Water Storage Containers

Water Storage Containers

Perhaps the only thing more important than food in a long-term emergency is water.  Even the food you do have probably needs water to be cooked and eaten – especially dried beans and grains. Seriously, have you ever tried to bite into a dried bean? What is even more concerning is that water can be “bad” without anyone ever knowing it until it is too late. Crystal clear water can have dangerous bacteria growing in it, chemical run-off, high levels of lead, mercury, or even arsenic! Even if you store perfectly good water, storing it in the wrong way will mean that when you really need it, you will find yourself drinking poison rather than water. Just as critical as knowing how to store water, is knowing how not to store water. What NOT to Use Non-food-grade plastic. While some people would say that all plastic is questionable, for long term storage, certainly non-food-grade plastic is definitely out. The plastic containers can leech dangerous chemicals into anything you store in them, degrade over time, and often are so thin that rodents, bugs, and other pests have no trouble finding their way into the container. Food grade plastic which has previously stored things other than food. While you may be able to get great cheap or free barrels through Freecycle, Craig’s List, or scouting what is laying around your neighborhood, better to find another use for them besides food or water unless you know with absolute certainty what was in them before. Any kind of chemical (yes – including cleaners) could soak into the plastic and then soak right back out again into your long-term water storage. Food grade plastic which previously stored fruit, juice, syrup, or milk. Right about now, you are probably thinking – I know, I can use old milk jugs and juice bottles! Yes, they are plastic. Yes, they are food grade. But the sugars in fruit and milk are impossible to completely remove from the plastic, and can easily start your own petri dish of bacteria over time. I am sure you will be able to think of another use for these (or at least recycle them), but water storage is not the thing. Any kind of cardboard. These easily break, soak up unwanted materials, or leak. Anything else contaminated. While you might think if you just wash it well enough then it will be fine, don’t take chances with your water – it is just too important! Other than glass, or stainless steel, which can be sterilized by boiling in hot water for at least 20 minutes, it is better to be safe than sorry. How Much to Store How much water you need will largely depend on a variety of factors: How many people are in your family The presence of water locally Average rainfall for your area If you have pets or other animals you will need to care for Whether or not any family members have special medical conditions How much activity you will be doing The temperature of your environment Store at least one gallon of water, per person, per day. Consider this an absolute base-line though, as many of the above considerations could up your family water needs considerably. If you live in a desert area, with little local water, women in your family who may be pregnant or nursing, children, and a couple pets, you will want to triple that amount, or more. Storage Options Even if you are not sure how much you will eventually need, it is best to start somewhere and store what you can. One easy way to do this is just to buy a few cases of bottled water and store them away from heat and light (which can cause the plastic to leech chemicals into the water). Ultra Efficient Water Filter Fits In Your Pocket! Beyond that, you can start a more aggressive plan to provide clean water to your family in the event of an emergency. Plastic. As noted above, there are many plastics you should not even consider. That being said, there is growing research that plastics in general are less than ideal – especially those that contain the chemical BPA, or phthalates. Reducing our use of plastic across the board is a good idea. However, the reason that plastics have become so ubiquitous is that they have some unique properties and advantages. They are lighter than glass, less likely to break, and are easy to produce. If you do decide to go the plastic route, make sure that you are using clean, food-grade plastic, and follow appropriate rotation procedures as enumerated below. And just like the bottled water, make sure to store in a climate-controlled environment without direct sun exposure. If you can afford it, your best bet is to purchase plastic tanks specifically designed for water storage. These can even come in very large sizes that can hold many gallons of water, but obviously these will be difficult, if not impossible, to transport if you need to leave your home in a hurry. Store containers away from any fuels or chemicals as the vapors from these items can penetrate plastic over time. Glass. Glass is easy to come by, easy to sterilize, and does not pose the same risk of leeching chemicals into the water. This is if you are using food-grade glass of course. Lead crystal glass can leach lead into the water over time. The downsides to glass are that it is heavy, breaks easily, and needs to be protected from light. In a pinch though, it can be a good way to start stocking up on water. If you have limited storage space, it also has the advantage of being able to be stored near gasoline, etc. since it is impermeable. Boil the glass jars in water for 20 minutes or more and dry completely before use. Ideally, cushion the jars by wrapping in foam, paper, or even just putting them in a cardboard box, to reduce the likelihood of breakage. Stainless Steel. An alternative to glass or plastic is stainless steel. It is impermeable and does not contain harmful chemicals like glass, but is more light-weight. Since it is opaque, rather than transparent like glass, you also need to be less concerned about storing it away from any light source. It is also easy to sterilize, and does not break easily. The downside is that you may need to be concerned about whether or not your water was treated with chlorine, since chlorine can corrode steel over time. You can solve this problem by looking for steel drums that are lined with a protective coating. Of course, always make sure that your stainless steel containers are food grade. Rotating Water Supplies How often you need to rotate your water supplies will depend largely on how well you are able to store them. If you are using any kind of plastic containers, or if the containers are not in a somewhat temperature-controlled space or exposed to light from time to time, do not store the water in them for more than 6 months. In ideal storage conditions (sterilized stainless steel drums with clean water in a temperature-controlled environment) you may be able to store water for up to three years before it will need to be rotated. Ideally, do not use the water you are rotating out for drinking water. A container should be used within a short period of time after being opened, so drinking a 50-gallon drum of water in time will be a challenge. Instead, use this water as “gray” water for watering plants, washing and cleaning, or even filling up the kiddie pool in the summer. Long Term Solutions In any extended emergency, you will need to find other ways to obtain and treat water, such as a pond, lake, well, or even through rain collection. To give you time to do this, and in order to have water on hand for getting out of dodge if need be, make sure you have a water storage plan in place to provide at least a couple weeks of water for your family. You will be glad you did!
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Water Storage Containers

Water storage tanks are available throughout our nationwide network of manufacturer and distributor locations. All shapes and sizes of water tanks you could possibly need are laid out in our easy to browse products web store. Our sales staff is on call Monday thru Friday to assist with any needs or questions you may have.Vertical Plastic Water TanksWhether indoor or outdoor if you need an upright vertical water storage tank we have many sizes to choose from. We offer Green Water Tanks and Black Water Tanks which blend in nicely to the surrounding background. You also see them collecting roof water in many homes and farms these days. If you’ve decided to “Go Green” or are just facing drought conditions and rainwater collection is your only option, our outdoor water tanks are ready to do the job. Green and black water tanks are our most popular water tanks and are offered from multiple locations, including some that are NSF certified if you need county approval. You can always call and have a sales rep tell you your most cost effective options. View the most popular of our water storage tanks.If you’re placing the tank indoors and want White Water Tanks we have plenty of those as well. Like the green and black tanks they are made from FDA approved plastic resins, perfect for storing potable drinking water or emergency water storage. Most models also offer NSF approval if needed.Need to go through a doorway? We offer Doorway Water Tanks that are only 29” wide and slide easily through your doorway or attic. One of our newest additions is a 500 Gallon Doorway Tank. This one is 31” wide but still makes it through the average entry way. We pretty much offer every size vertical tank you could need, if for some reason you don’t see what you’re after please give us a call or email us what you are after, we tend to list the best sellers in categories where there are many options. Double Wall Water Tanks? We have sizes ranging from 35 to 10000 gallon for your industrial double wall water tank project. A lot of times when it comes to double wall tanks assistance is needed. We have on staff specialists who have helped set up numerous systems. You can contact our expert staff through our chemical storage questionnaire to get you started.Portable Water TanksPlastic water tanks for mobile transport use are available in many shapes and sizes, so you can be assured if you have the measurements of where you’ll tank will go, we’ll have an option. Truck Bed Water TanksNeed a tank to sit over the wheel wells in your pickup? We have truck bed style tanks that do just that. Flat Bottom Utility TanksHow about one of our durable rectangular water tanks? Horizontal Leg TanksLike the clock striking midnight there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t see a horizontal leg tank truck down the road. These industry staples continue to support construction and roadside service industries. Elliptical Water TanksBut that’s not all! We even carry elliptical cradle tanks and horizontal applicator tanks. If you need a skid mounted tank for your project then you’re well taken care of. Low Profile Water Hauling TanksTheir name says it all, these are monsters when it comes to low profile water hauling. Low Profile Water Hauling Tanks start out at 1250 gallons and work their way up to a whopping 2400 gallons of water hauling. Every year their popularity grows.Cone Bottom Water TanksPopular with the wine, beer, and biodiesel industries, our cone bottom tanks are also used in many water and wastewater treatment facilities. Up to 11500 gallons we have the sizes you need. Durable and built to last, cone bottom tanks are impressive in action. When complete drainage is required and a vertical tank can’t handle the job, a conical bottom tank gets it done every time.Rhino ATV Water TankRhino ATV Water Tank.Rotationally Molded Tanks and Parts:All dimensions are outside part dimensions in inches and may vary by the Standard Rotational Molding Tolerance of +/- 3%. Products listed are from American suppliers only.

Water Storage Containers

Water Storage Containers
Water Storage Containers
Water Storage Containers
Water Storage Containers
Water Storage Containers