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Old 12-31-2007, 03:46 PM
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Thanks LazyBear- this has been on my mind recently. I don't have much water stored and am on the hunt for more. I wish it wasn't so cold outside so I could rinse out my huge barrels and get it ready to store.
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:29 PM
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Does anyone have any experience or information about what needs to be done to "prep" the big blue water barrels before filling them? Rinsing with bleach or baking soda? I'm embarrassed to think how long I've had the barrels and they've just been sitting collecting dust in the storage room. TIA!
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Old 12-31-2007, 04:39 PM
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Bleach is fine. It doesn't take a lot to do the job.
Make sure to scrub & rinse the barrel really well before filling again.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:22 PM
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Bleach is fine. It doesn't take a lot to do the job.
Make sure to scrub & rinse the barrel really well before filling again.
Okay, silly question but how do you scrub out a 55 gallon barrel that has a small opening in it? The two I have are from a Coke plant.
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:00 AM
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Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about, but if the barrels have lids on them, they should still be clean inside, right? Dust shouldn't get in them?? (I'm hoping because mine have been collecting dust also)
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:24 AM
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I dunno MommaSue How small is the opening?

Your only option might be to use a high pressure nozzle and turn the water on all the way to blast debri off the walls of the barrel.

Possibly place some marbles or golf balls inside along with soap, seal container and have the kids roll it around on the grass to stir things up inside for an hour or so. Empty and rinse it good.

You could use that barrel for Wash Water and get another barrel for Drinking Water.
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I dunno MommaSue How small is the opening?

Your only option might be to use a high pressure nozzle and turn the water on all the way to blast debri off the walls of the barrel.

Possibly place some marbles or golf balls inside along with soap, seal container and have the kids roll it around on the grass to stir things up inside for an hour or so. Empty and rinse it good.

You could use that barrel for Wash Water and get another barrel for Drinking Water.
Thanks Lazybear- when it gets warm I'll do that. I've been working on getting two weeks of water stored up in my house for drinking. I think I've got that now. I'll plan on using those barrels for washing. I noticed that Freight Harbor Tools has great dolly's that can hold the heavy barrel-

How is everyone else going on their water storage?
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:34 PM
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Hey Mommasue!!!

It's warm now!
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:18 PM
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Default What about a filter system?

We have enough water stored for our family for two weeks... what about a filter system to MAKE clean water from existing sources (like a stream)? Does anyone have one? What do you look for? There are tonnes of them out there with a huge range in price. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:34 AM
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I got some 55 gal. barels that had been holding lemon Juice and grape juice, is this okay to use for my drinkable water storage? If so what would be the best way to clean it out? Just soap and water? Bleach? Any ideas?
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