Water storage barrels

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rdeslonde
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Water storage barrels

Does anyone know where to buy 55 gallon (or other large size) food grade water barrels that aren't $90+? I know the food industry must use some form of food grade barrel for all the various liquids etc. and I know they aren't paying $90+/barrel. There must be some way of getting these cheaper. If I am going to try to store enough water for a family of 5 for several months, I just can't afford those prices.

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Try Craigslist or ebay

Try Craigslist or ebay

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Try Baytec Containers

I have ordered from these folks and they have excellent choices, prices, sizes, different fittings and rapid service.

And no I have no connection to them ;-)

http://www.bayteccontainers.com/waterbags.html

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Farm, Ranch, Feed Stores

Besides what joemanc suggested, you might also look at feed/farm & ranch stores.  They usually have 55 gallon barrels (olive type) available at at bit lower price.  And you won't have to pay for shipping.

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55 gallon drums for rainwater

55 gallon drums for rainwater collection are a joke.  That small amount would only be suitable for emergency rations for a few people, provided the water was sanitized first.  If you want to use the water for plants, you will need many hundreds of gallons, at least, in any semi-arid area.

A much better idea is a home-made tank, using plywood and EPMD liner (or equivalent).  You can easily store thousands of gallons in such a tank.  Another option is an above-ground swimming pool or something like it, but then you will need to figure out how to prevent or minimize algae growth.

Personally, we use a pair of 5K storage tanks, and another pair of 800 gallon tanks for another garden area.  That is 11,600 gallons.  This is not enough to make it through a long, hot summer (like the one we just had) but it gets us more than 3/4 of the way through.

After much thought, empirical research and experience, I think the way to go is hugelculture beds combined with reservoirs for rainwater storage.  Minimize use, maximize storage capability.  A 55-gallon barrel or three for a reality-based garden is like putting an RV-sized solar charger on the roof of your 3,000 sq ft home and calling it "off the grid"...:)

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for human consumption

My primary concern is water for human consumption. I am certainly not a sophisticated enough gardener to even consider irrigation yet.

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rdeslonde wrote: My primary

rdeslonde wrote:

My primary concern is water for human consumption. I am certainly not a sophisticated enough gardener to even consider irrigation yet.

rdeslonde -

http://www.usplastics.com/

Many options here - scalable to just about any capacity and system arrangement you need/want.  If you are talking about emergency use you can get around any poly outgassing concerns.  Considering people will drink from a toilet in an emergency, waving the "But polyethylene might outgas" flag is kind of silly IMO.

Why do you think you need to be sophisticated to be a gardener? 

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Keyboard alert! Dogs, set down your beverage.

Dogs, to be a sophisticated gardener, you need sophistry. As in, when describing a tomato you grew, holding up your hands about three feet apart and saying, "You should've seen the one that got away!"

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