Not All Barrels are Built the Same

June 11, 2013 | 2 comment(s)

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*pictured above 55 gallon, 30 gallon, and 15 gallon tanks

Water storage containers vary in their size, color, shape, versatility and quality. We have specifically chosen our 15, 30, 55, and 160 gallon water barrels based on several criteria. These criteria include the following:

Size. It is recommended by preparedness experts to have at least 14 gallons of water stored per person. This provides one gallon of water a day for two weeks. Our 15 Gallon Water Barrel provides one person with this minimum amount. Our 30 Gallon Water Barrel provides this minimum amount for two; 55 Gallon Water Barrel the minimum for four people; and our 160 gallon tank stores the minimum amount for about eleven people.

Color. Most people would think that blue would indicate water and it generally does. You may want to mark your barrel indicating “Water” so in case of a fire or similar natural disaster, emergency personnel know that water is being stored in it and not a flammable material. Gasoline and other fuel should only be stored in red containers. The blue barrel’s dark color also restricts light and helps prevent algae growth.

Quality. Our water barrels are high quality, offering ultimate reliability and integrity. These barrels are manufactured with prime resin and FDA-approved, high-molecular-weight, high-density polyethylene. They are BPA free and the 160 gallon Water Reserve is UV coated to prevent light penetration.

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*160 gallon tank

As a reminder, it is recommended not to store your filled water barrel directly on cement. It is wise to use an insulating barrier, such as wood, between the barrel and cement to prevent accidental absorption of concrete fumes or trapped stagnant odors. It is recommended to rotate the water annually (using a drinking water safe hose).

Purchasing a quality water barrel is a wise investment. When choosing water storage containers remember that not all barrels are built the same.

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  • Charles Askren  |  April 20, 2014

    15 or 30 gal drums $?

  • beprepared  |  April 21, 2014

    Hi Charles,
    A 15 gallon barrel costs $59.95. A 30 gallon barrel costs $69.95. However, both are on sale this month (April 2014). Check out the sale prices here

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