Can I Get Five-Gallon Water jugs That Don't Leach BPA?

If plastic #7 is bad, then what number for five-gallon water storage jug would be good, and where can we get one?


Gina Solomon responds:

Most five-gallon water jugs are made of polycarbonate, which leaches BPA, especially when they are stored at warm temperatures or for prolonged periods of time. BPA is an endocrine disruptor and in animal studies has been associated with reproductive abnormalities including lower sperm counts, hormonal changes, enlarged prostate glands and pre-cancerous changes in the breast and prostate.  
But some companies are responding to consumer demand for BPA-free plastic jugs and creating 5-gallon jugs made of polyethylene terephthalate, PET or PETE, marked with a number one. If you get your water from a distributor, call and ask them why they don’t have an alternative to polycarbonate jugs.  

Keep in mind that polycarbonate plastic bottles and food containers are just one potential source of the BPA in our bodies. BPA is also used in the resin that lines the inside of metal food and soda cans. Most people are probably exposed to more BPA from eating canned food or drinking canned soda than from drinking out of a polycarbonate bottle. BPA leaches out of the can liner into the food or drink, especially when the food is acidic such as tomato-based products or sodas.

A number of companies are transitioning to BPA-free packaging. Click here to learn more and to find out what you can do to reduce your exposure to BPA today. See also NRDC's fact sheet on bisphenol A (BPA)


I found some really sturdy and cheap bpa free 5 gallons bottles at !
New Wave Enviro now offers 5 gallon bottles made out of a Co-polyester called Tritan. They're better than the #1'a because #1 is a weaker plastic and can break down over time. Check out for store locators and they have a plethora of eco-friendly products as well such as Stainless Steel Water Bottles, crocks (they are the only manufacturer of a Stainless Steel Crock), Bamboo bags and more
I just got some from they look great compared to the stolen ones we were using with arrowhead printed all over them
I came accross this site while doing some research on the 5 gallon plastic bottles. I am finding more and more research that is showing that PET # 1 (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles can be dangerous when used more than one time. This is typically the case with bottled water delivery. Here is one article: We are fortunate to have natural spring water (from a local source) delivery available in 5 gallon glass bottles where we live in Colorado and we recently switched to it. I encourage everyone to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.
I know the jury is still out about BPA, but why take the chance with your drinking water and you & your family's health. We go to so much trouble getting purified water for our homes and then put it in something that can poison you? You can find reasonable priced 3 & 5 gallon BPA FREE water bottles on ebay! That's were we got ours and we love them! The name of the seller is Oasis Pure Water & Ice. Good luck & drink more water :o)
BPA-free 5 gallon bottles are PET #1. The best ones are made by Better Bottle and can be found at: There are also some cool water cooler/crock filters to go with them!

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