The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates commercial bottled water as a food. Bottled water has a shelf life of one to two years due to treatment of the water, including filtration, ozonation and demineralization.
According to the Iowa State University Cooperative Extension, try to buy refrigerated bottled water and put it in a refrigerator right away. Storing bottled water at or above room temperature promotes the growth of bacteria.
Plastic contaminants from the container may leach into bottled water, if stored above room temperature.
While the FDA oversees the safety of bottled water, the FDA safety requirements are less stringent than those imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water safety standards.
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