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's gonna hit.
It's not only about how much water you're storing.
It's also about where and how you're storing it.
You don't keep your water in plastic bottles, do you?
They're NOT good for long-term water storage.
Normal plastic will contaminate your drinking water with BPA chemicals.
Plastic bottles should only be used in an emergency.
So, I'm going to review one of the best water storage units out there:
We'll take a look at:
- What's good about Waterbrick
- What's bad about it
- And whether or not you should you buy one
Keep on reading to find out.
Right off the bat, here are the things that I liked about Waterbrick:
(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: Can be used to store anything (Water, food, ammunition, ice etc.)
Still, there are some things that I didn’t like about the design of the Waterbrick.
More on that below.
But should you buy it?
I’ll tell you what -
Waterbrick's a fantastic water storage container, but it’s not cheap.You can get better bang for your buck elsewhere.
When I say it costs quite a bit - I mean it:
Waterbrick is the best water container for certain situations.
You should go for Waterbricks if:
- You have limited space for storing your water. You'll thank yourself later for not filling your apartment up with water canisters.
- You need a versatile container that can store food, ammo, water and ice. Go for it - no other container can do that. Waterbricks can also be used for brewing beer and wine.
- Or if you want your water supply to be stackable.
And if that's not the case - then Waterbrick is not worth the money that you'd be paying for it.
- Both of these are heavier and harder to carry than the Waterbrick.
- They don’t stack.
- You can't store food/ammo 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, take a look at 55 gallon water barrels instead. Easily the best cost per gallon on the market.
Waterbrick Review - Let's Take a Closer Look
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.
Small size = Waterbrick is a great choice for apartments.
(Side Note: I keep one under my bed)
You can stack Waterbricks on top of each other - like Legos .
Here's why that's 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:
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: I'm counting here with 1 gallon per person per day. You might need more - depending on your needs.)
When filled, a 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 Waterbricks easy to carry and move around.
The difference between carrying a Waterbrick and another container is 12 lbs. (29 lbs. vs. 41 lbs.)
This difference will add up over long distances.
But... you'll also be storing less water per container.
Personally, I prefer the versatility over size (in case I need to move my water supply fast - Waterbrick lets me do it).
Besides from water, one Waterbrick will fit up to:
- 27 pounds of dry food
- 120 pounds of ammunition
But that's not everything -
You can also use it to brew beer and wine (if that’s your thing) or use it to store ice.
You won't get this kind of utility with a cheap water canister...
Material and Durability
By now you’re probably wondering – how can a plastic container hold 120 pounds of ammo and not break? Where's the catch?
I'm glad you asked.
There is no catch.
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.
In other words -
HDPE Resin is extremely sturdy. It has a very tough, durable feeling when you touch it.
It's not your normal plastic.
The walls of the brick are 3/32 of an inch thick - enough to survive an airdrop.
(while keeping the unit light enough to carry)
Talking about that airplane drop…
Waterbrick is safe to use in temperatures from -104 F to 230 F.
That's right -
You can freeze it - and it'll be fine.
Just make sure to leave some space for the water to expand.
Made in America
Waterbricks are made in America.
(Side Note: 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.
Now, here's the only problem that I have with Waterbrick:
The position of the lid. It's in the middle of the container.
Here's what happens -
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. Not a dealbreaker - it's just annoying.
So, 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.
Waterbrick Spigot - To Access Your Water
There is a spigot for Waterbrick that you buy separately. It replaces the cap and is much better for getting the water out of the container.
The spigot has a ventless design, which reduces the risk of water contamination. (It doesn’t need an air hole on the other side of the container for the water to flow)
Getting at least one of those spigots is highly recommended. It will make getting the water out of the Waterbrick way easier.
Each Waterbrick has a detachable handle attached to it.
This makes 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
Because let's face it -
You might run out of your water supplies at some point. 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.
And there is...
Absolutely 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).
Side note: 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 comes in 2 sizes: 3.5 gallons and 1.6 gallons.
The 1.6 gallon brick 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.
1.6 gallons will give you about two days to get back to your main base.
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.