Water storage...looks good!

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by bnmb, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. bnmb

    bnmb On Hiatus Banned

    I wish I had this here...looks pretty useful and it would be possible to adapt it for a barrel also...


    WaterBOB®: emergency drinking water storage
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  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Yep, a lot of preppers like it. Don't have one myself, as I prefer a more solid plastic tanks - but this is more mobile. Easy enough to take to a hunting cabin or campsite and then fill by use of a big gravity filter unit.
  3. Siskiyoumom

    Siskiyoumom Monkey+

    We got a six pack of these for Christmas gifts and two for our home.
    We have them as back up, for a known disaster in the making, ie. wild land fire/winter storm/civil unrest. And for grid issues with our on grid loved ones.

    We got a great price buying direct from the company versus from buying from a "preparedness" retailer. $19.00 vs $39 from the red cross online store.

    We will post a review once we actually use one.
  4. randy

    randy Monkey+

    I was looking at this and I guess my question is how would you fill it, when you needed it? Without some kind of warning.
  5. survivor44

    survivor44 Monkey+

    That's a good price on those. and it just makes such good sense, compact to store until you need it.
  6. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    I wonder if they could be used to hold fuel in a pinch....
  7. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    WaterBob Answers

    I recall several incidents where we did have early notice of an upcoming water shut-off due to street construction (replacing water pipes). The local grocery stores were stripped of jugs of water very quickly--and they were not re-stocked in a prompt manner.

    As for the filling of the WaterBob bladder, you just place into your bathtub and fill it from the spout that normally fills your tub. Once it is filled, you can pump/transfer water as needed until it is depleted. I bought one as soon as I came across this product.

    I can, however, see your point about a lack of warning because not all water shortage incidents are preceded by a warning. If you need absolute assurance that the WaterBob will never be wasted due to a lack of warning, then this is not for you.

    For our needs, the WaterBob is part of our potential response to a short term water shortage.

    CANDY fISHER Monkey+

    wow these are cool, and Im thinking one could fill one if crap hit the fan as there is water Im sure for the first few hours don't you think? I mean the power may go out but one can still get some water for a short time right? ( I hope lol
  9. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    Part of our Bug-In Kit

    WaterBob is definitely part of our Bug-In strategy.

    My wife does not always agree with all of my prepping choices. However, she did enthusiastically support the WaterBob purchase.
  10. dreamin'

    dreamin' Monkey+

    I ordered one a while back and have it stored away. Thankfully I have not had to use it yet.
  11. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    Shelf Life

    Ours is stored away also. As far as I can tell, you can hang onto your WaterBob for years and still have it ready to go when the need arises.
  12. sltintexas

    sltintexas Monkey+

    does it have a drain at the bottom so you can easily drain it if you don't need the water?

    cheaper than dirt has them for $19.
  13. thebastidge

    thebastidge Monkey+

    A project I would like to do at my current house, is set up a water barrel in-line with the washing machine. The idea is a plastic food-grade barrel, set up on a sturdy stand at least waist-high. Plumb a spigot with standard hose fitting (like an outside faucet) to the bottom of the barrel, just above the rounded edge (leaves room for sediment to settle). Plumb another hose connector to the top of the barrel, and a second fitting at the top which can be opened as an air inlet.

    Connect the cold water faucet at the back of the washing machine to the top of the barrel, with a standard washing machine hose. Connect the bottom spigot from the barrel to the inlet of the washing machine. Keep the air inlet closed, and run the washing machine as though there were no change. You have a constant flow through the barrel keeping the water always fresh, no more than a day or two at most, in most households.

    In an emergency, part of your checklist should be to immediately turn off the cirty water connection before it reaches the barrel- simply turn off the faucet behind your washing machine. Open the air inlet on the top of te barrel, disconnect the hose from the bottom spigot and you now have a gravity fed cistern with 55 gallons of fresh water, that doesn't require any lifting of containers (at 8 pounds to the gallon plus container weight) at a convenient height, and a standard valve to cut off the flow. Total parts cost less than $50, less if you have a source for some of the parts used. All can be done with simple hand tools. Don't forget your teflon tape- leaks are bad, mkay? You can even disguise the whole thing behind a cabinet if you think it's unaesthetic or are worried about people thinking you are crazy.

    Unfortunately, my laundry area in my garage isn't terribly suited to this scheme, with other things in the way of placing the barrel and stand.
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  14. Bobb

    Bobb On Hiatus Banned

    well thought and doable! i like it!
  15. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Water Barrels... source...

    I do not know what you folks are using for large Water Storage, where you are, but up here, we have a source of 350USG Potable Water Tanks, that are very nice for this purpose. These are cube shaped tanks, and come with a variety of drain connections from NPT plastic fittings, to Cam-Lock connectors. If you have a local Medium to Large airport close to you, they use these same Tanks, to distribute the DeIcing Fluid, for medium and large Aircraft, and the tanks are Throw-Away, once empty. You can check with the Aircraft Services contractor at those airports, and they will know who disposes of these tanks when they are empty. Many places have to PAY to get rid of these, and some have found that folks want then and sell them for $40US ea. See the attached picture of one of my tanks....

    You can see my Insulated Storage Totes in the background....
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  16. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Anybody have any idea what the wall thickness of these are?

    These look like they would need some type of container to hold their shape?
  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    They have a fair Wall thickness, and can be used as is, HOWEVER they will bulge out a bit when full. They also are a bit UV sensitive, so a plywood or cardboard containment could fix this issue. We have folks using them as diesel fuel Tanks as well. Very versatile. Some of the DeIcing Fluid Tanks come in an Aluminum Tubing Frame, that makes then stackable, and are made using UV Resistant colored material. The ones that I get here come in a Cardboard Container, but I burn those because they do NOT hold up when they get WET, and it does RAIN a lot, here a-bouts.....
  18. cdwoods

    cdwoods Monkey+

    Waterbob - Cheaper Than Dirt

    Well Cheaper Than Dirt caught on. They now have these listed for $29.97 about a $10.00 increase in a little over a month?
  19. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    Re-Use Chem Tanks for H20?

    Am I reading correctly? ...... re-use tanks that held de-icing fluid for storing drinking water? ....... no amount of cleaning can make these tanks useable ...... questionable that these tanks are made from food grade plastic (virgin plastics) to start with ....
  20. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    You read right... What you fail to understand, is that the De-Icing Fluid used is both Bi-Degradable, and Non-Toxic. It is also water Soluble, so that they can be cleaned with simple ethanol based cleaners. Also the tanks that We have here, local, come filled with a Dextrose Based Liquid, (Sorbitol, which means they MUST be FDA Approved Food Grade Tanks) that is used in the Salmon Caviar Processing, and we go thru them, at a rate of four per day, when in full production. We have to PAY our Solid Waste Contractor to get rid of them, and giving them to locals saves us that expense. These are the same containers that are used for the Aircraft De-Icing Fluid, as they all come from the SAME OEM.
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