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Alternative rainwater storage question

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by enbloc, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. enbloc

    enbloc Eight-On-Tap

    Feb 16, 2011
    Has anyone used a heavy duty trash barrel (I'm thinking Rubbermaid)
    as an alternative to the 55 gallon poly drums?

    If so, can they take the weight?

  2. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    I have filled up WAY less sturdy trash bins with water.

    The key would be keeping it from heating up in the sun.

  3. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Aceman is correct! It may not be the ideal container but it will work.
  4. Lowdown3


    Apr 10, 2008
    Material is thin, not sure how well plumbing a hose bib or output would go.

    These types of things aren't overly resistant to UV. I've seen them go to crack and crumbling even in a shady area in a couple seasons.

    Why not pickle barrels, like here-
  5. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    Where I live you can buy a 55 gallon food grade barrel for $25 and they are very thick. I have some in my garage filled with water and they never leak.
  6. im not sure i'm fully comfortable with trash can use as you would want to line them. id bet they have the same non food grade release agents used in buckets that people keep arguing back and forth on.

    right now i am using food grade barrels from a local source for $12 ea and 300 gallon totes for $75 ea.

    in an emergency, id use any container i could get short of the pesticide bottles :)
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011

    EODLRD AF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2003
    Where do you go for a thing like that?

    Sent from my ADR6400L
  8. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    I looked on Craigs List and found a guy who had a thousand of them. I think that he was hooked up with a local pepsi bottler.
  9. my barrels came from a local farm supply store. the 300 gallon tanks came from a guy on craigslist that transports honey in them and then steam cleans and resells them.