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Does Bottled Water Ever Go Bad?

The American Red Cross recommends that all households store at least 3 gallons of bottled water per person. Water that has been bottled and stored properly should last indefinitely, according to the International Bottled Water Association. Assuming it has been treated by the bottler according to guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration, bottled water should contain nothing to attract and grow pathogens that could pose a threat to human health. To preserve taste, the Bottled Water Association recommends storing bottles in a cool, dry place, away from odors or toxic substances.