I tried to think of a good joke to start out this post. Something like “Canned water: Best thing since sliced … water?” and that’s where I stopped.
So instead, I’ll just get straight to the article on canned water.
During World War II, the United States decided that they were going to can water in order to ease shipment to the troops. They also found that the canned water wouldn’t spoil and could easily get to the location without a quick expiration date. The practice then spread to other sectors of the industry.
In fact, the Civil Defense Museum alone, produced over 240 million gallons of canned or barrelled water in1967.
1. Long shelf-life. Canned water lasts for a long time. While with some containers you have to empty and refill every year or so, you won’t have to refill canned water and it has a shelf-life of 30 years. Can’t really beat that.
Another cool thing about canned water’s shelf-life is that it’s not effected by temperature. While some food storage items’ shelf-life decreases with heat, the water’s shelf-life is not effected. In fact, Stevens Ecology has found that canned water that was made in the ‘50s was still safe to drink nearly 60 years later.
2. It’s ready to drink. While you might have to filter or purify a local water supply, canned water is ready to drink - no harmful bacteria or microbes in your canned water.
3. Small amounts of water. If you need water on the go, it is easier to take a small amount in stead of a 50 gallon water tank. The can allows you to take as much water as you need on the go.
1. Price. The number one problem that most people have with canned water is that they say that it’s expensive. Taking into account the can, the shipping weight for the supplier, and the water you save with utilities, it might cancel out the expense for some people. So don’t be too quick to place price on the cons’ side of the list.
2. Heavy. Water is already pretty heavy by itself but adding cans to the mix can definitely add to the weight of the product. Sometimes this can make your overall water storage very heavy, but at the same time, it can be pretty portable in small amounts.