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Old 07-29-2009, 05:08 PM
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Hi guys, How long to 1 gallon plastic jugs of water last? I was thinking of getting some to store in a few places and am wondering how often I should rotate them. I was thinking that if I kept them in a cool place that they should keep for a year. Am I correct? Does the same go for the plastic bottles of water such as poland springs? Thanks
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filled with water- about a year. Know from experience. Modern milk jugs are made from a decomposing bio plastic derived from corn IIRC
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I think the heavy the Plastic the better on that. To keep the Chemicals from breaking down, no Sunlight and Moderate Temps are Important.Im going with the 5 liter heavy plastic jugs from Sams Club.
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Wow that was fast. Thanks
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And they don't offer those 5 gallon glass jugs anymore do they?
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I stored water in those old milk jugs and i went back a year later to drink some of the water just for _hits and giggles and it was horrible. I would drink it if I absolutely had no other source because it taste like plastic also I worry about the chemicals that leach into the water. I would use it for cleaning but for drinking I only store in glass. Save glass containers and use them for drinking water storage. I still save some plastic containers for short term water saving like if a sudden emergency was announced I could quickly fill them up.
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I have plastic milk jugs that I rotate every 6 months. I don't drink it but I do use it for the dogs and the garden as needed. They don't seem to mind. I also have Arizona tea plastic jugs with water which I rotate every 6 months as well. Those I wouldn't mind drinking the water out of even after 6 months it is not bad. In fact, I just pulled some out that was 6 months old and drank it. My husband and I both thought it tasted just fine.
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My local Smart and Final is selling 5 gallon water jugs for $7.00 each(enpty of course). I used to buy full jugs directly from the Sparkletts distributor, but they stopped letting me buy because I didnt have a contract with them. May need to check back with them and see if they might let me start again as the economy has slowed down.
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My local Smart and Final is selling 5 gallon water jugs for $7.00 each(enpty of course). I used to buy full jugs directly from the Sparkletts distributor, but they stopped letting me buy because I didnt have a contract with them. May need to check back with them and see if they might let me start again as the economy has slowed down.
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My local Smart and Final is selling 5 gallon water jugs for $7.00 each(enpty of course). I used to buy full jugs directly from the Sparkletts distributor, but they stopped letting me buy because I didnt have a contract with them. May need to check back with them and see if they might let me start again as the economy has slowed down.
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I use 1 gal water jugs to freeze water in ,usually keep 5-6 of em in freezer. Down my way you can buy the 5 gal heavy plastic jugs for $10 filled and you get $5 for deposit back when you return empty.
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There are heavy duty plasstic containers used for juice and tea. I used to keep them around to haul off used motor oil, the recycler kept jug and all.

Keep these out of the light and heat and I bet they'd last a long time with water in them. I just emptied a gallon of Lipton Sweat Tea today, gunna give it a shot.
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I was thinking that gallon jugs of gatorade(empty) would be good for water storage. Might impart good flavor
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I have 15 (5) gallon reverse osmossious jugs of water. We rotate them first in last out. We use about 3 a month for drinking only. When three is empty we will replace them. The water place exchanges them at about $2.30 per five gal.

Question is would water in a jug go bad, well most likely BUT I would fear the plastic leaching into the water more than I would fear the water.

It is best to rotate all things. Except a wife.

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The thin 1 gallon jugs from supermarket, I've had them leak within just a few months, just sitting.

The clear and heavier 2 liter soft drink ones, no telling how long.

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My local Smart and Final is selling 5 gallon water jugs for $7.00 each(enpty of course). I used to buy full jugs directly from the Sparkletts distributor, but they stopped letting me buy because I didnt have a contract with them. May need to check back with them and see if they might let me start again as the economy has slowed down.
My walmart is selling 7 gallon aqua-jugs in the camping section for $10, and they're thick blue plastic with a spigot, made for water storage.
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Milk jugs are a big no no for storing drinking water. They are biodegradable and release chemicals into the water as they break down. The plastic also absorbs milk into it and no matter how well you clean them will release bacteria into your water. And they will eventually leak.

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worried about the taste eh?

solution

mix:
2 packets of your favorite flavor kool-aid
2 cups sugar

this will remove any plastic flavor
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As was mentioned, don't store water in milk containers, for drinking use. But I still store water in them for flushing water, in case we lose water service (pipe breaks, etc.)
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What about vinegar jugs and bleach jugs? Does anyone have any experience with these?
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