The Effect of Storage Temperature on Bottled Water


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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