Bacteria in Blue Can Water - Tests Showed Bacteria Present in Several Blue Can Water Samples

Bacteria in Blue Can Water? Fact or Fiction


In a previous article I shared the test results of an independent water laboratory report on Blue Can Water, commissioned by Sagan Industries LLC  in August 2016. These tests indicated the presence of bacteria in Blue Can Water. Bacteria was present in all nine (9) cans of Blue Can Water analyzed.  I personally found the results astonishing.  

The purpose of this follow up article is to share two additional laboratory studies on Blue Can Water.  These new laboratory studies were commissioned by two leading companies in the emergency preparedness industry. I think you will be intersted to see the results of these latest lab reports regarding bacteria being present in Blue Can Water cans.

While neither company is affiliated with Sagan Industries LLC, one has been a distributor of Blue Can Water in the past, but is no longer distributing the product. Both companies submitted Blue Can Water cans to be tested by an independent certified water laboratory. One submitted Blue Can Water product which they had in stock for sale. The other company simply purchased the Blue Can Water product from Amazon and had it sent directly to the laboratory.

Let’s Simplify the Blue Can Water Test Results

For ease of understanding the laboratory’s analysis, I have prepared a table illustrating the test results on each can of Blue Can Water analyzed. I hope the table is helpful. Please refer to the actual laboratory reports for the complete method of analysis and statistical sampling records. The links to the complete reports are at the end of this article.

The table below is a compilation of information taken from each of the 3 different laboratory reports.

A total of 19 cans of Blue Can Water were tested for the three separate companies.

I have studied these tests and put the results into understandable terms for individuals to read. I personally found it difficult at first to understand the mathematical calculations as to what amount of bacteria was found in each can, based upon simply looking at the raw numbers in the report.


Why Was Blue Can Water Tested By Sagan Industries LLC, Anyway?

With recent natural disasters, many of us have had our emergency water storage completely depleted – and I mean entire cities, states, and countries.  Therefore, we know it’s time for many of us to replenish our stores. So, it’s time to take a close look at long term water storage and make an educated decision as to where to invest our time and money.

Because, if it comes down to having to use your emergency water – it has to withstand time, elements and who knows what else. At the end of the day, you want a container of  pure clean drinking water for your family. Above all, let’s not make a bad situation worse by drinking bad quality water or even worse, water containing bacteria.

I talked to the product development director at Sagan Industries LLC and asked why they had Blue Can Water tested for bacteria in the first place. He explained that he personally had several cases of Blue Can Water in his storage supplies and noticed that many of the cans had become very hard, so that it was difficult to squeeze them in your hand. He assumed something must be producing gases inside the can for it to be so expanded.  They then decided to send several cans of the Blue Can Water stock he had to the water laboratory for bacterial analysis.


Blue Can Water Tests Were Requested by Three Individual Companies

After understanding why Sagan Industries LLC had the first laboratory tests performed on their personal stock of Blue Can Water, we learned of two other companies which had also submitted Blue Can Water cans to be analyzed for the presence of bacteria. As I mentioned, our findings outlined in this post reflect test results performed for all three different companies: Sagan Industries LLC, Ready America and the Ready Project. All three companies are concerned about the safety and health of their communities, and take emergency preparedness seriously.

Keep Reading – 15 Out of 19 Cans Tested Positive for Bacteria

A certified water research laboratory performed these tests at different times, on different batches of Blue Can Water.

Unfortunately, 15 out of 19 cans of Blue Can water tested showed positive results for presence of bacteria. It is my opinion that this information needs to be public knowledge. There are a lot of cases of Blue Can Water on storage shelves across the country. People are counting on this water in case of  a disaster. At this point, I wonder if it will be any good for people to use in a disaster. How can it last for the claimed “50 years” if bacteria is present after only one or two years?!

Blue Can Water Tested Showed Considerable Amounts of Bacteria Present

The laboratory test results on the Blue Can Water submitted for analysis by Sagan Industries LLC are listed below. This is the formula I used to determine how much bacteria was in each can:

  • The measurement used by the water laboratory is called colony forming units or “CFU’s of bacteria.
  • The tests reflect how many Bacteria CFU’s are in each milliliter of water tested.
  • There are 345.88 milliliters in 12 ounces.
  • Therefore, using this equation, I was able to determine how much bacteria was in each can. Bacteria per milliliter x 354.88 = the amount of CFU’s of bacteria in each can.

At the request of Sagan Industries LLC, nine (9) cans of Blue Can Water were tested by Biological Consulting Services of North Florida, Inc. Here are the results listed by can:

CAN Bacteria per Milliliter  x 354.88 Total Bacterial CFU’s per 12 oz can
1 A 3,330 1,181,750
2 B 3,330 1,181,750
3 C 3,330 1,181,750
4 D 3,330 1,181,750
5 E 3,330 1,181,750
6 F 10,100 3,685,288
7 G 9,480 3,364,262
8 H 7,600 2,697,088
9 I 1,250 443,600
Bacteria in Blue Can Water

Image of bacterial growth from water research lab of Blue Can Water test can B

Test Results Were Disturbing to Say the Least

As you can see, the results are not good. The lab technicians note at the end of each analysis read: Analysis Notes: Estimated value. Plate was overgrown with bacterial colonies.

A friend of mine had a case of  Blue Can Water and agreed to give us a few cans to examine ourselves.

Guess what we discovered? Hard Cans!! Several of the cans were hard and not pliable at all. When you grab a can of Coke or other soft drink, you notice the can has a little give to it. These cans met the description of the cans which prompted Sagan Industries LLC to have the first test done.  I don’t think I will be drinking out of these cans any time soon.


As you can see in this photo of Blue Can Water, the bottom of the can is noticeable distended.

Blue Can Water can distended from gases inside can

Blue Can Water close up shows how distended the bottom of the can is. Could this be caused from bacterial off-gasing?











Additional Testing of Blue Can  – Pretty Discouraging

As I mentioned above, two other reputable companies commissioned additional testing on Blue Can Water. I have outlined the results in table form as I did above on the Sagan Industries LLC tests. See the bottom of the post for links to the actual test results.


Ready Project Test Results

CAN   Bacteria per Milliliter  x 354.88   Total Bacterial CFU’s per 12 oz can
1 A 0 0
2 B 0 0
3 C 10,400 3,690,752
4 D 0 0
5 E 888 315,133
6 F 0 0

Ready America Test Results

CAN   Bacteria per Milliliter  x 354.88   Total Bacterial CFU’s per 12 oz can
1 A 2,180 773,638
2 B 9 3,016
3 C 45 15,792
4 D 875 310,520


I found these results to be astounding! At first I thought I had made a mistake in calculating the total bacteria CFU’s per 12 ounce can, but it is correct based upon the sample taken by the laboratory. So, “Fact or Fiction”, does Blue Can Water contain bacteria? You can study the laboratory test reports as I have and make your own conclusion. My conclusion — Fact, the Blue Can Water cans tested by a trusted water laboratory absolutely demonstrated the evidence of bacteria in 15 of 19 cans of Blue Can Water. That is 15 cans too many for me and my family.

Here are the links to the separate lab reports for your own review.

Sagan Industries LLC / Blue Can Water test results

Ready Project / Blue Can Water test results

Ready America /Blue Can Water test results


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