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Old 11-18-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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Those bottles are refillable. That's the point of them.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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Sure they are refillable....that doesn't mean they are antiseptic. Nothing preventing you from using a mild solution of bleach and rinsing them out between uses to kill whatever germs are lurking. It would just take a minute, if you're worried.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:12 AM
 
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I wouldn't re-use them over and over again. The plastic leeching is bad enough but our tap waters TO ME are worse...so we pick our poisons. I get a water delivery for my needs.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:01 AM
 
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I wouldn't re-use them over and over again. The plastic leeching is bad enough but our tap waters TO ME are worse...so we pick our poisons. I get a water delivery for my needs.
Does your service use brand new, single use, plastic bottles? I've never heard of any water service doing that.
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Old 11-19-2017, 06:01 PM
 
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Does your service use brand new, single use, plastic bottles? I've never heard of any water service doing that.
I don't know what they use, but I smash my bottles and put them in recycle bins in back. I would think a lot of companies recycle products. Plastic is everywhere.

When I say service, I had arrowhead delivery a couple yrs ago but got to NOT liking arrowhead water. Then I bought my own bottles and got them into my apt and then since I don't drive anymore I get my market to deliver Crystal Geyser, Essentia and Eternal water bottles to my home when I get a grocery delivery. Essentia and Eternal are a higher pH water.
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Old 07-31-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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I wondered about this topic myself.

Within the past year, I started using 5 gallon jugs I bought at Walmart and filling the jugs as needed at either Walmart or HEB (the local large grocer here). Filling 5 gallon jugs saves a bunch of money over buying each gallon of water individually and even from buying the pre filled 5 gallon jugs and continuously exchanging them. Plus its so much better for the environment then single use and trash or even recycle. Thats why I do it.

I live in San Antonio and the summers here keep getting hotter and hotter over the years. I know bacteria love warm water and they grow and thrive in it. I too was concerned about bacteria sitting in the pipes/machine and being put in jugs when I filled.

Yesterday, when I filled my 5 gallon jugs, the weather was hot, as usual. For whatever reason, whether it be that no one filled recently before me or because it was late afternoon and the heat of the day, the water came out hot at first, then warm. Bacteria was a major concern. Especially since it is not just me drinking the water but my kids.

I called Primo today and found out a few things:

1. Primo and Glacier are owned by the same company
2. If the unit is outside, like mine was, it most likely was a Glacier machine
3. Indoor machines are usually Primo machines
4. The lady said the outdoor Glacier machines do not generally have a UV filter to kill bacteria
5. The lady from Primo said the indoor machines generally do have a UV filter to kill bacteria

6. Most importantly, the lady said not to worry about bacteria being an issue even with the outdoor machines as the heated water was probably just due to heated pipes and the water has to flow over that.

Perhaps one of you can also call Primo to see if you get a similar or different answer and report here.

If just trusting the Primo rep is not reassuring to you, you can do what I did and use the EPA's guide for disinfecting water using a safe level of basic bleach with no cleaners or scents.

Keep in mind, the amounts of bleach to use to clean an object and the safe level to drink are two separate levels. Be sure to get this information from a reputable government website and get this right.

https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and...drinking-water
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