One reason for choosing this particular container was it’s larger-than-typical size, 7 gallons. I like this one because of its spigot design which uniquely fits inside the cap for storage, which prevents it from becoming lost and is protected from damage while in storage or transit.
It’s heavy duty material is the final reason I chose the Reliance model Aqua-Tainer water container.
In addition to knowing how to purify water, you should also have a good drinking water filter and drinking water storage. Even if you live nearby a water source, you will still need to be able to transport it to your home, and the containers to use while doing so.
For a sole purpose of storing lots of water at home, large barrels seem to be one of the better solutions for sure. I too have switched to the 5 and 7 gallon containers like the ones shown and from Wal Mart. Also, there is a filter for the Aqua-Tainer also made by Reliance that would handy to have in case you are forced to use the container for questionable water. I accidentally left three Aquatainers in my garage last winter filled to the top with water and the caps on.
In developed countries, having clean water at your disposal at anytime is often just expected to always be available.
During natural disasters, these services can be disrupted or compromised, causing the water supply to become contaminated or undeliverable.
The importance of proper water storage for emergencies can sometimes be the difference between life and death.
When collecting water that isn’t meant for drinking, you can pretty much use anything to store it, but when storing water that is meant for human consumption, it is important to only use containers that are made with materials that are rated as food grade.  Stay away from any container that has been used to store anything you wouldn’t consume, especially chemicals.

The easiest and probably the best way to store safe drinking water is to buy cases of bottled water from the store. If you choose to use tap water, it’s recommended to use food grade containers that are specifically designed to store water.
If you don’t have much money and still want to store water, then your best option would be empty 2 liter soft drink bottles. If you are using regular tap water, then you can simply fill your bottles and store them.  Water coming from your local utility has already been treated with chlorine and doesn’t require any additional treatment. Remember that stored drinking water has an expiration date and should be used and rotated regularly to make sure your supply is always fresh. I’ve found that storing water in plastic 50 Gallon food grade drums works well as long as you invest in the proper type of drum wrench. There are all sorts of good water containers to choose from, and this particular Reliance Aqua-Tainer is one of the many good choices you might consider.
Another issue is that bottled water comes in thin clear plastic containers, which means they have to be protected from light for long term storage.
Having 7 gallons provides a one-week supply at the recommended water storage of 1-gallon per person per day. Although I was initially looking for a 5-gallon heavy duty water container (40-pounds filled), I can still handle this 7-gallon container at 56-pounds filled (water weighs 8 pounds a gallon). Our water is collected and treated for us by treatment plants to remove contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria and disease. Quick water treatment solutions such as boiling or chlorinating water are only a short term solution and depending on the type of contamination may not even be useful.
To use these, after you have washed them out with soap and water, you must sanitize them with a solution of 1 quart water mixed with 1 teaspoon of non scented bleach.

If you must use something different, stay away from empty milk and juice containers as the milk proteins and fruit sugars in these bottles cannot always be completely removed, creating a potential hazard by providing an environment for bacterial growth. However, if you plan on using well water or any other type of non-treated water, it is recommended to add a couple of drops of non-scented bleach that contains 5.25 % sodium hypochlorite into your container right before sealing. Your emergency water storage should be changed out every six months, so it’s a good idea to mark the containers with the date they were filled.
Reversing the spigot for normal operation is simple, and the water flow spigot lever feels heavy duty and doesn’t drip. I spot check the water and containers each year during rotation, and have not had any issues with them.
A person can survive for weeks without food but can only last 3 days without water; it’s that important. Also you don’t have to do anything to prepare the water and there is no chance of making mistakes that could cause problems later.
Shake the solution thoroughly in the bottle and then rinse the bottle out with clean water. Commercially bottled has an expiration date too that is printed on each bottle and may last a little long then water you have stored at home. Considering the importance of safe drinking water and the relatively low cost to store it, having an emergency water storage supply is never a bad idea. It’s easy to see how clean water can be taken for granted and just assumed that it will always be there.

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