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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definitely a product to buy from REI I bought two of these from my local REI and filled them up when I got home. The first one leaked immediately from the threads where the white spigot connects to the blue jug. It may have been fixable with some thread sealing tape (plumbers tape) but rather than deal with that I returned that one. The two I have now seem to work just fine though I haven't used them much. I wouldn't buy this product from anywhere that doesn't have a generous return policy, like REI. These jugs seem to be very inconsistent in quality. If I new there were a better product out there, I'd probably go with that. But as of now, this is the best I've found.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yes, they tend to leak, I found a fix. They do tend to leak, the threads on the spout don't seal well with the screw lid. I fixed it with several layers of pink (heavy duty) plumbers tape around the threads. The vent cap leaks, the blow molding was uneven. That can be fixed by using fine sandpaper with a sanding block to smooth the seal. The stop cock turns too easily and can slip off, that can be fixed with the thick rubber broccoli band. It works now with the modifications, but I shouldn't need to do this.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall decent water storage. Overall this is a good container for car camping and emergency water storage. Holds lots of water and the included spigot is very useful. As mention by others, the spigot leaks some. My learning experience... best bet is to keep the spigot on top and tip the container to its side when water is needed to prevent leaks. Same goes for storing these containers. I've had mine for over two years and it's held up well. It's always topped off with water in the garage for emergencies. It has been on probably 8 - 10 camping trips, mostly 4x4 trips.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm buying them again I've had two of these for about 15 years, and am about to replace both of them (finally wore out). I've used them a lot in cold conditions in the fall and winter in the Rockies and Pac NW mountians. They've also bounced around in car, truck and drift boat on summer camping or float trips. I really like the size and shape, esp. for cold weather use. Large and square (as opposed to narrow) slows down the freeze rate. They don't tip over easily. Not bad to carry and handle given their capacity. A bunch of times I've partially frozen them, then thawed them out by campfire or wood stove--seems like they should have died earlier. The only "bad" is that when the drain spouts are out and they are in pouring position there's a little leakage that increases as they get older.
Date published: 2010-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Reliance jugs decay in sun quickly I have used these for years, but not because they are a good product. They are just like the others in that the plastic has no UV protection. I generally have to replace them every year. But usually find out I have a leak on a trip and end up with water spilling all over my gear. Some entrepreneur needs to make a UV resistant consumer grade 5gallon jug with spigot.
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from has plastic aftertaste!!! I bought two of these. I started with trying to rinse them out with dish shoap. did not work. water has plastic after taste which was very strong, I could smell it in the water. then I tried to clean it with a lot of baking soda (as directed by reliance) did not work. then I tried cleaning and leaving vinegar + water in it overnight. nope...still did not work. After two of trying to make these work, I finally gave up and returned them.
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its OK I bought this to serve three purposes. 1) Store extra water in my appt for emergencys 2) Store water at the campsite 3) Haul water out to my deck to water my plants. This works pretty good for 1 and 2, but not really for three. Once it's full, you cant pour from it. It needs a second handle on the top/back to tip it. Also, when it is very full, the one handle on top seems to bow a bit, making it harder to carry. Loved the cap/spicket design. So I took this back and got the two handled, skinnier Reliance container. That one serves all three purposes and seems a bit more sturdy too.
Date published: 2009-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid I bought two of these to take on a ten day car camping trip. They were very solid, and I had no issues with them. I made sure to keep them upright in the car to avoid any possible leak issues. Even when I had them tipped on the side when I was using them, I didn't notice any drips or leaks. I was very impressed that there was no plastic taste in the water, even after the water had been inside for a few days. The carry handles work great and the reversible water spigots are nice too... especially during transport. These are awesome and I think they will last a long time.
Date published: 2011-12-31
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Questions & Answers

Does REI carry the spigots? Mine has cracked after 3 outings and now leaks. The company sells replacements but with shipping cost more than a new jug! 

Asked by: Retrorider
At this time, REI does not currently stock replacement spigots for Reliance Aqua-Tainers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-17

What should I use to preserve the water I put in these? I purchased three of them last weekend for a trip I'm going on weekend after next. I plan to wash them out, but don't know what to use, or how much, to preserve the water I'll fill them with.

Asked by: RichD
Clean tap water does not need to be treated if it is bacteria-free and you are storing it in a properly cleaned, opaque water container. Depending on the quality of water, it should be changed at least every 90 days.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-09

What is the weight of this when full of water? I checked the manufacturer's site and couldn't find the information there, either.

Asked by: DebD
​The filled weight is about 60.5 pounds.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-26

What is the circumference of the biggest opening on this container?  Will a zodi outback gear 12v shower pump fit inside? 

Asked by: vanlifer
The fill hole is approximately 3 inches wide. As long as the widest measurement of the Zodi Outback Gear 12V Shower does not exceed 3 inches, it's likely it fits.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-16
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