55 Gallon Water Barrel Review – Best Bang for the Buck!

Emergency Water Barrel

Water is a necessity of life as the human body is mostly made of water. You can go a month without food but you won’t last very long without water. Having emergency water stored away in your yard or garage can be a lifesaver when a disaster strikes. You can use it for drinking, cooking, washing, and light personal sanitation. Most people take water for granted but can you imagine even living ONE day WITHOUT water? You won’t be able to cook. You won’t be able to wash anything. You won’t be able to bathe.¬† You won’t even be able to flush the toilet!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Emergency Essentials Water Barrel – 55 Gallon Drum that’s sold on Amazon by Emergency Essentials.


  • the dark blue color of this 55-gallon barrel restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria
  • made from heavy-duty, thick, high-molecular-weight polyethylene resin
  • FDA-approved and BPA-free
  • Dimensions: 34.75 H x 22.75 W x 22.75 (in inches)
  • Sold by: Emergency Essentials
  • FREE Shipping
  • Shipping: Continental US (Not including Alaska and Hawaii)

Product Description (From Amazon)

Each 55-gallon water barrel provides enough water for drinking, cooking, and light personal sanitation for a family of 4. This amount is recommended as a minimum supply of emergency water for 14 days. A person can live for weeks without food, but without water your body can be significantly damaged in a matter of days. That is why, in an emergency, water may be the most important supply to have available. A 55 gallon water barrel is one of the easiest, most efficient ways to maintain your long-term permanent water storage supply. Each 55-gallon barrel provides enough water for drinking, cooking, and light personal sanitation for 4 people. This is recommended as a minimum supply of emergency water. Includes one fine and one coarse bung nut closures. Bung seal caps available separately . No additional shipping cost beyond our normal shipping charges Made from Heavy-duty, thick, high molecular weight polyethylene FDA approved resin and BPA free The dark blue color of this 55 gallon barrel restricts light and helps control growth of harmful algae and bacteria. New and ready to use.

Product Review


The barrel itself is one solid piece so the lid does not come off and ensures that the barrel is rigid and strong. There are two holes on top (2 1/4″ and 1 1/4″ diameter) sealed by screw caps that seal tightly to prevent any leaks or bacteria from getting in. Note that it’s recommended that you use a wrench to tighten/loosen. The dark thick material of the barrel restricts light to prevent algae and bacteria growth in your water.

Another good thing about this is that it is FDA approved, BPA-free, and food grade to ensure your water is kept clean. You can however, buy a water preserving solution that will help keep your water clean for 5 years. And it’s FREE shipping!

The merchant company, Emergency Essentials, has an excellent 98% positive rating on Amazon in the last 12 months.

Emergency Essentials

They have a customer service line that you can call if you have any questions: 1-800-770-1500 or you can post a question on their Amazon product page.

Excellent Feedback for their products:

Emergency Essentials Feedback


This barrel is not recommended for stacking but with a barrel this size and weight, I don’t think you would want to stack them anyway so not a big deal. You have to use a siphon or a hand pump to get the water out once fully filled but that can be easily purchased. They only ship to the continental US so if you live in Alaska, Hawaii, or internationally you’re out of luck.

Final Recommendation


My recommendation is to get this product. The barrel is solidly constructed and holds 55 gallons of water which should be enough to last a family of 4 for about 14 days (it is recommended that you store at least 1 gallon per person per day). The dark thick material of the barrel will help keep light out and prevent the growth of bacteria and harmful algae in your water which is always good because who wants to drink contaminated water? YUCK! Make sure you store it in a cool place to avoid heat which will promote growth of algae and keep the barrel in a dark environment because sunlight will deteriorate the chlorine level which help destroy harmful pathogens.

Keep in mind for those living in places that will freeze over the winter and those who are planning to leave the barrel outside, don’t fill the water all the way. Make sure you leave a fair bit of room for the water to expand when it freezes otherwise you run the risk of bursting the barrel. Water can be stored for a long time in these barrels but I recommend replacing them every one or two years if you care about the quality of the taste. You can do searches for other 55 gallon storage barrels but this one is the best one I could find and the reviews on Amazon prove it.

The positives greatly outweigh the negatives by far (the negatives aren’t really a big deal anyway) so go get one to ensure you have a clean source of water when a disaster strikes.

Do you have a water storage barrel or water storage containers somewhere on your property just in case?

Share your experiences with them by writing a comment below.




  1. Chris

    It’s great to know that this barrel can hold enough water for 4 people for 14 days, I would not have known that otherwise. I don’t have any yet on my property but something the family is probably putting on the list to have after experiencing a power outage for 24 hours last week because of an ice storm. Which obviously this would be a perfect item for storing clean water when disaster strikes. Thanks for sharing some key tips about this water barrel.

    1. Andy

      Yeah, these emergency water barrels are useful for other disasters as well. Just good to have around just in case. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Rae Anne Pond

    I grew up in California where most citizens are not prepared for an earthquake even though there are thousands of them that go unreported because they are considered minor. We had drills both in school and at home. I live in Oklahoma now, unfortunately in a very earthquake active area. But we do have an earthquake preparedness kit. We need more water though. We have a very good store of it for my fianc√© and I but not enough for the animals. So many people forget their pets. So I can see where this barrel would be an excellent contribution. We use the collapsible gallon and five gallon containers. We also keep a gallon of bleach around. A 1/4 teaspoon of bleach in each gallon keeps the mold away. I’m glad you have this website, it needs to be widely distributed. I’m happy to help!

    1. Andy

      Hi Rae Anne. I live in Vancouver and it’s pretty much the same here. There’s always been talk about earthquakes but seems like no one ever takes it seriously. I think their mentality is “it’s not gonna happen when I’m here” so they don’t bother but the reality is, it can happen at anytime. Thanks for the tip about the bleach to keep the mold away and thanks for helping me spread the word. Hopefully more people will finally take action and be prepared and not just let things slide anymore.


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