How long can water sit in the bottle?

“How long can water sit in a bottle when it has been treated with an A-dec ICX or a Confirm Monitoring’s Blu-tab water tablet?”

Ok, I got asked this question today, and I did not have a definite answer. After calling the manufacturers, we found out the following:

  • Water in a bottle that has been treated with A-dec ICX is effective for a period of 14 days.
  • Water in a bottle that has been treated with BluTab is effective for a period of 28 days.

So this just means that bottles that have tablet disinfectants in them can be left on the delivery systems for that many days before they should be drained or replaced. If you are not using a tablet disinfectant in your bottle, all water should be drained out of the bottle at the end of each day.

Even if you are using a disinfectant tablet in your water bottles, your unit will need to be periodically disinfected with a product like Mint-A-Kleen. If you are not using a tablet disinfectant in your clean water bottles then we recommend weekly disinfection of your delivery systems using Mint-A-Kleen.

If your clean water bottle develops a musty smell, you may take a 1:10 mixture of bleach and put it into the water bottle, screw on a bottle cap, shake the bottle and then let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse the bottle thoroughly after this “cleansing procedure”. We DO NOT recommend that the bleach mixture be run through the delivery unit. Only an approved water line disinfectant such as Mint-A-Kleen should be used for that purpose.