asked. You know that it’s essential to daily life. You know it hydrates you, helps your organs function, and boosts your energy levels. Water is important. But a question to consider when it comes to water is this: can water expire? 

Read on to learn more about the shelf life of your bottled water, including the best way to store water and what expiration dates really mean.

Does Bottled Water Go Bad Over Time?

Does water expire? In short, no. Bottled water doesn’t “go bad.” In fact, the FDA doesn’t even require expiration dates on water bottles. 

Although water itself doesn’t expire, the bottle it comes in can expire, in a sense. Over time, chemicals from the plastic bottle can begin to leak into the water it holds. And when you drink that water, chemicals like BPA can make their way into your system. That’s why it’s important to drink water from BPA-free bottles.

So, Why Do Bottles Have Expiration Dates—and Is It Safe To Drink Past that Date?

Remember how the FDA doesn’t require water bottle expiration dates? Well, some manufacturers still choose to include them. This isn’t so much for safety reasons—rather, they include the expiration date to ensure the best quality and identify the batch date. Drinking it before the expiration date can help you enjoy the best tasting water.

What You Need To Know About Water Bottle Shelf Life

Because the FDA has determined that bottled water is a packaged food and has no limited shelf life, it can be confusing to know when to drink your water by.

For best results, drink bottled water by the manufacturer’s expiration date. If your water bottles don’t have expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is to drink them before they hit the two-year mark. If you’re storing bottled water for longer periods of time, storing it properly may help make it safer to drink even after two years.

Does Alkaline Water Have a Different Shelf Life?

Like regular bottled water, you can drink alkaline water without fear of it going bad, and it should maintain its pH level for up to 24 months if stored in normal conditions with the cap sealed.

Aluminum Bottles: Do They Extend Shelf Life?

Aluminum is a great bottle choice for your water! It can help extend the shelf life, and water packaged in aluminum is reported to last even longer. Although water doesn’t expire, water stored in aluminum cans has a shelf life of 50 years. The higher the quality of the bottle for your water, the longer it lasts.

The Best Way To Store Bottled Water

The way you store your water bottles matters. According to the CDC, the best way to store water in containers (like bottles or jugs) is to keep it in a place with a cool temperature, like 50-70° F. It should be kept out of direct sunlight and never be stored in places where toxic substances (think gasoline or pesticides) are present. If you plan on storing these for a long time, it is recommended to put the date on them so you know how long they’ve been stored.

In conclusion, drinking water can be enjoyed even after its “expiration date” in BPA-free plastic and even longer in aluminum. So, sip away!