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Practical, Portable, Drinking Water Storage Container

September 14, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin


Awhile ago (years ago actually), I had researched and checked reviews while looking for a good quality heavy duty drinking water storage container, one that I could use while camping or RV’ing, as well as for hauling water from one place to another. It provides a water supply to simply set on the table with a convenient spigot.

Here’s what I settled on…


Reliance Aqua-Tainer Rigid Water Container

I settled on the Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container.


7-Gallons Water Storage

One reason I chose this particular container was for it’s larger-than-typical size, 7 gallons. Although I was initially looking for a 5-gallon heavy duty water container (40-pounds filled), I can still handle this 7-gallon container at 56-pounds filled (water weighs 8 pounds a gallon). Having 7 gallons provides a one-week supply at the recommended water storage of 1-gallon per person per day (bare minimum).

Note: A 5 gallon water jug will weigh less, so here’s a good one from Coleman:
Coleman Water Carrier


Spigot Design

I like this one because of its spigot design which uniquely fits inside the cap for storage, which prevents it from becoming lost while also being protected from damage when in storage or transit. The silicone O-ring seal prevents any splash or drips while snug. Reversing the spigot for normal operation is simple, and the water flow spigot lever feels heavy duty and doesn’t drip.

Note: It’s a good idea to keep a spare Spigot Assembly.
Reliance Products Replacement Spigot Assembly for Reliance Water Containers


Wide Mouth Water Opening

I also like this model water container because of its wide mouth opening, making it easier for filling and practical for dipping into – or getting in there to clean it; it just seemed like a better idea than a small opening and cap.

Some people use this container to store grains and other such dry goods.


Heavy Duty Material

The container is made of heavy duty material and is another reason that I chose this water container. After having used them for years, I can vouch for the fact that the food-grade plastic is thick and sturdy. No leaks.

Here are a few photos showing how the spout fastens to the inside of the cap, and how simple it is to switch it to the outside of the cap for use.

Water should be your number-one priority for prepping.

How To Purify Water
A Good Drinking Water Filter
Drinking Water Storage

Even if you live near a water source, you will still need to be able to collect and transport it to your home, and the containers for doing so. There are all sorts of good water containers to choose from, and this particular Reliance Aqua-Tainer is one of the many good choices that you might consider.

What do you currently use for potable water containers?