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Need some advice.

I live in an apartment, and want to store 4/5 at least 5 Gallon jugs, does anyone have any links or advice on which to get that wont leach the chemicals of the plastic into the water since itll be for long term storage etc..

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There are many arguements and points to consider. I personally just use the one gallon water bottles for 1 dollar each.
5 gallon jugs are heavy. I have seen some "water conatianiers" that were rectangular or square, at walmart for 14-20 dollars. They dont stack very well.
I hope that after Christmass, when money gets normal again, I make a trip to the store and buy a few cases of the gallon drinking water. If kept in the shipping box, away from light, I want to rotate them at 6 month intervals.
 

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I assume you are going to fill 5 gallon pails with water to have around for an emergency. You could go with food grade plastic pails. I get mine from a bakery, but I think you might get a taste infusing into the water. Others have talked about using milk jugs but I've heard that you can't clean them well enough, but as I said other says they have no problems. The research I've done says to dump the water every 6 months and refill. Personally I use bottled water and store in milk crates so I can stack them 6 high. Another possible idea is a "water bob".
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage
Don't forget your hot water heater.
 

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I assume you are going to fill 5 gallon pails with water to have around for an emergency. You could go with food grade plastic pails. I get mine from a bakery, but I think you might get a taste infusing into the water. Others have talked about using milk jugs but I've heard that you can't clean them well enough, but as I said other says they have no problems. The research I've done says to dump the water every 6 months and refill. Personally I use bottled water and store in milk crates so I can stack them 6 high. Another possible idea is a "water bob".
WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage
Don't forget your hot water heater.
Thanks. I do already have a water bob, and already have bottled water, however i dont think its enough. I would like to have at least 4/5 , 5 gallon jugs of water stored. But i wasnt sure if all the generic jugs have to be dumped every 6 months or if theres longer lasting ones. At walmart theres 5 gallon jugs with water in them for $5 each, seems like a good deal but again i want it for long term so if the container is not bpa free then it wint help, just want to see if theres other options.
 

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When we lived in Houston we had a 30cuft deep freezer that we bought from the Blue Bell factory in Brenham, Texas. It was an energy hog but you could put a LOT of frozen goodies in there. So I bought those round gallon stackable water bottles and lined the bottom with water jugs. They froze and kept there. If we ever lost power, there would be a giant cold mass in the bottom of the freezer.
 

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Hmmmm, I think that the question was info on the type of 5 gal jugs that do or don't leach chemicals into the water, not what you think is a good way to store water. I have a large deep freeze that I use to store water and freeze it so that I think it would stop the process, with the added benefit that if the power dropped out it would keep the food cool for a while. I suggest that you actually call some companies that provide 5 gal jugs of water and ask them how long you can store their water in those jugs.

Another benefit of those jugs is that you can use them when you gather rain water, which should be pretty much chemical free, to kill any microbes by putting the water in the CLEAR 5 gallon jugs and putting them in direct sunlight for 6 hours. I know that you live in an apartment, but if you have a balcony or someplace else you can gather rain water, they would be very handy.
 

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I'm storing water in 5 gallon jugs purchased from Walmart. I believe they are made by Coleman. I started by buying the Arrowhead 1 gallon jugs when they were on sale for 99 cents. I found that they don't stack well and would split open with the weight of the others on top of them. I still store these because of ease of use but I don't stack them and rotate them thru my refrigerator. I'm storing the water indefinitely in the 5 gal jugs and will filter the water if needed for drinking and will use it for other uses as needed.

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We have 7 gallon "AquaTainers" made be Reliance. I pick them up at Wally World for $12 each. They have a handle and the cap is flipable with a hidden spigot. The bottom is formed to allow stacking over the handle of the jug beneath it. For some reason there is only 1 or 2 on the shelf in the camping section at a time. Probably due to space limitations.

Nothing beats the 55 gallon drum or 250+ gallon tote for storage though, if you have the room.
 

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personally I have me eye on some 20 litre collapsible gerrys, don't know how well they will stack (prob on there side) but for use the "moments before" something happens, we all get ample warnings for most disasters that effect water supplies..

saying that the purchase of this is to supplement "bottled water stores"
 

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EPA Research Study
Here is a link to the same company's EPA report touting their "Water Preserver" that is supposed to preserve water for 8 years (ad only says for 5 years). The report identifies the "preserver as a blend of "something and 5.25% chlorine bleach. The bottle says:
"Active ingredients
Sodium hypochlorite 5.25%
Inert ingredients 94.75%"
They want almost $12 (reduced price) for a bottle to treat 50-55 gallons, using 8 drops per gallon of water (just like the EPA recommends when using chlorine bleach). Looks like the bottle says 0.72 fluid ounces, around $1200.00 per gallon. Wow!
And I thought bottled water was expensive!!!
 

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Sodium Hypochlorite is the same active ingredient in bleach and most bleaches are at 5% to 6% or so. They are selling repackaged bleach for a ton of money. Just go to the grocery store and pick up a gallon of the cheapest bleach they have. 12 drops per gallon will keep your water for over two years - That is what I do and after two years I use it and refill.
 

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I would suggest 4 or 5 gallon food grade buckets for water storage in an apartment. The larger containers are good but you will not only have space issues but WEIGHT issues if you put too much water in 1 spot.

A few ways to make it fun, replace your bed frame and mattress foundation with a grid of 5 gallon buckets, put a piece of plywood over them and then your mattress, shazzam easy water storage.

You could also use several buckets with a top for end tables, coffee table, TV stand. If you put a fabric cover over 4 buckets and a glass top you have a really nice end table and water out of sight.

Search Craigslist and you can get the buckets for $1-2 each with lids which is considerably cheaper than the commercial options mentioned above, ALSO good grade buckets don't give a funny taste to the water, I haven't found one of those $15 water cans that doesn't give off a taste and odor.
 

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