We are debating at the moment how to carry our drinking water into the outback I hate that plastic taste from the big containers like a jerry can. The metal ones seem very heavy when you fill up with 20l of water. I have thought about having seperate drinking water and for tea ( nice water) in say 2 l bottles and then some plastic jerry cans for other uses. We are camping in a tent, so dont have seperate water tanks etc.
Thats what we did when we went to Mungo. We bought a big container from coles of water with the little tap on it like a goon bag and used a 20L plastic jerry can with water from home for washing up etc... Was easy.
We use the large bottles from safeway when away with our tent.( you can reuse them, taps pull of them ) As we take a large(60 lt) Esky, we freeze one or 2 and use it for cooling and water back up. Esky for drinks,Waeco for leafe type food. Titch
We went outback last year and carried way to much drinking water with us. Everywhere we pulled up for fuel or a beer was selling water. In the end we just bought 10 litres as we went. It wasn't a problem.
I found that the water in the cardboard cartons were the way to go. They packed square, and I froze the baldders when not quite empty to fill the space in the Waeco as food etc dwindled. The cardboard went into a recycling bin or on a fire. Black and Gold brand seemed best value for money.
I agree with Glenn, the 'casks' are very user friendly.
However, we generally use 20L plastic jerries and don't have any issue with tainted taste. Need to fill them direct from the tap or with a food grade hose (we use the one from our camper). Our camper has a 60L tank and that's been fine too. We usually have two 5L 'Willow' containers in the car as an emergency supply as we might do a day trip away from the camper. With the 20l Jerries, I'll empty one into the camper tank as soon as we've used enough and fill with river/bore water to use for washing up (if available). I have them numbered and keep track of what has 'swamp' water in it. We wash them all when we get home.