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The 9 Best Water Storage Container Options

Water is the most essential need during an emergency. For some, storing bottled water is sufficient but for others, water storage containers are the best route. Good emergency storage containers will allow you to store more water in less space, prevent leaks and algae growth, and have features that make it easier to use your water during a catastrophe. Tank Depot has some of the best water storage tanks on the market including tiny containers for emergencies, as well as larger solutions for permanent water storage.

What Are Water Storage Containers?

A water storage tank is a reservoir that collects water and keeps it for later use. For home use, water from the tank travels to your tap when you turn on the kitchen faucet, to give you clean water whenever you need it. Other containers hold water for temporary use when you are away from home, and still others are used in agricultural environments to provide water for irrigation and livestock.

Water storage containers are made of opaque, food-grade polyethylene plastic and come in a drum, tank, or portable container. The best water storage containers are made of durable materials that can withstand extreme temperatures. They should also be leak-proof and have a tight seal to prevent moisture from seeping in.

9 Different Types of Water Storage Containers

What would you do if clean water wasn't available? In the event of an emergency, experts advise keeping at least three days' worth of clean water on hand. Those who rely on a private water source, such as a well or stream, may be better off than those who use city water, but any individual can get caught short of drinking water.

The following list represents the best options for water storage in various situations:

1. Long-Term

Long-term water storage containers are best for holding large quantities of water (35-12,500 gallons). To provide an absolute minimum survival quantity of water, each person requires one gallon of water every day. One-half gallon is consumed for drinking and the other half for hygiene purposes. If you're building a long-term water supply that will replace your normal source for an extended period, assume that you will need about 300 gallons a day for an average family.

2. Camping

If you're going to dry camp, having a water supply on hand is crucial for drinking, bathing, and washing dishes. Bringing your own water to a campsite, however, does not have to be difficult if you have an adequate vehicle for a camping water storage system. If you are camping near a water source, you may use a portable filter system, otherwise, small potable water containers are the best solution.

3. Drinking Water

If you're looking for a small, lightweight water container to take on your travels, opt for a drinking water container. These containers hold anywhere from 1 to 7 liters of water and are perfect for day trips and short hikes. They're also easy to refill at public water sources.

Providing drinking water can be as easy as storing water in gallon jugs, buying bottles by the case, utilizing truck bed storage systems, or more permanent methods if large quantities are required.

4. Emergency

Emergency water storage containers are best for short-term storage of water. These containers range in size from small pouches to large and are perfect for storing extra water in case of an emergency. They are designed for quick access and easy transportation. 

5. Stackable

Stackable water containers are ideal for small- to medium-sized storage needs. With a capacity of up to 590 gallons, these containers can be stacked on top of each other to save space.

6. Water Pillow

Water pillows are a newer type of water storage container that is quickly gaining popularity. These pillow-shaped containers hold up to 20,000 gallons of water and feature a siphon hose for easy dispensing. They lay flat and can be stored in various locations where vertical space is at a minimum.

7. Portable

Portable water storage containers are perfect for those who need to transport large quantities of water but don't have a lot of space to store it. These containers range in size from 50 to 500 gallons and can be transported in the back of a truck. 

8. Above Ground

Above-ground water storage tanks are the most common options discussed. They're typically cylindrical and can be made from various materials, including plastic, steel, or fiberglass. These tanks are usually made of polyethylene plastic and range in size from 100 to 15,000 gallons. Above-ground tanks are quick and easy to set up and are often used for short-term storage or as a backup to an existing water supply.

9. Underground

Underground water tanks are best for storing large quantities of water (250-20,000 gallons). The underground location helps keep the water cooler and protects it from sunlight, which can cause algae growth. When choosing an underground water storage tank, be sure to select a durable material that can withstand the weight of the earth above it. These tanks come with self-locking covers and are ideal for campgrounds, resorts, vacation homes, and construction sites.

*Please note that it is never advised to place an above-ground tank underground. The weight of the soil will eventually crush your tank resulting in costly repairs, contaminated water, and a useless water storage solution. 

Tank Depot Can Handle All Your Water Storage Needs

At Tank Depot, we carry a wide selection of water storage containers in various sizes and styles to suit your needs, and our prices are unbeatable. If you're not sure which type of container is best for your needs, reach out to a water storage expert at Tank Depot. Contact us today to help you choose the best water storage container for your needs.

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