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Is bottled water still good to drink, after the expiration date?

Asked by john65pennington (29202points) October 25th, 2010

My mother is now in a nursing home. In her home, is a 24-bottle pack of unopened bottled spring water. It is expired by almost a year. I hate to waste the water. Question: How long after the printed expiration date, is bottled water still safe to drink?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

As long as the seal on the bottle is still good, the water should be good. It might not taste as good as if it was fresh, but it should be ok to drink.

I would probably give it to my dogs when we are in the field.

buckyboy28's avatar

I have had water past the expiration date before. It was perfectly fine, but had a slight plastic taste.

jazmina88's avatar

It’s fine. Even RX are okay after expiration as well. I heard the military did a study…...I’m sure some drugs wouldnt be as effective though.

Seaofclouds's avatar

From what I’ve heard, it’s not the water, it’s the plastic bottle that actually expires. Something in the plastic bottles can break down and get into the water (probably causing the plastic tast @buckyboy28 mentioned).

BarnacleBill's avatar

Unless the water is distilled water, which has been boiled, I wouldn’t drink it because of the possibility of bacterial growth

flutherother's avatar

I wouldn’t worry about ‘wasting’ the water it all gets recycled anyway, I would worry about the empty plastic bottles which are not recycled. Where do they end up?

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