When purchasing bottled water, there is always the chance that you won’t be using the water right away. Many people like to keep bottles in stock to avoid running out of it and some bottles so it’s available for emergency situations when tap water may not work.

No matter what the stored water is for, it’s important to be sure the water is still fresh before consumption. Keeping track of how old it is and taking precautions to store the water in a specific way will not only elongate the freshness of the water but ensure that the bottle you’re opening for use is still safe to drink.

How long will bottled water stay fresh?

It depends on the water. It is best to store unopened water for six months to one year. Clearly Colorado guarantees that our water is good one year from the date of bottling.

What is the best way to store my bottled water?

It is best to store purified bottled water in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Try to keep the water away from any chemicals like cleaning supplies, paint or gasoline, which can affect water’s taste and odor because plastic bottles. Lastly, make sure the bottle is sealed and has not yet been open to ensure quality and freshness.

Why are these conditions better for bottled water?

Dark, cool conditions are best for water because there is always the possibility for mold or algae to grow in the bottle. This is a rare occurrence but is still possible, so keeping it out of sunlight will prevent this. Also, although the bottles are sealed, the plastic means they are still permeable. Keeping the bottles away from chemicals keeps the water’s taste from being affected.

When should I be concerned about if my water is still fresh or not?

If you’re unsure of how long you’ve had your water or can’t remember when you purchased it from a Colorado Springs bottled water company, it is possible the water is no longer fresh. Make sure to check the dates on the bottles or label the water so that you don’t lose track of whether it is still good to drink. It’s also a good idea to look over the bottle before opening it. If it looks discolored or as if something such as mold is growing inside, it’s best to get a new bottle instead.

How often should I replace my emergency bottled water?

Clearly Colorado guarantees that our water will be good one year from the date of bottling, so if you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your emergency stash of purified bottled water, check the date on the bottle and use that to guide your decision. If the bottling date is nearing one year, it may be time to use that bottle and replace it with a newer one.

I’m still concerned about the safety of bottled water, but want to drink purified water. What are my options?

If you’re still concerned about the safety of bottled water, it’s always an option to install a point-of-use (POU) water filtration system in your home. Colorado Springs tap water can still have impurities that affect the smell and taste of the water.  

Using reverse osmosis, a POU filtering system at home is environmentally friendly and will remove the contaminants to improve the safety and taste of the tap water.

POU filters are installed at a specific faucet or sink in the house, or the point where the water is used. These filters typically last three to six months and can improve Colorado Springs tap water to taste like purified bottled water.