How long can bottled water be stored?
The Food and Drug Administration has not established a shelf life for bottled water. Bottled water can be stored indefinitely if it is kept in the proper environment. Bottled water should be kept in a dry place out of direct sunlight and stored at room temperature or cooler. Bottled water should also be kept away from toxic chemicals, such as cleaning agents, solvents or gasoline. Information on bottled water storage is available from NSF International at www.nsf.org/consumer/bottled_water/bw_faq.asp?program=BottledWat and from the International Bottled Water Association at www.bottledwater.org/public/BWFactsHome_main.htm.
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