If you have made the switch to a filtered water system, it’s natural to wonder how long it can be stored. Many people treat their filtered water like fresh foods, but it has a much longer shelf life in comparison. There are two key factors that determine the longevity of filtered water, the environmental conditions, and the storage container. In this article, we will offer some helpful tips on filtered water storage.

The Refrigerator

Most people store their filtered water in the refrigerator to ensure that they have a cool and refreshing drink of water whenever they want one. Water is not perishable, but if it’s contaminated with airborne contaminants, it will be polluted. The storage container must be clean and airtight to prevent these contaminants from entering the vessel. The best solution is a glass or plastic bottle with a screw top lid to keep the air out. When filtered water is stored in this way, it can last for a few weeks, but it’s advisable to consume it in a shorter time to ensure freshness. Bottled water manufacturers have strict rules to prevent contaminants, but these processes cannot be scaled down for domestic use. Water can look clean and clear even if there is mold growing in the water. So, if you’re not sure when the water was bottled, it’s a good idea to throw it out, clean the bottle and store a fresh batch.

Room Temperature

There are people that prefer to drink their filtered water at room temperature. But, this is not an environment that’s conducive to long-term filtered water storage. Commercially sealed bottles of water are fine if they are kept out of direct sunlight, which can promote mold growth in the bottle. But, filtered water that we place in a clean bottle at home is going to be exposed to airborne pollutants, heat, and other environmental factors. Bacteria and other microorganisms cannot be seen, but they are a significant cause of illness. If you want to drink room temperature filtered water, it’s a better idea to use the refrigerator for long-term storage and take the bottle out a few hours before you need it.

Making Filtered Water

Purchasing bottled spring or mineral water is expensive; the bottles are a hassle to store, and lugging them around the home can get old fast. The best alternative is to make your own filtered water with a filtration system of your own. A simple filter jug doesn’t remove any contaminants, but it can improve the taste of tap water. A better option is a point of use (POU) or point of entry (POE) filtration system. The initial costs are higher, but in the long term, the price per bottle of clean and healthy drinking water is much lower. The filtration system that you choose should be determined by a water test. This is important because the contaminants can vary widely, and you need a filtration system that can remove them.

If you’re interested in a water filtration system for your home, contact your local water treatment specialist today.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.