How long would you last if your water supply was cut off?
Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods… they happen. And you never know when the next one will hit.
Here’s what many people don’t know:
It’s not only about how much water you’re storing. It’s also about where you’re storing it.
You don’t keep your water in plastic bottles, do you?
They’re NOT good for long-term water storage.
You should know that normal plastic will contaminate your drinking water with BPA chemicals. You should only use it in an emergency.
So I want to tell you about a water storage unit that I tried recently, The Waterbrick.
Right off the bat, here are the things that I liked about it:
(and why you might want to get one for yourself)
- It’s tough … you wont break it even if you tried (it can survive an airdrop from a plane when filled)
- It stacks like lego blocks (Most H2O/ft2 on the market)
- BPA-free Plastic (won’t contaminate your water with nasty chemicals)
- It’s very easy to carry (So you can refill your water supplies fast when necessary)
- It comes with a 5-year warranty (But will last you much longer…)
- Versatility: You can use it to store anything (Water, food, ammunition, ice etc.)
Still, there are some things that I didn’t like about the design of the Waterbrick.
Keep on reading to find out…
Size and Dimensions
One standard Waterbrick unit is 9 inches wide, 18 inches long, and 6 inches high. It’s small enough to fit into all kinds of spaces around your home – a great choice for apartments.
What I mean is you can now use up all those little corners that are standing empty.
(Note: I keep one under my bed)
Point #2: you can stack them like Legos on top of each other.
Here are two reasons why the Waterbrick-tower is good:
- Compact: It saves you a lot of space in your home
- Stable construction: there is zero risk of your water supply falling/rolling/moving around.
Waterbricks can be stacked up to 4-feet high, both perpendicularly and horizontally. (It takes about 8 units to make a 4-foot stack.)
Wider stacks can be made even higher (people have managed up to 7 feet).
Click on the video to see for yourself:
Water Capacity, Weight, and Storage
One Waterbrick holds 3.5 gallons of water.
It’s one day’s water supply for 3 people… with a little extra that you can use for washing or cooking. (Note: counting with 1 gallon per person per day).
When filled, one Waterbrick will weigh 29 lbs.
Waterbrick is smaller than other water storage containers. (normal containers usually hold 5.5 gallons and weigh 41 lbs. filled)
The smaller size makes it easy to carry and move around.
The difference between carrying Waterbrick and another container is 12 lbs. (29 lbs. vs. 41 lbs.), which will add up fast over long distances.
But… you’ll also be storing less water per container.
Personally, I prefer the versatility over size (like an insurance in case I need to move my water supply).
Important: You can also use it to store 27 pounds of dry food or 120 pounds of ammunition. You can brew beer or wine in it (if that’s your thing) or use it to store ice.
Won’t get this kind of utility with a cheap water canister…
By now you’re probably wondering – how can a plastic container hold 120 pound of ammo and not break?
Well, it’s not your normal plastic that this thing is made of…
Waterbricks are made out of HDPE resin(High Density Polyethylene Resin).
It’s BPA-free food-grade material and feels like something that a canoe or a kayak would be made of.
Extremely Sturdy. It has a very tough, durable feeling when you touch it.
The walls of the brick are 3/32 of an inch thick – That’s enough to survive an airdrop
(while keeping the unit light enough to carry)
Talking about that airplane drop…
Waterbricks can be frozen, just make sure to leave some space for the water to expand.
It’s safe for use in temperatures from -104 F to 230 F – completely weatherproof
Made in America
Waterbricks are made in America (they’re based in Clinton, Iowa).
I don’t know about you, but… I’m happy knowing that I’m not keeping my water supply in Chinese plastic.
Every Waterbrick comes with a 5-year warranty.
I contacted them and they confirmed that under normal circumstances the unit will last you much longer than 5 years.
Construction and Design
The unit has a large wide-mouth lid with a rubber gasket to prevent leaking. Easy to use – just unscrew and pour.
The lid is very wide: 3¼ inches in diameter.
Note: You’ll need to screw the lid down real tight to prevent the unit from leaking. It’ll take you a little getting used to.
There is an additional spigot that you can buy for your Waterbrick. It replaces the cap and is much better for getting the water out of the container.
You should get at least one spigot for your set of Waterbricks. It’ll make your setup much more accessible and save you some time shaking the container around when trying to get the water out.
The spigot has a ventless design (doesn’t need an air hole on the other side of the container for the water to flow).
Having no air hole in the container reduces the chances of the water getting contaminated… but expect a slower rate of flow than usual.
Now, here’s the only problem that I have with Waterbrick:
The position of the lid!
The water flows well in the beginning, both with and without the spigot.
But once the water gets to about 30%… you’ll have to tilt the unit to get to the rest of the water…
…because the designers decided to put the waterhole is in the middle of the container. How could they have missed this?
It’s not a dealbreaker, but… you’ll have to tilt the container to get to all of your water.
I did some research and found a workaround: Super Easy Siphon.
Just get one of these with your Waterbricks and you’ll have no trouble getting all of the water out without tilting or shaking them.
Each Waterbrick has a detachable handle attached to it, making it very easy to carry the unit around.
What I mean is…have you ever tried lugging one of these huge 5-gallon water-cooler-canisters somewhere? (It’s a nightmare).
Carrying Waterbricks is real easy. I can hold one brick in each hand and they hang very close to my legs. They’re not bulky at all. This is because of:
- Their small, rectangular shape
- Smaller size (3.5 gallons), which means a lighter weight
So with Waterbrick, you’ll be able to:
- Move your water supplies from your house to your car fast
- Refill your containers at the water source easily
You’re going to run out of your water supplies at some point. And when that happens, you’ll want to have a water container that you can carry around easily.
Tan vs. Blue Waterbrick
You can get the Waterbrick in two colors: light-blue and tan.
There is no difference between the tan and the blue Waterbricks. Both are equally good for water storage.
The tan ones are created for camo industry buyers – they’re harder to spot from the distance (in case you need to hide them).
I got myself a 10-pack of tan Waterbricks… they’re less eye-catching and I can stash them in them forest if necessary.
3.5 gallon and 1.6 gallon Sizes
Waterbrick also comes in 2 sizes: 3.5 gallon and 1.6 gallon.
The 1.6 gallon one is too small for any proper water storage… but you might want to get one for the trunk of your car… in case you get stranded away from your supplies.
If that happens, 1.6 gallons will give you about two days to get back to your main base.
Should you buy the Waterbrick?
I’ll tell you what. It’s a fantastic container, but it comes at a price – it’s not cheap.
Waterbrick is the best option for you if you have limited space for storing your water. If you live in an apartment, Waterbrick is perfect. Go for it.
Or if you need a versatile container that can store food, ammo, and water. Go for it.
Or if you want your water supply to be stackable… so you can transport it in one piece – go for it. You won’t find a better container than Waterbrick.
But if you want the best bang for your buck, you’re better off going for an Aqua-tainer 5.5 Gal or a Reliance Rhino 5.5 Gal water containes. Both of these are heavier and harder to carry than the Waterbrick. They also don’t stack.
They’re not as tough as the Waterbrick, and you’ll have a hard time storing food in them. But if all you need is a good basic water storage container… they’ll do the job and they’ll do it well.
If you want your water supply to last you for months, I recommend going with 55 gallon water barrels instead. It will also keep the cost per gallon down.
How many Waterbricks should I buy?
When prepping, you should have at least 15 gallons of water per person stored and ready to use in your home.
This is about a 2 week’s supply of water. It will last you through 99% of all emergencies and disasters.
I made some calculations… and here’s how many waterbricks you should get to to have 15 gallons per person stashed:
- 1 person: 5 Waterbricks
- 2 people: 9 Waterbricks
- 3 people: 13 Waterbricks
- 4 people: 17 Waterbricks
- 5 people: 22 Waterbricks
- 6 people: 26 Waterbricks
How to store water?
Some tips on water storage:
Your biggest problem with long-term water storage is the mold/algae buildup in the water.
To avoid this, make sure to wash the inside of the Waterbrick with soap and rinse with household bleach afterwards.
Adding a small amount of bleach in the water will prevent the algae buildup. I have also used chlorine pellets and food-grade (35%) hydrogen peroxide, but prefer the household bleach because it is cheap and simple.
If you cleaned the container properly before filling it, there will be no issues storing water long-term. Still, it is a good idea to refill and drain your containers at least once per year.
If you want to keep them outside for a longer time (2-3 months in non-freezing weather), I would put them on a pallet and cover with GOOD quality tarp. This way, your Waterbricks will be protected from direct sunlight.
Note that Waterbricks can’t be used to store flammable liquids like fuel… The plastic will fall apart in a few months if you do that.
I haven’t had this problem, but multiple users have reported their Waterbricks leaking.
If yours does leak, try applying some cooking oil with your finger around the top of the opening of the container.
Also make sure that the gasket is in the right position.
Here’s how you check if your unit is working:
- Filling it with water
- Screwing the cap on tight
- Laying it down with the cap on the side
- Checking whether there is water leaking from the cap
Bottom Line: If your unit is defective, give a call to Waterbrick and they will replace it free of charge.