water storage-plastic taste

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We bought water in 2 1/2 gallon containers over the last few months. We opened one and the plastic taste was horrid not to mention possibly unsafe( if you believe the toxic everything freaks ). This was packaged water, sterility was not the issue. These were #2 opaque containers.

Has anyone any real experience with this problem?

We need and want to store several hundred gallons of water, yes we have some other water ideas, swimming pool, rainwater shallow well etc, in the making but this is an important part of our y2k preparations.

-- julienne (bootman@value.net), December 29, 1998


I agree plastic is a BIG problem for taste at a minimum. I have been saving soda & juice containers (no plastic milk containers!) for some time. Occasionally, I use one for taking water to work, since I prefer carbon-filtered water. After ONE DAY, the water tastes pretty bad. ONE DAY!

-- Anonymous99 (Anonymous99@Anonymous.com), December 29, 1998.

A good charcoal filter ought to eliminate most of the taste -- don't know if any undesirable solvents leached out of the plastic are involved.

These jugs of water sit on the store shelves for several days -- yet they don't seem to have a bad taste when you take them home.

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.com), December 30, 1998.

The guy at the health food store warned me about taste. He said if I was going to use the 2 1/2 gal containers you're talking about for water storage, first I would need to soak several times with baking soda and very hot water. Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds reasonable.

-- margie mason (mar3mike@aol.com), December 30, 1998.

Buy alot of Tang, Koolaide, lemonaide etc to flavor the water in another way..

-- Moore Dinty moore (not@thistime.com), December 30, 1998.

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