Black Rock City

Water on the Playa

How much water do I need to stay hydrated? Our 55 gallon water drums are good for 4 to 5 people, based on 1-1/2 gallons per person per day, for 8 days. Take your activity level into account when calculating your hydration needs.

Renting Water Drums

Please navigate to our  Online Ordering Portal to place your water drum order.


30 Gallon Drum $100 SOLD OUT
55 Gallon Drum $110

When placing your order, provide an approximate date and time for pick up in the ORDER NOTES. Disregard pick up date & time drop down on the order form. You can also email us (with your order #) your pick up date.

We will have extended hours the week prior to the burn. Your water drum will be pre-filled and ready to load. We need easy-access in the vehicle for us to load the drum. Keep this in mind when packing your other items. Make sure your vehicle can support the weight of the filled water drum.

If you wish to cancel an order, a full refund will be issued up to June 1st, 2017. After that, 50% of the rental fee will be charged for the cancellation and security deposit will be returned. No refunds will be issued if an order is canceled after August 1st, 2017.

Receive a 15% discount when you rent 6 or more drums. This bulk pricing is available by special order, do not order via the online shopping cart. Request a bulk order quote by emailing your order to All drums must be on the same order and picked up together for discount to apply.

Water Drum FAQs

We get a lot of questions regarding our  water drums and we hope the following information will help in your planning.  If you still have questions, contact us.

Water Weight 
Water is heavy and takes up a lot of space.  One gallon of water weighs about 8 pounds. Make sure there is enough support in your vehicle for this weight.

All drums are HDPE Food Grade plastic.  Great for emergency water long term storage – and survive pretty good in rough conditions.

All drums are sanitized twice, once as we prepare the drum for rental and second after the drum is returned and heads back into our inventory.


 Drum Weight (Filled) Dimensions Loading
 Recommended for
30 Gallon 280 lbs (127 kg) 20″ Wide x 20″ Deep x 31″ Tall  22″ x 22″ Van, RVs, Pick Up Truck,
Box Truck, Trailer
55 Gallon 480 lbs (218 kg) 24″ Wide x 24″ Deep x 35″ Tall  26″ x 26″ Van, Pick Up Truck,
Box Truck, Trailer

* RVs: We highly recommend 30 gallon drums.

Gray Water

  • Do not store any gray water or other liquids of any kind in the water drums!
    This will forfeit your security deposit.
  • Do not return any gray water or other liquids of any kind in the water drums!
    If you return drums with gray water, you will incur a Hazardous Disposal fee of $200 per drum.
    Read up on gray water disposal from BMorg.

Bulk Water – Filling Your Drums & RV Tanks

Drum RefillsBulk water does not require a reservation.  It is FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED.

If you are filling large water drums or RVs, we have a metered drinking water line that goes out to the parking lot.

You can fill the containers where they sit in your vehicle or trailer.

Place your containers in such a way that your trailer or pick up bed can bare the weight.

Buying New Containers

If you don’t have any water bottles or containers, buy them here to keep and re-use.Popular Products

Place your order now, let us know when you are planning to pick up the order, and we can fill the containers when you arrive.

And as always, the purified drinking water is free with your bottle purchase!

If there is anything you are looking for and can’t find in our shop, please email us and we can look into the product for you.

Popular products (pictured at left) on the playa include:

Bottle Customer Compliments
7 Gallon Aqua-Tainer – Rugged heavy-duty HDPE plastic construction, BPA Free.
– Built-in spigot on cap for easy pour.
– Square compact design, stackable.
5 Gallon Collapsible – Light LDPE plastic, BPA Free.
– Built-in spigot on cap for easy pour.
– Collapsible compact design, easy storage when empty.
– Built in S-hook ring, allows to be hung (for face wash, showering, etc)
5 Gallon PET Bottle – Light PET plastic, BPA Free.
– Built-in carrying handle.
– Can use through out the year.
– Slim design, fits great in car trunks and tight spaces
– Screw On Cap, won’t fly off during transport
5 Gallon PC Bottle – Strong and rugged PC plastic.
– Built-in carrying handle.
– Can use through out the year.
– Slim design, fits great in car trunks and tight spaces
– Screw On Cap, won’t fly off during transport

Extended Store Hours – 2017

Day  2017 Hours
Wednesday August 23 9 am – 9 pm
Thursday August 24 9 am – 9 pm
Friday August 25 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday August 26 9 am – Midnight
Sunday August 27 9 am – 6 pm
Monday August 28 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday August 29 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday September 2 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday September 3 8 am – 2 pm (Drum Returns)
Monday September 4 8 am – 2 pm (Drum Returns)
Tuesday September 5 8 am – 2 pm (Last Day for Drum Returns)
  • Our Mission

    Better Water for Better Health!

    Our mission is and always will be to provide our community with the highest quality drinking water at the best value through our self serve water refill stations and vending machines.

  • About Us

    The Water Store is a family owned & operated business purifying water since 2004.

    We are grateful our neighbors have entrusted us with something so important as their clean water and health.

    We provide quality and delicious drinking water with state-of-the-art purification system. All you do is bring your own water bottle and refill!

  • Located

    1196 North Rock Boulevard
    Sparks, NV 89431
    Get Directions

    (775) 358 -9893
    (775) 298 - 1585 After Hrs

  • Hours

    Summer (April - Oct)
    Monday-Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
    Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

    Winter (Nov - March)
    Monday-Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm
    Saturday CLOSED

    Burning Man 2017
    8/23 - 8/25 9 am - 9 pm
    8/26 Open till Midnight
    8/27 - 8/29 9 am - 6 pm

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Playa Bound ? Reserve your water drums.