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A Few Good Buckets and Gerry Cans

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After the devastation of the riots last year and the floods earlier this year, many people are stuck with an insecure water supply. Some still don’t have regular water supply since the floods and rely on the council water truck (which doesn’t have a regular schedule).

Suddenly we all need buckets and containers in which to store water. And because of loadshedding, we need jerry cans for petrol and diesel.

For all these storage issues, the main concern is safety. So how can we store these liquids safely and for how long can we store water?

Can you store water in buckets?

Water primarily for flushing toilets could be stored in 5-gallon buckets or jugs, barrels, drums, or containers you have available such as laundry tubs or bathtubs. You can also purchase food-grade plastic jugs, buckets or drums for water storage.

What is the best container to store water in?

You’ll need a safe container in which to store it. The general guideline is to use food-grade plastic. You can also use glass bottles so long as they haven’t stored non-food items. Stainless steel is another option, but you won’t be able to treat your stored water with chlorine, as it corrodes steel.

How long can you store water in a bucket?

When people ask how long a 205 l bucket of water lasts, some are wondering about shelf-life and others are wondering how long it will last in their home or office before they need to buy more. If it is shelf-life you are concerned about, you have a good six months before you need to replace your water jug.

How long will water keep in plastic?

Realistically, if you’re storing the water for your own purposes and not in a commercial capacity, you can keep it in the plastic barrel for longer than six months – years even – without rotation. It’s good practice to change it when you can though, to keep it fresh and to avoid contamination.

Electric urn buckets

If you need to heat large volumes of water, why not get an electric bucket. Some of them also feature an integrated tap. These big (20 or 25l) plastic urn buckets with an element are great for, camping, catering, caravans, entertaining and household use.

Store fuel in jerry cans

Running out of fuel can be frustrating. You can’t simply fill up an old coke bottle to store fuel because most plastic bottles and containers are made from Polyethylene terephthalate or PET. Petrol and other fuels can break down this plastic over time, and cause leaks or degrade the fuel. Because fuels are volatile fluids, you’ll need a purpose made storage container, so invest in the appropriate fuel and fluid containers for your needs.

During World War ll, the Allied troops had a habit of acquiring and using the German cans, and because the British called the Germans “Jerries” they therefore referred to the stolen cans as “Jerrycans.” Amusingly, it is the official name given to standardised rectangular fuel containers in both US and European regulations.

Household Plastic has Jerry cans for Diesel and for Petrol.

Can I put drinking water in a jerry can?

Jerry cans could also be used for transporting drinking water as they utilized the same type of interior lining found in beer barrels, meaning the standard issue can could be used to fulfil a number of supply roles. Pouring spout on a jerry can. The locking pin ensures the cap remains securely closed during transit.

How long does petrol last in a plastic jerry can?

Petrol lasts for about three to six months. Though it naturally degrades and loses combustibility over time due to oxidation (exposure to oxygen) and evaporation of its volatile compounds, gasoline usually lasts three to six months when properly stored in a labeled, tightly sealed plastic container or metal tank of the capacity recommended by your fire …

How can I store petrol at home?

When storing petrol, remember that it is highly flammable so keep it in a secure outbuilding – like a store room or garage – that is well ventilated and away from any sources of ignition. It should be stored in as cool a place as possible but never outside. It should also be kept well out of reach of children.

What’s the difference between diesel and petrol jerry cans?

Diesel will generally last longer than petrol before it goes stale and if you use a proper diesel biocide and stabiliser, you can store it for at least a year. Two-stroke petrol usually can’t be stored for much longer than a month or two before it begins to separate and lose potency.

So whether you are looking for safe, stable storage solutions for water, petrol or diesel, Household Plastic will be able to meet your needs.

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