Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, or a zombie apocalypse that strikes your area, one constant will be your need for water. Most disaster preparedness sources will tell you that you need 1 gallon of water, per person, per day to maintain your health and hydration. As such, a family of four will very quickly find itself out of clean water, no matter how many gallons they get gouged for at the local Quik-E-Mart. That’s where the Reservoir Emergency Water System comes into play.
Designed to store up to 100 gallons of fresh water in a (more or less) sealed container, emergency water systems like the Reservoir and WaterBob (shown in the video, at top) are made of heavy, duty food grade plastics to keep your drinking water separated from the contaminants often found in an open bathtub. Contaminants like dirt, pet hair, soap film, etc., which would leave your water useless when you and your family need it the most.
You can find out more about using these water storage systems by checking out the WaterBOB video, above, or checking out my own quick “how to” on using the (visually and conceptually similar) Reservoir system, below. Enjoy!
Place the emergency water system at the bottom of the tub, being careful not to allow too much air to get in to the bag. Attach the “fill sock” to a clean (as clean as possible, anyway) faucet, and fill to the top of your bathtub (try not to go over, as the tub/floor may not hold to that much weight).
Gently push all the air bubbles towards the open fill sock. Remove as much air as possible before capping and sealing in your emergency water supply.
Attach the vacuum siphon to the second opening in the bag. This “pump” will be the faucet that pours out clean, safe, potable water for cooking, cleaning, drinking, etc. NOTE: you should try to avoid using clean water for flushing, and use gray water (like dish water, for example) as much as possible.
Use a clean container to collect the water, and don’t let anyone put their mouth on the “faucet”, since any potential contamination or contagion will have a potentially disastrous impact on anyone else using your emergency water supply. “Cooties” are a real thing when SHTF, and – as we’ve mentioned here, before – it’s the little things that’ll get you.
That’s all I’ve got – what about you? Have you used something similar to these water storage systems, or have you (like me) just filled the tub and hoped for the best when things got bad? Let know about your experiences in the comments, below.