275 gallon IBC totes

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  1. Atlas

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    Intermediate Bulk Containers of IBC totes are becoming more and more popular for water storage. They come in both 275 gallon (pictured here) and 330 gallon capacities, with the 275 gallon size being the more common of the two. There are also different colors available, white is most common but as you can see there are blue available as well. The blue tanks are less prone to algae growth since they don't let light in, but the white ones can be covered to help with this issue.

    I've seen IBC Totes on Craigslist for as little as $65 dollars, but the average price is around $100 for the 275 gallon size and $150 for the 330 gallon size. I've also seen them at the local Home Depot for around $250, but these are brand new and have never had anything in them.

    That being said, the same that goes for the 55 gallon drums goes for these. Make sure you know what was in them before you buy and double check to make sure before you use them. Many of these totes are used for chlorine or other chemicals that may or may not be good to use after. Do your homework.

    Having water stored and on hand is a primary prep item. The more, the better. If you can store some of these full you will be that much better off. Remember the rule, 1 gallon of water per person per day.
     
  2. OkieRebel

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    Been meaning to buy a few of these. My main issue is keeping the water potable without harsh chemicals.
    I do have 55 gl barrels availabe to me for free but they were filled with petro products. Not sure what to use them for yet.
     
  3. Atlas

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    The petro-chemicals make it hard to use for water storage. I wonder if they would be any good for fuel storage? I haven't heard of people doing this, but haven't really looked into it either.

    By harsh chemicals to treat water do you mean bleach?
     
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    Yes. I guess thats better than the protezoa or amoeba type diseases that could result in not using it .
     
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    Well, let me do a little research on water treatments and get back to you. Please feel free to start a thread on it if you know and want to share with the group. I know there are other ways to do it besides bleach, but I'm not positive about it all.
     
  6. Overlander

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    Man your prices on those 275 gallon containers are nuts. Here we can pick those up for $35 all day long. Tons of them have been used for industrial soap (concentrate) storage. Pretty safe for drinking after they've been cleaned.

    For keeping the nasties at bay - I may be mistaken, but I think you can treat the water with simple bleach and take care of most of them. We have had a cistern in the past, but it didn't require much maintenance - Just use the water often enough that nothing sits in it too long. I'd be curious about long-term storage though.
     
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    Cough. $35! Man, that's rediculous!

    Being that many folks in my area are gardening off grid, it probably drives the price up quite a bit. Yet another thing the growers have driven up in price... but don't get me started on that!
     

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