The Shelf life of Bottled Spring Water

The Water Delivery Company deliver spring water to customers in 19 litre and 12 litre bottles which are fully compatible with the water coolers we rent and sell to customers across London and the UK.

We are often asked questions about the shelf life of our water and this blog should answer questions regarding the providence of our water – and give customers advice on how it should be stored.

Our Spring Water is extracted by our professional water bottler  – Fillongley Water . Fillongley Water is a high quality, pure English spring water from a historic protected source.  The water is naturally filtered through limestone rock before emerging from modern boreholes close to the historic Penning and Berwick wells. It has a light, refreshing taste and a balanced mineral composition.

The water is bottled the same day it is extracted from the aquifer. It is then left at the bottling plant for 48 hours while the water is tested and checked internally and at an external laboratory. The water is then transported to London by an articulated lorry which holds around 1200 19 litre bottles – we have a delivery like this every two days.

We deliver this water to customers within two days of delivery – thereby guaranteeing that any water delivered to our customers has been extracted from the ground within the last five days.

What is a suitable shelf life for a water cooler bottle?

1.For correctly stored unopened bottles the shelf life can be any time between six months and a year. Although if you are keeping water for this long it may be that you don’t need to use a water cooler in your office or home.

2.Opened bottles put on a regularly sanitised water cooler (with a bayonet system, sealed reservoir, air filter) last up to three weeks.

3.Opened bottles not on a water cooler have a shelf-life of  just three days.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0845 006 3309 or email

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton is an established part of the UK water industry and has business interests in drinking water products. He is actively involved in the self-regulatory associations which work to keep strict standards within the UK water industry.

His related water businesses are listed on and include The Water Delivery Company - Londons' largest independent bottled water cooler supplier.

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