Water Barrel - 55 Gallon Drum



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The 55-Gallon water barrel is one of the easiest and most effective ways to store water for long term. The 55-Gallon water barrel is one of the easiest and most effective ways to store water for long term. A person can live for weeks without food, but without water your body can be significantly damaged in a matter of days. That is why, in an emergency, water may be the most important supply to have available. Each 55-gallon barrel provides enough water for drinking, cooking, and light personal sanitation for 4 people.
  • No additional shipping cost beyond our normal shipping charges
  • The dark blue color of this 55 gallon barrel restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria
  • New and ready to use

Great Water Storage

Purchasing another one just like this one; have been very happy so far after many years. No problems!

Posted on 1/26/14 by Sue

Used to be thicker walled.

I purchased these same barrels a few years back. Re-ordered 4 more and I believe that the new ones are not as heavy weight as the first ones I purchased. Thin walled. I hope they hold up for long term storage.

{Response from Emergency Essentials - I am happy to report that the barrel thickness has not changed with the exception of the ring above the barrel (not part of the barrel itself) which is used for stacking empty barrels during transit. The barrels are (and have been) 2.2 mm or 90 mil. The 90 mil measurement is visible on the bottom.

Posted on 10/29/13 by AustinTX

55 gallon barrels

I purchased 3 two years ago. Glad I did-excellent product!

Posted on 4/6/13 by prankster

Best Value

I bought 4 of these. And with the great shipping cost, these are the best value anywhere. Very strong and well made. Before I found these, I paid that much for four 30 gallon barrels from Brand X.

Posted on 3/29/13 by Bud

Best Barrel for the Money

This is the best water barrel I have found on the market. Great price & fast delivery. Highly recommended & I will be purchasing more.

Posted on 12/5/10 by JG


Not too much to say. Shipped in a box so you can stay low key. Comes with 2 bungs.

Posted on 8/28/09 by Jeff

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55 Gallon Water Barrel
Coarse Thread Bung Nut
Fine Thread (NPT) Bung Nut

Replacement bung nuts sold separately.
Tech Specs
Water drum dimensions: 34 3/4" x 22 3/4"
Water barrel weight after filling with water is approximately 480 lbs.
  • Made from Heavy-duty, thick, high molecular weight polyethylene FDA approved resin and BPA free
  • Barrel thickness - 0.090 inches (2.2 mm)
Additional Info
Useful Tips:
  • It is recommend that you store your barrel out of direct sunlight and on a pallet or wood riser to keep it off the direct ground.
  • Regularly rotating your water helps flush out any accidental contamination.
  • Use our Emergency Siphon for easy draining.
  • For outdoor storage, set on NE corner of your home to reduce exposure to sunlight. Also be sure to protect barrel from freezing temperatures, or leave 9 “ of headspace to allow for expansion.
    • Water Barrel - 55 Gallon Drum
    • Water Barrel - 55 Gallon Drum