Water storage containers are found around the world in all shapes and sizes. Most larger communities will have a merchant or dealer who can sell some type of acceptable water container.
Note: The content on this page has been adapted from publications of World Health Organization (WHO) and Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST).
A safe water storage container should have the following qualities:
* Strong and tightly fitting lid or cover. The container may be plastic, metal, or ceramic, but the lid must fit tightly. In addition to this, the container must have a...
* Tap or narrow opening. Narrow openings prevent dipping into the container with a ladle or device that is unsanitary and can contaminate the water inside the container.
* A stable base so it doesn't tip over
* Must be durable and strong
* Should not be transparent (see-through)
* Easy to clean
Other safe water handling practices include:
* Using a container to collect and store untreated water and using it only for untreated water
* Using a different container to store treated water - never use this container for untreated water
* Frequently cleaning out the storage container with soap or chlorine
* Storing treated water off the ground in a shady place in the home
* Storing treated water away from small children and animals
* Pouring treated water from the container instead of scooping the water out of it
* Drinking treated water as soon as possible, preferably the same day
Sometimes it is difficult to find or buy a good storage container.
The most important things are to make sure that it is covered and only used for treated water.