Storing Water for an Emergency Course: Lesson 10 – Ready-To-Drink Water: Step 6 & 7

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In this class we discuss steps 6 & 7. Step 6 is about the bottling process. It’s important to start by looking at what commercial bottled water companies do to ensure the cleanliness of the bottling process, and then try to duplicate that as much as possible at home. Step 7 is about labeling, storing, and replacing your bottled water.

The transcript of the video is below for your reference.


Hello, this is Glenn Meder, and we are continuing our discussion on making your own ready-to-drink water. Today we’re going to be talking about steps six and seven. This will be a fairly short video.

Step six is seal the bottle, or bottling the water and sealing it up properly. Step seven is labeling and storing the water. So let’s start with step six, seal the bottle. Now in the previous video I mentioned the conditions that they produce commercially produced water in. What they do is they have a clean room type environment so all of the air is filtered. It’s got a positive air flow, which means that if a door gets cracked open or something, then the air is going to be blowing out instead of anything going in. So no dust will go in, and no bugs will be able to fly in. Any workers that are in their have to wear face masks, gloves. They don’t touch the insides of the bottles. They are very careful with how this water is produced. So the point is, you want to replicate this environment as much as possible when you’re doing this yourself. And I know this sounds like it might be overkill, but you need to be able to rely on this water. This could be life or death for you and your family, so you need to do it right so that you can count on it.

So here are some points that you need to follow. First if you have empty water bottles that are going to refill, leave those empty bottles closed until you’re ready to fill them with water. When you open the bottle, don’t touch the inside of the bottle, don’t touch the threaded part, don’t touch the inside of the cap, because just by touching it you could contaminate it with bacteria. If you’re going to reuse a bottle of water, don’t ever put that up to your mouth and just drink straight from the bottle because your lips will contaminate it with bacteria. You’ll breathe into the bottle which can introduce bacteria into the water. So instead what you’re going to do is just crack it open and pour the water into another container and then drink from the other glass or something like that, and you’re going to drink from that. And then seal up the bottle right away. So you can also wear disposable gloves and even a mask when you’re bottling water, if you can. It’s also very important that you teach other people who are helping you do this, the importance of cleanliness when bottling water.

So let’s go on to step seven, which is label and store. So what you want to do, is you want to properly label your bottles. And what this is, this is a form of communication. So you need to communicate with yourself and with anyone else what exactly is in that bottle so you can rely. So the things that you want a record are…

  • The date that it was filled.
  • Is it ready-to-drink water or is it treat-before-you-drink water, and if it’s treat-before-you-drink water, make that very clear. You have to say DON’T DRINK THIS WATER UNTIL IT IS PROPERLY TREATED.
  • You need to label how was purified. This is important because you could store different types of water. So if f you wanted to store tap water, you could store tap water but just make sure you label it that way. If you’re doing distilled water label that, because that’s going to be the best water that you have. If you have filtered water, reverse osmosis water that has some chlorine added to it, then you want to note that.
  • Also you want to record when does the water need to be replaced. If you do choose to store tap water, it’s good for a maximum of six months. If you are producing properly prepared distilled water, or if you have commercially produced bottled water, that should be good for years. And even if the expiration date was expired by a year or two, in an emergency, I would certainly turn to that water and I would have no problem drinking that water.

Now when you’re going to store the water, you want to store the bottles in the cool, dark place which means no sunlight because sunlight will breakdown the chemicals in the plastic. And you don’t want the temperature extremes. You don’t want it to freeze, you don’t want it to get super hot. As much as you can, control that. You don’t want to store the bottles near chemicals or chemical fumes.

So in summary, what we want to do is we want to create a clean room type of environment, as close to that as possible. You want to properly label the bottles so that you and others know exactly what is in the bottle. And you need to store the bottles in a cool dark, location and replace when needed. So that’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next video.

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