Last Updated on May 19, 2021

Do you move your pigs around your farm? Today, I want to show you how to make a portable pig waterer drinker out of a 275 gallon tote that you can move with your hogs to keep them hydrated.

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Portable Pig Waterer From a 275 Gallon Tote


I raise pigs and rotationally graze them around my property through various fields and paddocks. With that being the case, having portable waterers for my pigs is a must. I primarily use 275 gallon totes for this purpose.

My favorite thing about 275 gallon totes is how portable they are. If you have a tractor with forks, it’s real easy to just to pull up to it, lift it up, take it some place else, and set it down where you need it. When they’re empty, it’s also pretty easy for two people to move one as well.

Another great thing about them is that they hold 275 gallons of water. That’s a lot of water and it lasts my pigs quite a while.

Also, on the top, they typically have a pretty large opening which makes it easy to fill them up or use a pressure washer to clean them out.

With that being said, today what I want to show you how to take one of these and turn it into a pig waterer for your pigs.



Parts You Will Need

275 Gallon IBC Tote

275 Gallon IBC Tote

The first thing you need is a 275 Gallon IBC Tote. I have found the best place to find these is either on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Some of these have had toxic liquids transported in them so make sure you get one that previously had food grade liquids in it or is brand new.


275 Gallon Tote Drain Adapter

The next thing you’ll need is this adapter that connects to the tote itself and converts it into a three-quarter inch male connector.


1/2″ Female to 3/4″ Female Adapter

Then, you’re going to need this pipe coupler which is a three-quarter inch female to half inch female adapter.


1/2″ Thread Pig Nipple Drinker

And then, you’ll need the nipple drinker itself which is a half inch male connector.



Putting the Parts Together

Portable Pig Waterer From a 275 Gallon Tote - Parts

Once you have all of the parts, you’re going to connect all three of these together.


Portable Pig Waterer From a 275 Gallon Tote - Parts Together

You should wrap the threads using Teflon tape to help to avoid leaks. Once your parts are assembled it should look like the picture above.



Installing the Parts on the 275 Gallon Tote

Portable Pig Waterer 275 Gallon Tote Adding Nipple

Alright, now that you’ve got it assembled you just simply screw it on to the front of the tote. You can simply hand tighten it. Once you open the valve, you should have no leaks and it’s ready for your hogs.



Video Instructions


If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below. I’m always happy to help.



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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jordan

    Can any pig learn to use the nipple style waterer? and is it enough flow for them to get what they need

    1. Casey

      Yes, I’ve never had a problem with any of my pigs learning how to use one of these. There’s a flow adjustment on the back of them underneath the wire screen. I always turn it to the largest hole to give them max flow and that has always been enough for them.

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