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Ok --- is anyone buying water in the heavy duty 5 gallon jugs that fit onto a water cooler?

Easy to store (especially if you are able to get the rack/boxes they come in) and easy to verify quantity once they are stored
 

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Ok --- is anyone buying water in the heavy duty 5 gallon jugs that fit onto a water cooler?

Easy to store (especially if you are able to get the rack/boxes they come in) and easy to verify quantity once they are stored
If you are referring to the ones used on the water coolers at work and such then yes but only to a limited degree.
 

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Really though, you would need the water cooler or dispenser to go with them, as they cannot be re-sealed without the specialist equipment (as far as I can tell) which means using all of the water fairly quickly.
Also, due to their size pouring the water out without the dispenser is tricky.

If you do plan on using a dispenser, they require maintenance and cleaning.

If none of these are issues to you, then they are a great idea that I have and am considering myself.
 

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Homebrew and wine making supply places will have rubber corks or whatever you need to seal them back. They also sell glass carboys which are the best option for water and other liquids. Remember the plastic breaks down over time and half of the chemicals go into your water while the other half goes into the atmosphere so change it about every year or 2.
 

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Ok --- is anyone buying water in the heavy duty 5 gallon jugs that fit onto a water cooler?

Easy to store (especially if you are able to get the rack/boxes they come in) and easy to verify quantity once they are stored
I buy water jugs from Walmart..In the sporting goods dept by the camping gear...They are blue and are 6 or 7 gallon each with a spigot valve on them.....
 

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I just recently bought a few at K-Mart, $12.99 each.
Seems like a great idea for me. They have a handle built into the side for transport and usage. There are 5 in my family so using 5 gallons in a day would be ideal.

They are cheaper than the 5 gallon containers I had purchased and they are already filled and sealed.
 

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I just recently bought a few at K-Mart, $12.99 each.
Seems like a great idea for me. They have a handle built into the side for transport and usage. There are 5 in my family so using 5 gallons in a day would be ideal.

They are cheaper than the 5 gallon containers I had purchased and they are already filled and sealed.
Wow, that seems expensive? $13 for 5 gallons?
Agree with the filled & sealed convenience though, I buy 2 litre bottles at the supermarket (£00.12 each) in six packs (£00.72) = 180 litres for £21.60

...or in US conversion - roughly 47 Gallons for $34.00 (5 Gallons for $3.61)
 

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I keep several both sealed and opened to refill from the bulk outdoor tank, mostly the 3 gallon size. A local Food City sell them for around $3 dollars each filled and sealed. I just broke open one that was dated from 2007 and the water was just fine to drink. A 5 gal jug weighs 40 lbs vs the 3 gal ones that weigh 24lbs and therefore easier to carry around.
 

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I have a few of those bottles. I drain my Big Berkey water in them. We have a dispenser at home and it will flow water without electricity, it just doesn't cool it. I also have a hand pump for them. The top of the actual lid is reuseable. It just pops on and off. Is it completely airtight, I doubt it, but it keeps the critters out. We have a total of 5 of them and the wife takes a couple to work and we just keep cycling them between the house and her work. IIRC any plastic container that is not BPA free, seeps chemicls. IMO even the BPA free ones do, but it isn't supposed to be bad for you.

I am not going to get into my feelings about not using any plastic for liquid storage. I just use as little as possible, and try to use glass, if I can.
 
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