water storage question?

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...my dad bought galvanized trash cans to store water in for the rollover. Just thought I'd check with you all to see if his desired method is okay!

-- Vern (bacon17@ibm.net), November 15, 1999


While zinc is not overly toxic, I would suggest getting trash can liners that are listed as being food grade (most are) and lining the can before adding water. With a large enough liner you can seal off the top with a twist tie to avoid evoparation. Go to http://home.earthlink.net/~kenseger/surv/surv.htm and read bleach.txt for the proper amount of bleach to dose the water with.

-- Ken Seger (kenseger@earthlink.net), November 16, 1999.

save the galvanized cans to keep rats and mice out of food. Buy Rubbermaid Roughneck 30 gal trash cans with lids and locking handles. They are a stiff plastic so they hold they're shape when full.

-- Midnightmom (myhouse@bigfoot.com), November 16, 1999.

Ken, Can you verify that trash can liners are food grade? I have heard (including from a friend that works at a plant that makes them) that they are usually not food grade, and that some kinds even have insectide in the plastic to help kill flies that may end up in the garbage. If yoiu can tell us a brand that is definitely food grade, I'd appreciate it, as large food safe bags can be hard to find locally.


-- Jim (jiminwis@yahoo.com), November 16, 1999.

RubberMaid trash cans are not food grade plastic
and not for potable water.

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), November 16, 1999.

Jim in Wis, I think Ken was specifying to make sure to find the food grade plastic liners. Not all liners are food grade... But, to try to help you find what you may be looking for I will re- post what I wrote on an earlier thread. I have not gotten these liners myself, or any liners, for that matter. One other aside about garbage bags-- I was looking for some small ones to wrap around store packages. It turns out some of the glad small wastebasket ones (white) say right on the box you can use them for food storage, but it may be that they're thinking in terms of being an outer wrapping only. Check the boxes, and you could check Sally Strackbein's storage tips web page at http://www.y2kkitchen.com/ html/storage_tips.html. Now a partial re-post about US Plastic Corp:

You might try U.S. Plastic Corp. I have no connection with the company other than I have ordered from them in the past (pre-GI for other needs). Some of their things seem pricey-- other items seem reasonably priced... "Your mileage may vary." I went out to their website search page and did a search on "Food grade plastic bags." It returned a lot of products (over 2,000), but the closest matches came up first. They have about 4 types that have 55 gallon capacity ranging in price from $1.89 to $5.87 (different dimensions, thicknesses...) Part numbers for these are 10033, 10034, 10035 and 10036. Because I'm not compeletely sure how the 'search' worked, you may want to verify with the company that these bags are indeed food grade. (One disadvantage of an on-line catalog...) Their website/search online catalog page (and toll free #s) is at: http://www.thomasregister.com/olc/usplastic/home.htm

The full thread was about food-safe liners and the link (not hotlinked) is at:


-- winter wondering (winterwondering@yahoo.com), November 16, 1999.

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