Best Emergency Canned Water For Preparedness And Survival

By Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: August 3, 2020

Canned WaterIf you’re looking for the best canned water on the market today, you’ve come to the right place! When it comes to stockpiling emergencies, canned water makes the process simple.

Just figure out how much you need, make a purchase, and put it on the shelf. Done.

You can avoid the hassles of purchasing other emergency water containers such as:

  • stackable plastic containers
  • 50-gallon drums
  • large tanks
  • water bladders
  • etc.

Each of these “other” water storage options takes a bit more effort and education to get right.

For example, you’ll need to purify the water before you add it to these containers. And you may also need a rotation plan as well.

Plus, there are many amateur mistakes you’ll want to avoid to keep your water safe for the long haul.

And that’s the beautiful thing about canned water – it’s pretty much foolproof!

Not that you’re a fool if you choose canned water – it’s genius, IF you can afford it (which we’ll talk about later).

The bottom line is this:

Canned water makes stockpiling water easy and foolproof. Cans help you avoid any mistakes and keeps the clean, sanitary water at the ready.

That’s why today I’m going to share everything I know about canned water, specifically:

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No need to make this complicated – canned water is water put into sealed aluminum cans.

That Was Easy, right? Not so fast.

Not all canned water is created equal. Some canned water is worthy of your hard-earned dollars, while others are rubbish.

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Can Size

The size of the can shouldn’t be too small or too large. Why? Because, if the cans are too small, you’ll be spending more money than necessary. Smaller cans require more aluminum per ounce of water.

However, if the cans are too large, they are difficult to handle individually due to the weight. Plus, large cans are harder to keep organized, and stacking them could become an issue due to crushing.

The ideal can size is roughly 40 fl. oz per can.

Quality Seals

The last thing you want your canned water to do is leak all over. Not only would that be an absolute mess, but you’d lose your emergency water investment.

However, canning is a well-established process nowadays. So the odds of getting a batch of cans with poor seals is very low.

But that doesn’t mean it CAN’T happen. So check any cans you receive immediately and return if any of the cans look suspicious.

No Pop Tabs

You DO NOT want the cans to look like soda cans. These cans have pop tabs on top to make it simple to crack them open anywhere WITHOUT a tool.

Sure these pop tabs are great for a soda that will get consumed within a few months from manufacturing. But they only add a weak point when you’re talking about storing something for decades.

Your emergency canned water should look more like a can of beans instead of a soda can. A design that requires a can opener to get at what’s inside. These cans are heartier and will last longer without concern.

Long Shelf Life

Canned water is an investment in your water security for YEARS and DECADES to come. So you want to invest in water that will last as long as possible.

Look a brand of canned water that offers at least 30 years of shelf life guaranteed. And if you store your water in a safe, cold, dark location, it may last well past this expiration date.

So if you’re making this investment in your 30’s or 40’s, this could be a lifetime’s worth of emergency supplies. (Assuming you never end up needing it along the way. And if you do end up needing it – THANK GOD you had it!)

The Water Canned Is Purified

You’ll want to make sure the manufacturer is using purified water and not just regular tap water. Regular tap water often includes trace amounts of chemicals, bacteria, and organic material.

Over time, these trace contaminants can spur mold growth. Obviously, this will make your lifesaving water dangerous to consume!

So make sure the water in the can includes the proper added minerals and alkalinity.

These additions are the key to the water staying safe for at least 30 years or more.

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Water is a precious commodity in emergencies, and it can become scarce in any sort of disaster. In a best-case scenario, you would never have a reason to dip into your water storage. But the truth is, emergencies and natural disasters happen, and they rarely give us time to prepare.

By stocking up now, you avoid having to rush to find freshwater in a disaster.

It’s wiser to prepare now and never use your supply than be empty-handed when disaster strikes.

Keep Family Safe For The Future

Drinking water is essential for survival and having a supply on tap for 30 years

Confidence IN Preparations

Some canned water brands have a shelf-life of 30 YEARS! So you never have to worry about it going bad or needing periodic rotation.

Safe Potable Water

Canned water achieves purification by adding minerals and increasing the overall alkalinity.

Easy, Safe Consumption

Storing water in an old-fashioned way can be a time-consuming and challenging affair. But with canned water, all you have to do is open the top, and it’s ready!

So there’s no need to worry about water purification methods such as:

  • boiling
  • adding bleach
  • adding water tablets
  • water rotation strategies
  • etc.

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Honestly, I cannot decide the amount of canned water is right for you. However, I can recommend how much I think you should consider stockpiling. AND how to calculate the total gallons necessary to meet that goal.

How Much?

At a bare minimum, you should invest in two weeks’ worth of water for your family. This amount is especially right if you’re just starting on your own stockpiles.

Now, I DO NOT believe that is where you should stop. But if you’re worried about the future, two weeks will help you get some basic preparations in place.

And if your finances allow, by all means, go big right away – maybe even get a years’ worth now and be done with it. But most people cannot make such a significant investment.

Once you have two weeks’ worth, it’s time to move to other critical preparations. Then once those are complete, start adding more water to your stockpile.

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Once ALL your basic preps are in place, you should begin adding more water to your supplies.

Ultimately, I like targeting at least three months of water to live a resilient life. And if you’re extremely anxious about a doomsday scenario shoot for one year’s worth of water.

But start at two weeks, then move on to two months and keep going if it suits you.

How To Calculate How Much You Need

Ok, this can be a bit tricky. According to FEMA, individuals should drink at least half a gallon of water per day.

So that’s the bare minimum. But FEMA’s not considering what people need for food preps and sanitation needs.

That’s why I like to add another half gallon to that recommendation. And I estimate using 1 gallon per person per day (instead of a half gallon).

Then you’ll know for sure you’ll have plenty for your set storage goal.

Otherwise, you may end up short of what you “THOUGHT” you had when the crisis hits—running low while cooking your meals, washing your face, and flushing your toilet.

If you agree with my assessment, then the math is relatively easy to calculate.


Note: family members may include pets, especially any large breed dogs

So let’s say you have a family of 4 and you’d like to have two months of emergency canned water stockpiled.

(A Family of 4) X (1 Gallon Per Person) X (60 Days) = 240 Gallons


You may want to keep your drinking water and your food/sanitation water separate. This strategy allows you to use canned water for drinking. And use other water storage methods for your cooking and sanitation needs.

This strategy can save some money since canned water is not the cheapest way to do this. In this case, use ½ gallon for your canned water needs and ½ gallon for your “other” water needs.

So the equation would become 4 X 0.5 X 240 = 120 Gallons

But again, I recommend you also store 120 Gallons beyond just the canned water. So you’d need 120 gallons of canned water and 120 gallons of “other” water.

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Oddly, water is a cheap commodity in much of the modern world. For example, most people in the U.S. pay less than $0.025 per gallon.

These low costs seem odd to me because water is such a precious resource – more valuable than gold. We need it to live! That’s why some feel like water should be a RIGHT, so keeping it extremely affordable is a human right.

Politics aside, water has traditionally been an abundant resource in most modern cities. But that concept is coming into question in recent years.

Cities across the world are beginning to run out of WATER! Yikes.

But why is water stored in cans so much more expensive than water stored in 50-gallon drums or large tanks?

First off, the market isn’t huge for canned water drinkers. So there are very few vendors who make canned water. On top of this, material costs tend to be more expensive for aluminum, and shipping water is HEAVY!

So shipping costs are WAY higher vs. an empty plastic container.

Honestly, that’s what’s causing the most significant disparity in price. Plastic containers don’t weigh all that much when shipped empty. But canned water is filled and shipped from the factory.

So shipping, material, and labor costs, as well as a lack of competition, boost the price of canned water.

Ok, it’s more expensive but HOW much more precisely?

To answer this, let’s make a price comparison between canned water vs. stackable water storage containers:

576 fl. oz. of canned water currently costs about $87.99 (on the day this post went live).

576 fl. Oz. EQUALS 4.5 Gallons

So if you bought 10 (2packs) that would cost $967.89 and would equate to 49.5 gallons of water.

A 30 Gallon package of stackable containers currently costs $119.99 (on the day this post went live)

AND a 20 Gallon package of stackable containers currently costs $89.99 (on the day this post went live)

So 30 Gallons + 20 Gallons = 50 Gallons – slightly more than the 49.5 (close enough).

Legacy Premium Stackable 5-Gallon Containers

OR $119.99 + $ 89.99 = $289.98 for 50 Gallons worth of water storage!

But wait, you still need to fill them with water BUT (big but) tap water is currently CHEAP. Even the most costly locations in the U.S only charge around $0.025 per gallon (in the year 2020).

So at 50 Gallons, that’s only $1.25!!

The total cost for storing 50 gallons of water TODAY using stackable containers IS ONLY = $289.98 + $1.25 = $291.23

So on a cost per Gallon comparison, you end up with:

So buying canned water for your emergency water storage costs over 3X MORE!

Too rich for my blood!

That’s why I bought a bunch of these stackable 5-gallon containers for my emergency water storage needs.

You can go here to read my step-by-step process and the exact stackable water containers I bought.

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Ok, so maybe the price isn’t an obstacle for you. Great, because canned water is AWESOME if the price is not an issue!

And if I were going to buy some canned water TODAY, I’d definitely go with eQuenchel Water.

Why? Because their use an in house, state-of-the-art filtration system that purifies water through an 8-stage process:

  1. Sand filter
  2. Charcoal filter
  3. 5-micron filter
  4. Reverse osmosis stage one
  5. Reverse osmosis stage two
  6. 0.3-micron filter
  7. Ultra-violet treatment
  8. Ozone sterilization

The water is also sealed in thick, high-quality aluminum cans that include:

  • Zero leaching—provides 100% protection from gasses, light, moisture, and other contaminants
  • BPA-free, polymer-based epoxy coating prevents any interaction of aluminum ions with the beverage and prevents the taste of metal
  • Supports up to 250 pounds of direct weight
  • Rustproof and resistant to corrosion
  • Infinitely recyclable

It’s also one of the most thoroughly tested beverage containers ever manufactured. For example, BCG independently tested nine samples of emergency canned water produced between 1975 and 2019.

Every can, even the oldest, was found to be safe and drinkable. Across the board, the taste was good, comparable to most bottled waters on store shelves.


Canned water has many pros – easy, foolproof, long shelf life, and safe. But has one major con – price.

So, if the extra costs don’t bother you, then you’ll be delighted with your investment.

It’ll put you at ease, knowing for a FACT, you have lifesaving water on hand no matter how insane the world becomes.

Take your future into your own hands – start living a resilient life by investing in a stockpile of H2O.

“Just In Case” Jack

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