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Posted: 11/21/2008 9:26:58 AM EDT
I did a search as far back as possible and read most of the water storage threads. I see alot of "get 55gal food grade drums and 7 gal water jugs" and a few suggestions on where to look.

Has anyone ever found theirs locally and had no trouble aquiring them for a low cost? Where to call or look?
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 9:28:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 9:29:43 AM EDT by Cacinok]
others have mentioned that soda pop bottling plants get their syrups in the blue 55 gallon drums and sale them cheap.

i have seen on a good number of listings locally on craigs list.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:26:53 AM EDT
I have several 2nd hand "hardware" shops that carry things like used washing machines, freezers etc. around the area that carry the polypropylene barrels used for various items. Just check to be sure if you gonna use it for drinking that there wasn't any thing nasty in it before you got it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 11:54:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 12:00:14 PM EDT by Mal_means_bad]
7 gallon plastic jugs can be found at Walmart (short and square) for $11 or Kmart for $9 (tall and narrow like a metal jerry can).  Both have a carryhandle, rubber seal, and wide mouth cap with an integrated spigot.

Six months ago I found new 55 gallon blue plastic drums with a rubber seal, very wide cap, and brass spigot threaded for garden hose for $50 at Orscheln's Farm and Home.  Also fairly clean, used 55 gallon drums with two small bung holes for $20.  They have a shitton of locations in Missouri:


I found you can get new 55 gallon water tanks made from a more rigid plastic from Rural King, but you're looking at $100 or so.  For that matter, you can get everything up to a fairly huge 2000 gallon plastic water tank from Rural King, but it ain't cheap ($800).  

On second thought, that's not bad per gallon.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:06:06 PM EDT
No bottling plants locally. Not looking forward to buying jugs as my local store don't have anything larger than 3 gal. Think I'll try going to larger town toward Christmas and look there.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 3:38:32 PM EDT
its not local buy www.buylci.com has genuine new militay water cans for 15.00 apiece......great deal
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 3:49:26 PM EDT

Hey PantherArms,
I'm not sure what part of Missouri your in, but there, seems to be some in St. Louis on Craig's List


Link Posted: 11/21/2008 4:17:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 4:21:43 PM EDT by Justin-Kase]
Most of the feed stores around here have them reasonably priced.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 4:33:22 PM EDT
I really want a 275 gallon intermediate bulk container for water storage. All of 'em around here seem to have contained something other than food products or are otherwise questionable.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 5:32:06 PM EDT
Try a local car wash , many get their bulk liquids in 55gal plastic drums.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 6:12:57 PM EDT
I dont know about you, but we have a number of water storage devices in the local area, things called ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks, even wells

With it being 19 degrees this evening, Im not able to store drums of water in a climate controlled area, so its just normal country break thru the ice water for me LOL

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 6:53:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By uncool:
its not local buy www.buylci.com has genuine new militay water cans for 15.00 apiece......great deal

+1 proud owner of 5. crazy heavy duty 76 bucks or so ––felt like I got my moneys worth

Link Posted: 11/21/2008 6:56:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 7:00:03 PM EDT by BangStick1]
Originally Posted By uncool:
its not local buy www.buylci.com has genuine new militay water cans for 15.00 apiece......great deal


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Link Posted: 11/22/2008 7:47:31 AM EDT
Try the yellow pages for "drums or containers", I got a food grade 55 gal. blue drum locally for $41. It came from a place I'd known about for a long time, just didn't think it'd be a place that handled that sort of thing. They had a small warehouse full of them.

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