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Old 04-13-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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Default Few questions about stored water

I have 2-1/2 gal containers of water bought at supermarket and after 2 yrs they expire for drinking but say 5 or 10 yrs later is that same water safe for washing hands and face or rinsing dishes?
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:48 AM
 
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Unopened sealed water is good for 2 years but when its opened, after about a month it begins to grow bacteria. You should think of discarding open water after about 10-14 days I guess its possible to use as for cleaning maybe if you boiled it but im unsure about that.
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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You should rotate and replace stuff on a regular basis.
You don't want to be caught in a situation where you need your stash only to find out it's years old and questionable.

Once per year I go through my pantry and do a major cleaning. I move everything in the back up front and look at the expiration dates. I also rotate through stocked up water too replacing as I use it up.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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Yes, Tripod, the water will be safe for household use. I think it would even be safe for consumption after boiling, but I don't think it will taste good after so many years in plastic, so I'd stick to laudry/dishes/car wash with it...
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:41 PM
 
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Well I asked because after the water expires was planning on saving the unopened but expired water for emergencies for washing hands + face, or dishes and of course having good water that isn't expired for drinking.

Btw in an emergency situation how far past expiration date for unopened water would you feel safe drinking it without doing ANYTHING to it?
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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Let your nose be your guide, same as food. When in doubt, throw it out.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Btw in an emergency situation how far past expiration date for unopened water would you feel safe drinking it without doing ANYTHING to it?
If it isn't stinky, slimey, green or fuzzy I think it would be plenty fine to drink if it was still sealed. But I'm not a water puritan, in the bush we can't afford to be, and routinely drink water that some would consider "unsafe" with minimal (if any) treatment. Drinking "bad" water is 100% preferable to having NO water... I think stale sealed water bottles would be much safer than drinking out of puddles and storm drains!
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Emergency Water Storage : Homeland Security News

EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES

P2243 Safe Drinking Water in an Emergency (http://msucares.com/pubs/publications/p2243.html - broken link)
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:12 AM
 
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Posted awhile back about this and still wondering about expired BUT unopened drinking water for washing hands, face + dishwashing. Say the water was in it's original unopened store bought containers would adding bleach render it completely safe for washing with? We had a water main break in our area once where they said to not even shower in tap water unless boiling first. So wondering if bleach would take care of anything that occurs in UNOPENED bottled water say after 6 yrs of sitting there. Keep in mind I'm talking about making it safe for washing and not drinking and know boiling is safest but what about just adding bleach?

The reason I ask is because every 2 yrs we accumalate unopened but expired drinking water but saving it for washing if there was ever a need for it. Btw do other people here do that too or is there a better way to store water to wash with?
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Posted awhile back about this and still wondering about expired BUT unopened drinking water for washing hands, face + dishwashing. Say the water was in it's original unopened store bought containers would adding bleach render it completely safe for washing with? We had a water main break in our area once where they said to not even shower in tap water unless boiling first. So wondering if bleach would take care of anything that occurs in UNOPENED bottled water say after 6 yrs of sitting there. Keep in mind I'm talking about making it safe for washing and not drinking and know boiling is safest but what about just adding bleach?

The reason I ask is because every 2 yrs we accumalate unopened but expired drinking water but saving it for washing if there was ever a need for it. Btw do other people here do that too or is there a better way to store water to wash with?
IMO, you can keep it for 20 years just for dishwashing, etc. The reason I state this is I served in the Air Force and was deployed to an "austere" desert location where above ground bladders were positioned adjacent to showers. We showered and shaved with non-potable water filled with bacteria that sat in 100 degree heat. We were instructed to not brush our teeth with the scummy water and keep our mouths closed when showering. Nobody got sick (and we really don't where the water came from, the Saudi's delivered it). So if you're really concerned, just add a few drops of bleach and press on.
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