Water Storage Guidelines


collapsible-water-container Commercially bottled water in PETE (or PET) plastic containers may be purchased. Follow the container’s “best if used by” dates as a rotation guideline. Avoid plastic containers that are not PETE plastic.




If you choose to package water yourself, consider the following guidelines:


  • Use only food-grade containers. Smaller containers made of PETE plastic or heavier plastic buckets or drums work well.
  • Clean, sanitize, and thoroughly rinse all containers prior to use. A sanitizing solution can be prepared by adding 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)      to one quart (1 liter) of water. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used.
  • Do not use plastic milk jugs, because they do not seal well and tend to become brittle over time.
  • Do not use containers previously used to store non-food      products.

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Water Pretreatment

  • Water from a chlorinated municipal water supply does      not need further treatment when stored in clean, food-grade containers.
  • Non-chlorinated water should be treated with bleach.      Add 1/8 of a teaspoon (8 drops) of liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to      6% sodium hypochlorite) for every gallon (4 liters) of water. Only      household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used.


  • Containers should be emptied and refilled regularly.
  • Store water only where potential leakage would not damage your home or apartment.
  • Protect stored water from light and heat. Some containers may also require protection from freezing.
  • The taste of stored water can be improved by pouring it back and forth between two containers before use.

Additional Information

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