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No matter where you are or what you're doing, fresh, clean water is always a necessity. These water containers are just the ticket, lightweight and super tough so you'll have water wherever you go.
  • With a capacity of 5.3 U.S. gallons (20 liters), these cans feature a single carrying handle and screw top cap that stays securely in the closed position.
  • The small spout makes it easier to fill water bottles, and a vent provides great airflow for easy pouring.
  • Cans feature seamless all-plastic construction. They're tough, lightweight, permanently colored and will never rust.
  • Manufactured from food-grade materials, that are BPA free and will not add taste, odor, or any chemicals to the water.

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Dimensions: 18 3/4"H x 13 1/2"W x 6 3/8"D
Weight (Empty): 5.4 lbs.
Capacity: 20 liters
Materials: Food-grade plastic
Features:
  • BPA free

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  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    What is the diameter of the container opening? Thanks!
    Asked on 4/6/2014 by Potluck from Boston, Ma

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The opening is 3 1/2" in diameter.

      Answered on 4/7/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    Is it made in the USA?
    Asked on 7/7/2013 by Russ from Ohio

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, Hazelhurst, MS

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Russ,

      Can't answer your question re: US manufacturing. But bought two of these a few years back and have used them extensively on river trips. 

      The refill, pour, and air intake system (to allow even flow) all built into the single cap are great -- much improved design over the type with the funnels that fit inside the cap (and get kinda disgusting) and the little tabs (that get lost so easily). 

      I tried to find info on whether they had BPA (or other chemicals with questionable health effects) and couldn't find anything (but bought them anyway). 
      Good luck.  

      Sent from Mailbox for iPhone

      Answered on 7/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It says US Government on it so I would guess yes.

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a couple of them.  It states on the can that it is made in Mississippi.

      Answered on 7/7/2013 by juan from paradise, ca
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      it doesn't specifically say "made in the USA"  but it does say" made by: LC industries, in Hazlehurst, MS"
      :)

      Answered on 7/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      According to the embossed label on the container " MFG. BY: LC
      INDUSTRIES HAZELHURST, MS."
      Christopher

      Answered on 7/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Made in hazlehurst, MS

      Answered on 7/7/2013 by Jim - Camper with the whole family from San Jose, CA
  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    Is this sized to fit in the old military Jeep can holders?
    Asked on 5/5/2013 by Art from minneapolis, MN

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know - it seems as though this design has been around a long time, but how old is "old" I know that many of the jeeps in southern utah have racks that fit these jugs perfectly. Best to go to an army surplus and check both racks and containers.

      Answered on 5/12/2013 by Heavy D from Victor, Idaho
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can't swear by it but the sizing compared to my Jeep can seems right.
      Good Luck!

      Answered on 5/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes I believe it is. I have had no problems with it leaking or any other kind of problems. Recommend it for clean drinking water.....

      Answered on 5/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      i dont know but it looks like it.  sorry i cant be more specific.  there are prob measurements on the page for the jug..and so forth

      Answered on 5/5/2013 by juan from paradise, ca
  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    Is it BPA and other dangerous chemical free?
    I don't want the chemicals to leach into the water.
    Asked on 4/15/2013 by J from Washington

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      I can't say whether it is BPA free or not, but I do know that this water container is the same that the military has been using for decades.  I trust it, and I know many other people who do too!  :)

      Answered on 4/17/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know how a product with your concerns could sold, used as it has been, in such abundance. Bpa has to be eaten to ingest it. Well researched outfitters use this container with no health concerns...as do I.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 4/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      sorry i have no idea.  they just forward me this stuff to answer....i would expect that the chemicals are not free, you are probably paying for them!
      There is no such thing as an aluminum jug that I know of.
      OK, so interested, i went and read the description that is listed on the NRS website for this jug.....:
      "Manufactured from food-grade materials, that are BPA free and will not
      add taste, odor, or any chemicals to the
      water."
      enjoy!  they are good jugs

      Answered on 4/15/2013 by juan from paradise, ca
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Manufactured from food-grade materials, that are BPA free and will not add taste, odor, or any chemicals to the water.

      Answered on 4/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Made of food grade plastic which is chemical & BPA free. A wonderful
      asset at the campsite or on the water. Remember proper cleaning without
      harsh chemicals or extremely high liquid temps...

      Answered on 4/15/2013 by Anonymous
  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    Is water container made by Scepter?
    Asked on 12/8/2012 by Chris from Scottsdale

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      don't know. it's bomber - that's all that really matters.

      Answered on 12/8/2012 by Heavy D from Victor, Idaho
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No it is made by LC Industries. But the quality seems to be the same! I am
      happy with it.

      Answered on 12/8/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      i am almost positive it is. no visible difference.  it is the super heavy one...the best i have  seen for water jugs though it holds a bit less

      Answered on 12/8/2012 by juan from paradise, ca
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, it is made by a different company.

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, It's made by a company called LC Industries. It is labeled property of
      US Government. I've got an identical one that I got a long time ago that
      has a different manufacturers name on it, but not Sceptre.

      Answered on 12/10/2012 by Anonymous
  • Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    Q:

    Can you confirm that the depth of these containers is no more than 6-3/8" as listed in the specifications? I need four of them to replace some metal Jerry cans which have rusted and the four containers need to fit into a rack 26-3/8" wide.
    Asked on 8/24/2012 by 4WD van owner

    16 answers

    • A:

      This is made by LCI Industries not Sceptor. Both are made to military standards which means they are tough and durable. If they leak a bit, you can add 0 rings or tighen them up with a strap wrench. They are made with Food Grade plastic so should not leach plastic chemicals or taste into the water in the short term. Not really meant to store water for years.

      Answered on 2/9/2014 by Blee from San Francisco, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just measured mine and it is 6 3/8" deep.
      kb

      Answered on 8/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just went and measured definitely between 6 3/8 and 6 1/2 which should
      work in your rack....just make sure that they are the LCI jugs I can verify
      if they are specter jug they might be different. Both are mil spec.
      Check buylci.com for actual spec's;)

      Answered on 8/24/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These/water/gas/whatever you need are the best on the market
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/24/2012 by Papa snow from Cottonwood heights Utah
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think it will compress to 6 3/8 but loaded or unloaded the middle bulges to 6 1/2. It's been on three weeks of river trips in Idaho this season
      and hasn't deformed at all. Pretty sure all four would fit in your rack. They are by far the most durable water containers on the market.
      Cheers
      Don Sharaf

      Answered on 8/24/2012 by Heavy D from Victor, Idaho
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I measure mine at a hair over 6-1/2", but there is some flexibility in them
      so they might be able to be squeezed into a slightly narrower space...

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      My container measures 6 1/2", which would be 26" total for four of them. There is a slight bulge in the middle from usage, and container is empty. I might suggest filling the empty containers while in place in the rack to allow for any expansion if your rack is 26 3/8". I hope this is helpful!
      Cheers,
      Rob Harris

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are 6 3/8 inch wide without water in them
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I took my two containers and stacked them and measured. Since you will need them sit next to each other this might be a helpful test. 13 1/8 when measuring two. When I measured one it is close to the spec. The container isn't perfectly rectangular, it has rounded edges, I used my eye and not a level:) Good luck. I really like them, and would buy again, and recommend them.

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Jim - Camper with the whole family from San Jose, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      sorry it took so long to get back.  i was out of town working.  I pulled one jug off my shelf and squeezed it between 2 sheets of plywood....without being super careful and definitely not compressing it, I get 6 5/8 on the bottom and 6 1/2 on top.  Soooo, I would have to answer that no, 6 3/8 is not consistent and may never be the case.

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by juan from paradise, ca
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They are a little difficult to measure precisely as they seem to bow out
      slightly in the center and I need to eye-ball it. I get 6 1/2 to 6 5/8
      trying to include the bow at the center, but the at the sides it is
      definitely 6 3/8 all around. Since they are plastic they give a little so
      I would guess 4 would fit in your rack, maybe snug, but that might be a
      good thing.

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Forgive me if this reply is too late, but I have two of those water jugs. With ‘sag’, mine measure 6 1/2” wide, however, they can be forced into a smaller opening. You should probably have 26” for four of them just so that you’re not fighting them when you pulling them out – especially if they’re full!. That being said, they’re the best water jugs I’ve ever owned. I hope this helps.

      Answered on 8/26/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Both of mine each measure 7-1/4" side to side at the widest area (region
      embossed with "WATER") after having used them full of water in the hot sun.
      Note: I laid the open container on its side and used a level to aid the
      measurement, both unloaded and loaded (200lbs). Although the containers are
      pretty stiff I was able to squeeze them narrower by  7/8" each to 6-3/8" side to
      side at the widest area (empty). So, after use they apparently expand a bit and
      indeed measure more than the spec but you should get a snug fit for your rack.
      These are easy to use, very rugged water containers!

      Answered on 8/26/2012 by Bronco Billy from San Jose, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I measured them with water in and they are exactly 6 3/8

      Answered on 8/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I measured 6 3/8" but if the containers slightly bulge you may not get 4 of them in there???
      Good Luck

      Answered on 8/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I put a tape measure on mine today and find the containers to measure 6 3/8". My experience is that they do bulge slightly when full which expands that dimension slightly.

      Answered on 8/29/2012 by Anonymous
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Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container
 
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    The best water jug

    Purchased this to use on a Death Valley backcountry road trip. I tested the jug at home by filling it halfway with water and leaving it overnight upside down. With properly tightened caps,...Read complete review

    Purchased this to use on a Death Valley backcountry road trip. I tested the jug at home by filling it halfway with water and leaving it overnight upside down. With properly tightened caps, there were no leaks. When I first flipped the jug over I found that the vent cap needed to be tightened more than I expected.

    This container has a thick plastic body without being too heavy. This was our back-up water for emergencies and we did not use it until the drive home. The same water was in the jug from when we left home a week earlier and it still tasted great.

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    Heavy duty is right

    I leave in boat, too heavy when full to be lugging to the camp/kitchen. Hard to pour from into a smaller (2 1/2gallon) container unless you have something to set in...Read complete review

    I leave in boat, too heavy when full to be lugging to the camp/kitchen. Hard to pour from into a smaller (2 1/2gallon) container unless you have something to set in on higher than what you're pouring into. They are more user friendly if you sew up straps into a harness with a handle to pour with. Super strong should last a lifetime. My regular rafting buddies and I have 6 with strap harnesses.

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    5.0

    Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container

    By Magic canoe traveler

    from Midwest

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Heavy Duty
    • Leak proof

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Disaster Preparation
    • Emergency Water Supply
    • Long River Trips

    Comments about Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container:

    First saw this product on a trip to the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande - an 8 day canoe trip. The trip leader brought two of this HD container and two of another brand. This container could be stored in any position without leaking while the others had to be upright when we traveled. Also this container was a much more solid construction and came with extra lids. Excellent purchase decision.

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    • Comfort Driven
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    • No
     
    4.0

    The Ultimate Water Container

    By Creed

    from Park City, UT

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comes With Spare Cap
    • Lids Are Attached
    • Super Durable

    Cons

    • Hard To Pour
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • River

    Comments about Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container:

    A very durable container that will last forever. The pour spout is not as easy to operate as other containers. I have kids and our old water container had a twist valve to let water flow when laid on its side but it fell apart after a few years. This is just a cap that makes getting water more difficult especially for youngsters.

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    • Comfort Driven
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    • No
     
    5.0

    The bomb

    By Otdale

    from Colorado

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Design

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • River

    Comments about Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container:

    This is the one. Bpa free, clean able, durable, don't look at other h2o jugs. This is strapped to most pro Grand Canyon outfitters boats. It is so solid! Rides on the outside of our gear trailer ...no problem

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Prepared

    from Vancouver Washington

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backcountry
      • Preparedness
      • Travel

      Comments about Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container:

      This product is used for my emergency 72 hr kit. Very durable great purchase for anyone

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      • No
       
      4.0

      strong

      By juan

      from paradise, ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Doesn't leak
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use

      Best Uses

      • River

      Comments about Heavy-duty 5 Gallon Water Container:

      This is the only jug i have used that does not puncture eventually or break(or lose)parts,and does not leak if put on its side. I think it is annoying that the covers get in the way of the water when pouring but i can put up with that. It has no unattached parts that get lost in the sand or thrown away by well meaning imbeciles.

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      • Comfort Driven
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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