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Of all the materials used by water barrel manufacturers, plastics such as high density polyethylene (HDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polypropylene are the most common; however, metals such as stainless steel may also be used in instances in which the water has not been and will not be treated with chlorine as it is highly corrosive to most metals. Read More…

Water Barrels Water barrels collect and store water through ductwork that is fixed to the roofs of buildings such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses. Water barrels are most often used as rain barrels, which are specifically for collecting and storing rain water runoff.
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Cranbury, NJ  |  800-260-3786

For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum Company has been a reliable supplier of 55 gallon drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000.

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Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc. $$$

Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items.

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Container Distributors, Inc. $$$

Chicago, IL  |  800-760-3786

Jakacki Bag & Barrel is the largest nationwide dealer for 55 gallon drums. Since 1942, we have sold 55 gallon drums of all assortments.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Richfield, WI  |  262-250-7566

For over 100 years, Illing Company has been recognized as a leader in the container distribution industry. Illing’s mission is to deliver the right product at the right time to satisfy our customers’ requirements. It is our belief that in maintaining a vast inventory of packaging solutions, we can immediately respond to our customers’ requirements.

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Illing Packaging $$$

Mableton, GA  |  866-681-7048

Established in 1994 we have been a family owned and operated business ever since the beginning. Our staff boasts over eighty-five years of combined field industry experience and they are dedicated to putting all of that experience into each and every encounter that we are a part of in order to exceed customer expectation every time. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you visit our website today!

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Advance Drum Service, Inc. $$$
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The most popular plastic choice, polyethylenes do have a downside as they are somewhat permeable to hydrocarbon vapors and should be kept away from stored gasoline, kerosene and similar substances. HDPE, however, offers a distinct benefit in that it is a FDA-approved material. Proper water storage is incredibly important for many industries including: sports and recreation, for applications such as hiking, climbing and other cardio-related activities; beverage, for water bottling applications, especially if water is collected from natural sources; agricultural and gardening, for use in irrigation applications; and wastewater, for use in storage of potentially hazardous tainted water.

As water barrels are most often plastic, then they are generally going to be formed through an injection blow molding process (metal would be formed through rotational molding or similar processes). The injection blow molding process is a combination of injection molding and blow molding. To begin injection blow molding, a parison is formed when a thermoplastic preform is heated to a molten state and then injected around a hollow mandrel, referred to as a blow stem. Once semi-cured, the newly formed parison is soft and formable.

Still around the stem, the parison is then placed into the blow molding chamber. Next, the steel blow stem is extended, forcing elongation of the plastic to the desired barrel size, typically 55 gallon, and also enhancing the tensile strength of the barrel. Then, the hollow blow stem is used to inject compressed air into the parison, causing the near-molten plastic to inflate like a balloon.

The inflation results in compression against the walls of the mold cavity, forcing the barrel to take shape. After cooling and hardening, the mold ejects the newly formed water barrel is ejected. Immediately, the water barrel exhibits a seamless design and does not require further trimming. As injection blow molding machines use multiple mandrels, they may be used to form a maximum of 12 water barrels at once.

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