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Water Storage Barrels --used ---safe to store potential drinking water ?
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5 Sep ’16 - 1:18 am
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Hope this belongs in the food section.

NEW 55 Gallon water storage barrels cost about $90 on many websites.

I saw a place that sells what seems to be the same 55 gallon barrels used for $20 or $25.

From the ad:

"55 gallon plastic barrels food grade used once to transport food products.
cleaned barrels 25.00
dirty barrels 20.00
there are many usages for these barrels and are safe to use-- rain barrel--compost--dog houses--flotation--cattle troughs--water barrels--barrel racing"

 

I see no problem using these for general use, however, does anyone have opinions on using them to store water that may or could be used for drinking in case of an emergency ?  

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I would just double check to make sure you can return them, just because they are food grade you have no idea what was stored in them, when we bought our 275 gallon totes for our rainwater catchment system one of them had a white film on the water when it filled and a strong chemical odor, the guy we bought them from was cool about swapping it out for a different one

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KVR said
I would just double check to make sure you can return them, just because they are food grade you have no idea what was stored in them, when we bought our 275 gallon totes for our rainwater catchment system one of them had a white film on the water when it filled and a strong chemical odor, the guy we bought them from was cool about swapping it out for a different one  

 

KVR, Great information and thanks.

 

I think for potential drinking water this pushes me towards a new container.

 

On a related note I just noticed that W M sells 5 gallon water storage containers.   May be a nice way to at least make sure you have  a few gallons around for short term needs. Recent storms brings that to mind.

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I get my 50 gallon plastic drums from a gentlemen that picks them up from a Chinese food restaurant the label says soy sauce and theirs typically a plastic bag with a gallon or 2 still in it. I would check around local food suppliers and see what you find. I get mine for 10 dollars a piece, and i can get the 275 square ones with a support frame for around 60 to 75 dollars each.

I would build a shed or at least paint the clear/white containers to keep sunlight out.

 

Good luck!

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Nice, will have to check walmart today

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