Water Smarts: How To Best Use Your Bottled Water

The PET plastic used to make small water bottles (2 litres or less) is designed for one-time use. These bottles shouldn’t be refilled or reused for health reasons.

Because plastic is a permeable substance, oxygen, bacteria, etc. in the air can pass through it. The thinner the plastic, the less of a barrier it creates. In fact, storing bottled water in a garage or out in the hot sun can affect the taste.

Health Canada recommends refrigerating small bottles of water once opened and, ideally, immediately after you purchase them. If you need to store the water for long periods of time, make sure you store it in a cool, dry location and always check the best-before date.

FACT: Bacteria can also grow in an unopened bottle if it’s been stored for a long time, especially at high temperatures. It’s always best to drink bottled water within a two-year window.

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