*Reliance Container Review*
By: Jambi
21 June 2007

I was at my local survival store (Wal-Mart) today and saw six- gallon Reliance brand food-safe water containers sold under the “Ozark Trail” brand. At 7.98 each I decided to pick two up and see how they worked out for me, I like the idea of some of my water supply to be portable.


The first thing I did when I got home was take some pictures.


Hey look, it's made in Canada

The walls seem to be fairly thin but I knew this when I bought them and since they will be sitting in my relatively safe garage I decided they were adequate.

After the pictures I cleaned out any plastics pieces leftover from the manufacturing process then rinsed them with tap water several times (I settled for this because I had no way of getting a cleaning brush through the small mouth. I then disinfected each container with a ten to one bleach solution (one part bleach to ten parts water) and rinsed.

Next I filled up each container then added one and one-quarter teaspoon of bleach to each container (one teaspoon for every five gallons of water).


Here they sit in my garage just waiting to be used. I reversed the store label to mark and date my water. As you can see they bulge when filled with water, I expected this because of the thin-wall construction.

After a bit of thinking I came up with 2 concerns. One, the cardboard label I reversed to date my water can be easily ripped off. I am going to replace these with a more permanent label because I don’t really want to drink “mystery” water. Second, there is a small amount of air space because of the hollow handle and that worries me a little, I will be checking my water monthly for six months to ensure that it will last.

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