Containers forum→Used Bulk Containers For Water Storage

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Apr 15, 2018 2:50 PM CST

Hi, I am fairly new to gardening, and new to the Forum.

There are 275 gallon bulk containers where I work and my boss said I could have as many as I want. They have had either oil or rv anti-freeze in them, which I was told was non-toxic, but I am still extremely leery about using them for natural water collection and storage to water my garden vegetables.
To me, it doesn't sound like a good idea.
But there are people pressure washing them with Dawn and watering their farm animals, chickens, calves, etc.
If anyone had any opinions or knowledge on the matter, I would love to hear it.

Thanks in advance!
Name: Kristi
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May 7, 2018 4:19 PM CST
@MetalTeK ~ sorry I am late to respond. I have three of these that I use to harvest rainwater. Mine had the labels on it that indicated it was non toxic.

I use it to water plants and if the power is out, I will use it for washing up or flushing.

Would I drink it? I'm not sure. I suppose I would filter it and have it tested first. Shrug!

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Jun 10, 2018 5:49 AM CST
I think you would be pretty hard pressed to get all the oil residue out, even pressure washing with Dawn. I would not use it for plant watering. The other one......ummmmm .........I dunno. Green Grin!
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Jun 10, 2018 5:20 PM CST
I have two that previously held olive oil. I was about to install them up under a porch next to house and then it hit me that when full would be about 1300 lbs! Several YouTube videos show people digging into ground and building a foundation for them. I'm still researching. To answer your question though, I don't think I'd use containers which held non-edibles. It was hard enough to rough clean the two I have!
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