Are you someone who likes to store large amounts of purified water for later use? While long-term storage would seem to be a good idea, it has a number of problems associated with it.
Unlike other beverages, water does not have an expiration date. However, when it is left in an open container at room temperature for an extended period of time, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and algae. If it’s put in a sealed plastic container, chemicals such as BPA could, over a long period of time, start to leach into the water.
It is still possible to store water for extended periods of time. Here are some tips to help you do so safely:
#1. Select a food grade container made of glass, stainless steel or polyethylene plastic. The largest containers you can get are the FDA approved, 55 gallon polyethylene drums.
#2. Wash the container out thoroughly. This will kill any biological contaminants that the bottle or drum may contain.
#3. Sterilize the water you will be storing. Do this by bringing it to a rolling boil for at least 3 to 5 minutes to kill existing bacteria and/or larvae.
#4. Seal the container tightly and place it out of reach of sunlight. If you have a basement, store your bottles there. And if the containers are using are made of plastic, be sure to keep them away from gasoline, kerosene and pesticides. Vapors from these substances can permeate your water bottle containers if the walls are thin enough.
Polar Station water and ice vending machines dispense delicious purified water that people love to drink and store. Our kiosks use only local water sources and purify on-site. They also only sell in bulk quantities, which cuts down on the amount of plastic that goes into landfills and helps preserve the environment.
The bottled water industry is a multibillion dollar a year industry that only keeps on growing. When you purchase one of our water and ice machines, you are making a solid investment that is not only good for your community, but for your bottom line. With so many positives, shouldn’t you look into owning a Polar Station kiosk today?
Originally posted 2012-08-07 15:49:20.