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 order.

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 please don’t hesitate to 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.


 Drum Weight when filled Dimensions Loading
 Recommended for
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 do not recommend 55 gallon drums. Aisle clearance is usually the width of the water drum, and most of the time cannot even fit inside the RV.  Confirm door and aisle widths.

Gray Water

  • Do not store any gray water or other liquid in the water drum.
    This will forfeit your security deposit.
  • Do not return any gray water or other liquids in the water drum.
    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 own 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

IPopular Productsf you don’t have any water bottles or containers, buy them here to keep and re-use.  Online Ordering Portal

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
  • 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

    Monday 10 am - 6 pm

    Burning Man 2019
    8/21 - 8/23 9 am - 9 pm
    8/24 9 am - till Midnight
    8/25 9 am - Noon

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