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portable fuels tanks as water?

Due to size restraints i am unable to use the standard army style plastic water tank to tall. The smaller water or camping tanks are all to flimsy and will not tie or secure well to space i have . Can a plastic fuel or jerry can be used for water ? Seen a smaller size in either red gas yellow diesel or blue kerosene that would work well. All tanks new on store shelf never used . Are the water tank plastics treated diffrently than fuel or is it all the same except for color.
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I don't think there is any difference except if they have been used and that will certainly taint the water. But I'm not an expert. I would rinse it out well first, fill with water and a bit of bleach, let sit a few hours and then flush well, just like you would with a water tank annually.

And mark them as water containers so nobody puts anything else in them.
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Not all plastics are the same I wouldn't use fuel tanks. NRDC: Plastic Water Bottles -- Is "BPA-free" the Same as Safe?
What's wrong with these Campmor: Group Containers
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I don't think there's a difference in any of the cans, outside of color. The biggest danger, of course, is misidentifying it's contents, and not by you but by future crew. Here's a page that sells the can you're looking for, H2O specific;
Moeller Marine Online - Jerry Cans
Sure looks exactly the same as the gas/diesel/kerosene cans, just a different color
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Thanks guys, Good call on the BPA will check it out.
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