Practical, Portable, Drinking Water Storage Container


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. One that also can simply set on a table with a convenient spigot.

Here’s what I settled on…


Reliance Aqua-Tainer

safe plastic water jug


7-Gallons Water Storage

One reason I chose this particular container was for it’s capacity, 7 gallons.

I can handle this 7-gallon container at 56-pounds filled (water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon).

I also use a folding hand-truck dolly for transport when needed. This exact one (along with a bungee).

Hand Truck Dolly, folding, rated to 150 pounds

Having 7 gallons provides a one-week supply at the recommended MINIMUM water storage of 1-gallon per person per day (bare minimum).

Read more: Water Storage & Availability (Level 2 Prepping & Preparedness)


Tip: 5 gallon water jugs will weigh less when filled (about 40-pounds filled). Here’s a nice one from Coleman, also with a spigot:

Coleman Water Carrier
Coleman water container, 5 gallons with spigot


AQUA-TAINER Spigot Design

I like the Aqua-Tainer because of its spigot design.

It uniquely fits inside the cap for storage. This 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 have a spare Spigot Assembly:

Reliance Products Replacement SPIGOT ASSEMBLY
Spigot assembly for Reliance Products water container


Wide Mouth Water Opening

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


Heavy Duty Material

The container is made of heavy duty material (another reason that I chose it). I’ve used this one for years and 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.

Drinking Water Storage – How Long In Plastic Containers?

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 that.

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.

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