You’ve heard the phrase, “Water Cooler Talk.” It refers to those conversations colleagues have when chatting on a break from work. But have you ever actually chatted with a co-worker or friend about the actual cooler or bottled water? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most talked about bottled water topics and come up with our own conversation starters for your next pow wow.

BellevueHow long does bottled water last?

According to the actual water bottle or jug, there are two dates: the manufactured date and the “best by” date. That best by or expiration date is generally two years after the bottled or manufactured date. Do you think it’s still good after the two years?

Is water left in a cup all day still safe to drink the next day?

To minimize exposure to bacteria, refrigerate any water that is “open.” It’s best to drink/use water within 1 or 2 days from when it is exposed to air at room temperature. Would you still brush your teeth with week old water left out in a cup?

What’s the best way to store bottled water?

If you can’t get right to a True refrigeration unit, a cool, dark place will do. But seriously folks, just keep those bottles cool. We’re not talking wine here (check out our recent post on wine storage). How many gallons of water do you keep in the basement in case of emergency?

According to surveys, which kind of bottled water is most popular?

For a variety of reasons, according to the Huffington Post, some of the most popular brands of bottled water are Evian Natural Spring Water, FIJI Natural Artesian Water, Volvic Natural Spring Water, and Perrier Mineral Water. As for the whys, let us know.