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Old 03-24-2012, 21:47   #41
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Now, HDPE plastic which is opaque, or NOT see thru, think milk jugs, is not good for long term storage. HDPE will degrade after just a year or two depending on storage climate. The result is leaking jugs and compromised water quality....
I have a milk jug that has been sitting in my garage since 2001 or 2002, that is still intact and holding liquid. It gets as cold in the garage as it does outside during the winter, and hotter than it gets outside during the summer, not to mention the humidity.

If I recall correctly, it has Methyl Ethyl Ketone in it.
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Old 03-24-2012, 23:13   #42
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Please elaborate!
One of these days, you might be crawling thru the rubble of your house or your town and stumble across or dig out a can of some foodstuff…. and if it has a 2 year expiration date on it and its 3 years past that…your only concern will be how to get the can open without spilling any of it. You wouldn't give a flying crap about it being "past expiration"…and take your chances.

Except it will probably be fine. And you might live another day.

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Old 03-25-2012, 06:42   #43
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One of these days, you might be crawling thru the rubble of your house or your town and stumble across or dig out a can of some foodstuff…. and if it has a 2 year expiration date on it and its 3 years past that…your only concern will be how to get the can open without spilling any of it. You wouldn't give a flying crap about it being "past expiration"…and take your chances.

Except it will probably be fine. And you might live another day.
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Old 04-06-2012, 18:03   #44
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Here's an interesting source that appears to give the "long" side of shelf life...

http://survivalacres.com/information/shelflife.html
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Old 04-08-2012, 17:38   #45
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so to clarify, the 5 gallon water cooler jugs can last (if stored in a dark and cool closet) for a few years with no problems?
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Old 04-08-2012, 18:33   #46
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so to clarify, the 5 gallon water cooler jugs can last (if stored in a dark and cool closet) for a few years with no problems?
If it is injection molded/no seams,and treated it should be fine.
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Old 04-08-2012, 18:45   #47
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IMO the expiration date is more of a sell by date. If it doesn't smell bad its still good.
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Old 04-08-2012, 21:15   #48
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so to clarify, the 5 gallon water cooler jugs can last (if stored in a dark and cool closet) for a few years with no problems?
They will probably last decades. Even if the water in them goes bad, you could treat it by boiling or using one of the many purification systems or methods available.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:48   #49
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I have a milk jug that has been sitting in my garage since 2001 or 2002, that is still intact and holding liquid. It gets as cold in the garage as it does outside during the winter, and hotter than it gets outside during the summer, not to mention the humidity.

If I recall correctly, it has Methyl Ethyl Ketone in it.
I had one that held used motor oil sitting under my workbench for years...

and then I have had several that held water new in the case and they leaked all over my basement after a little more than a year.
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