WaterBrick Review

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We’ve talked before about water storage, and it seems that for most people I talk to, their idea of storage is the standard 55-gallon drum. These are great if you have the room for them, but what if you live in an apartment? Or you want to move the water around, or take it with you in the car? We found a product that is both easy to store and transport.

The WaterBrick is a plastic storage container measuring 9″ wide by 18″ long by 6″ high. Each brick holds approximately 3.5 gallons of water, so they weigh about 28 pounds when full, making them easier to transport than a typical 5-gallon container at 40 pounds.

The innovative part of the WaterBrick is the way they stack. Each brick has two holes in it, which in addition to making it stronger allows it to interlock with bricks on top and below it, just like Legos.

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The bricks can be stacked up to four feet high without danger of tipping, and with the way the lock together they could even turn a corner and still be stable. You can stash them where other containers won’t fit, like under the bed or in the trunk of your car. I’ve even seen them stacked with a sheet of wood on top and turned into a coffee table.

The bricks can be frozen (as long as you don’t fill them to the brim), meaning it’s fine for them to be outside in sub-zero weather. You could also freeze one and use it as an ice block to keep your cooler chilled.

The bricks can also be used for dry storage of rice, beans, flour, even ammunition – just about anything that will fit through the 3″ opening.

A removable handle makes the bricks easy to carry; again, much easier than something like a Reliance container which typically comes in 7-gallon sizes. The handle folds into a recess in the brick, so there’s no need to actually remove it for storage. You can also add a spigot to the bricks to make them easier to pour, but you’d want to only put it on a brick in the top row – when the water level drops below half the brick you’ll need to tilt it to get the rest out.

All of this convenience and engineering does come at a price. A WaterBrick costs right around $20 for 3.5 gallons, or around $5 per gallon. The Reliance jug I mentioned above is about $18 for 7 gallons, which is about half the price per gallon. If you use a 55-gallon drum, you’ve got that price down to $1 per gallon or less. So you wouldn’t want to store hundreds of gallons in them, but they would be perfect for augmenting another form of storage.

What we liked about the WaterBrick:

  • Very sturdy, stackable, easy to stash and easy to carry.
  • Wide opening allows you to store dry goods as well as water.
  • BPA free and made in the USA

What we didn’t like about the WaterBrick:

  • The cost.

So just like everything else when it comes to preparing, a mix of approaches is a good idea. We have several WaterBricks that we’ll use for portability, but we’re not going to replace our 55-gallon drums with them. We’ll probably also get 3 or 4 more for storing rice and beans that we use regularly.

  • Ross says:

    Can they be put in a freezer. We put water containers full of water in the bottom of a chest freezer. We have power outages from time to time so with these in the freezer they not only keep the food cool, but in the even of a need for water they can be unfrozen an use the water.

    • Jennifer Osuch says:

      Yes, they can be put in the freezer, just be careful to leave room for the water to expand as it freezes. Also to be on the safe side leave the top off until it’s completely frozen, then after is completely frozen you can place the lid on.

  • Connie says:

    I’ve seen these before and wondered about their practicality. Thanks for your testimonial! I have a question about storing water, please. Do you put anything in the water? I’ve been saving and filling certain juice jugs (Paul Newman’s Concord Grape Juice that we buy at Costco). I wash them thoroughly and bleach them and then fill them with tap water. I’m trusting (but wonder if I should) that there is enough chlorine in the tap water or if I should be adding some. If I should add some chlorine, can it be an unscented kind of bleach found at the grocery store?? And if so, how much. We are on a tight budget! My son and sometimes my husband bug me to get rid of the jugs, and we had a huge fight over that when we moved last year. I ended up leaving about 2/3 of my water behind. I chose and emptied the best of my jugs and put them in my freezer and locked it in order to get at least them to my new home. One third of those are now recleaned, rebleached, and refilled as the bottom layer of my chest freezer, which hubby is okay with as a precaution against power outages. But I still have two thirds left to reclean, rebleach, and refill and I’m hesitating because I don’t want to start the fight again!

    • Bill Osuch says:

      There’s no reason to add anything to the water when you put it away initially. Chlorine dissipates over time, so by the time you opened it back up it would all be gone anyway. The best thing to do would be to add a tiny amount (about 2 drops per quart) a few hours before drinking.

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