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Top 10 Emergency Water Storage Containers

Water storage is an essential part of any survival guide. These varying types and sizes of water storage containers are great in case of an emergency like a hurricane, earthquake or flood. Be sure you're prepared!

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Containervia WaterStorageCube

BPA-Free Collapsible Water Container with Spigot

Prepare to quickly and easily store all the water you need with this collapsible water container from WaterStorageCube. Environmentally friendly (no BPA, PVC or DEHP), and it’s food safe, odorless and tasteless. Capable of withstanding a 4-foot drop or heavy pressure, it’s a super-strong and reusable container that can dry completely, fold and be stored away when not in use. The product also features a leak-free lid/spigot. Check out these 10 ways to heat your house in an emergency.

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gallonsvia Augason Farms

Emergency Water Storage Kit


The drum in this water storage supply kit holds 55 gallons of water. The barrel is BPA-free and made from food-grade polyethylene that meets strict EPA guidelines. Perfect for emergency water storage in the event of water contamination and natural disasters. The treated water has up to a four-year shelf life, and the kit includes 2-inch barrel plug fittings, a 6-foot siphon hose with hand pump, Aquamira water-treatment bottles and a barrel opener. Use this how-to guide to help you protect your property and loved ones in advance of an emergency.

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nylonvia Extra Packaging Corp.

AQUATANK2 Water Storage


This deceptively tough 300-gallon storage bladder is made of state-of-the-art material that’s thinner and lighter than a rubber bladder. The inner lining is 100-percent food-grade TPU (polyurethane) and the outer shell is durable nylon. If disaster strikes, you can access the water easily. The inlet and outlet tubes make filling and using the water a breeze. Learn what to do during a flood with this severe weather guide.

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Stackables via Saratoga Farms

5-Gallon Stackables


These easy-stacking, space-saving containers feature a flat bottom and top, so they can nestle together. You can store more water in less space, thanks to the innovative design. The containers have a built-in handle that makes them easy to move around, which is important if time isn’t on your side. These containers hold 40 days worth of drinking water. Here’s how to make a DIY emergency candle.

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Watervia waterBOB

Emergency Drinking Water Storage

This water containment system from waterBOB can hold up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in just about any bathtub. It keeps washer fresh and clean for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitation for up to 16 weeks. It’s made of tough, heavy-duty plastic that’s FDA food grade compliant and BPA-free. When disaster strikes and there’s no water coming out of the tap, don’t get left high and dry. Instead, follow our advice on storing water so you’ll always have an immediate reserve.

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Drumvia SKOLNIK

55-Gallon Carbon Steel Drum

Coated with a rust inhibitor, SKOLNIK’s carbon steel drum is a seriously sturdy product for storing water when disaster strikes. The rust-resistant inner coating and excellent rust-proof paint on the exterior mean you can use the product for years to come. Take a look at these 12 common home emergencies and how to deal with them.

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Tankvia Legacy Premium Food Storage

320 Gallon Capacity Emergency Water Storage Tank


Each of these heavy-duty storage tanks can hold up to 160 gallons of water. They’re BPA-free, stackable, connectable and come with a free 330 gallon water treatment kit. Made from specially blended UV resistant plastic, the high capacity tanks help you to be prepared with a water supply in case of an emergency. Each tank features two standard garden spigots. Check out what you need to keep on hand in case of a major (or minor) emergency.

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Reservoir via RomoTech

Vertical Polyethylene 550-Gallon Reservoir


This large reservoir features a thick-walled and heavy-duty design while also being translucent for easy water level visibility and this polyethylene storage tank is approved for potable water. You’ll find molded-in channels for saddle straps as well as molded-in graduation marks in gallons and liters. Check out these 16 must-have emergency kit items to survive a storm.

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Emergencyvia Augason Farms

275-Gallon Emergency Water Storage Tank


This 275-gallon emergency water storage tank is constructed with FDA and HPFB (Health Products and Food Branch of the Canadian government) approved food grade polyethylene, so you can safely store pure water for desperate times without the fear of chemical contamination. The tank utilizes a gravity-fed system that eliminates the need for expensive water pumps when the power goes out. The tank also comes with two spigots that can be hooked up to a hose. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the best generator.

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Barrel via Good Ideas

50-Gallon Rain Barrel


This oak barrel can provide 50 gallons of pure, unchlorinated water in times of emergency. The attractive design comes in various colors, which is great for those who want it to blend in with their home and yard. It features a plastic mesh screen as well, which keeps out bugs, animals and debris while still being easy to remove for cleaning and maintenance. If you prefer a DIY rain barrel, here’s how to build one.

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Alexa Erickson
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