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- EASY STACKING, SPACE SAVINGS CONTAINERS: With the flat bottoms and tops, these containers can nestle together for easy stacking. This will save you space and be more convenient than other containers. Instead of trying to move around a large container, you can easily pick up a 5-gallon container and use as needed.
- THE QUALITY YOU DESERVE: The Stackable Water Container Kit is made from 100 percent non-toxic food-grade plastic. That means there is no leaching and the plastic is more durable than others. They are BPA free and made from high density polyetholene which means you are getting a high quality water container that will resist abuse.
- IDEAL CONTAINERS FOR ANY SITUATION: Whether you're looking for a durable water container for emergency storage, camping, boating, road trips, etc. this kit is exactly what you've been looking for. Each 5-gallon water container has a built in handle that makes transporting these containers a breeze.
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Storing emergency water just got a little bit easier! Water is the most important element of survival, yet if you are storing water in old milk jugs around your house, it gets messy. Plus, the plastic on water jugs is thin, flimsy, and easily pierced which makes them impractical to store for a natural disaster situation. These 5-gallon water containers are made from a sturdy 100% food-grade plastic (BPA free) meaning they will hold up during an emergency. The opaque material prevents bacterial growth so you won’t need to scrub the container every month in order to retain a clean water supply and because they are stackable, these water containers don’t take up a lot of floor space, giving you room for other emergency supplies. The average recommended water amount per person falls into three different categories. Those categories are Drinking Water, Cleaning and Hygiene, and Cooking. The Institute of Medicine advised that men should consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) and women should consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of water per day. For cleaning and hygiene it's recommended to have 2 cups or 16 oz for one day. For water used for cooking, it can vary on how much water is used if you have Freeze Dried, Dehydrated or Tsogo. To make things simple, we recommend to have 4 Cups or 32 oz worth of water for cooking. PLEASE NOTE: To avoid leaking, tighten cap well. The vast majority are able to do so by hand. For those that are not able to fasten the cap tight enough by hand, we recommend using channel locks and Teflon Tape as needed.
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Original review: Overall I'm (only) OK with these. I bought a 4-pack of 5 gallons each, received today, filled with water and put in storage. They do stack well (I'm only going 2 high) and they work as intended to store water for the long-term. They seem rugged enough to handle everyday use for camping, etc. as well. I also bought the separate spout (8 bucks) which works OK also.
But I took off a couple stars for the following reasons. Each is a fairly minimal complaint but taken together I think they are reasonable to mention.
1. Advertised as BPA-free in the Amazon listing, this is not noted on the container anywhere nor on the box they arrived in. There are numbers and other info molded into the plastic, why not a notice about BPA as well to give the customer reassurance and help with info later when someone looks at these as a possible source of drinking water. I used a marker to write "BPA Free" on the top of each container. These do smell like plastic when new. I rinsed them with vinegar and then fresh water which helped, before filling for storage.
2. There was no instruction or data sheet enclosed. Not everyone will realize you can (optionally) drill a vent hole under a small white cap at the rear to aid in pouring water (I did not). There's no discussion about drilling into the big cap to attach a hose (which it is apparently designed to optionally do). Using the big cap is not 100% intuitive. It has a locking ring at its base (similar to what you see on a sealed gallon of milk, only larger) and it's not clear that this must be removed from the cap before you can unscrew the cap again (at least that what it seemed like to me). This cap ring apparently requires a boxcutter or similar sharp tool to remove, once you tighten it down. You can't do it by "force" as you do when opening a jug of milk where the ring breaks off. I screwed on one cap tight just to see if it leaked and then realized about the locking ring, so I then cut it off as I could see no way to remove the cap otherwise, there's no "lock release" function. I then cut off the other cap rings before installing them. You do not need the locking ring to get a good tight seal as there is a rubber washer on the inside of the cap which seems to seal well. So to re-state this, cutting off the locking ring does not affect the seal of the cap. The locking ring is apparently intended for "permanent" storage to ensure the lid won't come loose, that's all I can think. Again, brief info about this on a sheet of paper enclosed would be helpful.
3. Probably my chief complaint is that you cannot easily drain these of water completely. If you turn them upside down, after "emptying" there is water trapped in the "shoulders" which rise above the drain spout (and are below it when the jug is inverted). You have to shake and twist the container to get perhaps the last pint of water out. This design may have been necessary to allow for stacking but perhaps a better design could have gotten around this issue. For example, the typical 5-gal. "jerry can" water containers have their cap at the lowest point when inverted properly though they don't stack well as these do.
4. If priced a little better for the 4-pack I might have only taken off one star. One free spout with each 4-pack would be a nice touch, at 8 dollars the spouts are also overpriced being made of simple plastic and not looking too rugged at that. These containers are adequate for emergency storage but perhaps not quite as good as they could be.
Very likely to get 4 more as I go through a 5 gallon jug each week for coffee and drinking and cooking. If the water goes out again, I'll need more than that for washing and doing dishes, so another set of 4 will be added comfort.
Oh, these are great for carrying, very tough and the bottoms are designed to nestle with the top of the jug below it for secure upright stacking. The have smooth sides and will be slippery on their sides so plan on them being upright. I also bought a spout to go with them but have not tested it yet. The air vent caps cover a non-vented spud, so should there be need to use the spout, I might have to drill a vent hole in the spud. No biggie.
The main caps have tamper-proof ratchet rings on the lids that click when you put them on and snap off (like bottled water from the convenience store). I do not have security concerns so cut off the rings as I needed them to seal at the well (20 miles away) and not leak during transport, and be openable for the addition of bleach once home again. I have pretty good hand strength, but found it necessary to use the wrench to torque the lids down for a secure seal. Get a wrench! You'll want it air tight so bacteria doesn't get drawn in during barometric changes. There's no way to eliminate the air pockets created by the nesting ridges on the top, so when you seal it up for storage, wrench those lids down TIGHT!
If you don't have good hand strength, get a wrench, these lids do require some effort to get then tight enough to seal but the do seal. I tested each one by tipping over on it side and pressing down on the container to build some pressure and I had no leaks. There is more to storing water then you think, read up on it, you have to do this correctly or you can set up a bateria farm in your water jug and then you don't want that.
If you are not concerned about the tampering, take it off the tamper-evidence ring, the lids tighten down easier without it, it is not necessary to seal the jug, it is just a tamper-evidencing device that will only work once anyway. The rings break right off.
No instructions with package.
They have a strong plastic smell but I was afraid to wash them out with soap for fear of leaving some residual soap making my emergency water storage the world's best laxative instead.
The caps definitely leak. Removed the little "milk jug" style locking mechanism which made it somewhat better. I plan on trying plumber's tape to make it watertight.
They are sturdy and seem to stack fine.