Although it can often be collected during an emergency and/or disaster situation (see: H20 Collection), finding water isn’t guaranteed… especially when you’re living in an undead world. Storing and collecting water before or early on during a disaster or emergency situation can and will make a big difference in the long run, possibly even saving your life.
With literally hundreds of water storage solutions on the market, it’s hard to know when, where, and how to start. But we recommend getting a WaterBOB or two as a great stepping off point for anyone with a bathtub and a working faucet.
Constructed of heavy duty FDA approved food grade plastic, the WaterBOB is a low cost, light weight, and easy-to-use water collection and storage solution for anyone that has access to a working spout. Capable of storing up to 100 gallons of potable water for 4 weeks, a well stocked WaterBOB can easily mean the difference between life and death… not to mention a bit of help with hygiene when the pipes are out.
Depending on the size of your bathtub and the water pressure, it only takes about 20 minutes to fill a WaterBOB to capacity, meaning that with even just a little bit of warning, you’ll have time enough to fill it up and get prepared for any potential disaster on it’s way.
Filling a WaterBOB is a simple 4 step process: (images courtesy of WaterBOB.com)
While it’s really meant for use in a bathtub, a WaterBOB could be used with any sturdy container, as long as it’s large enough to hold it. This type of versatility makes the WaterBOB a great solution for both indoor and outdoor use… though bathtub placement does remain the simplest method.
The WaterBOB is rated as a recyclable one-time-use piece of equipment by the manufacturers, but if properly stored and taken care of, we believe that you could use a WaterBOB as a refillable long term water storage solution during a serious Zombie attack or other major disaster such as a large scale earthquake… as long as you take precautions to filter and purify the water after the first run.
The WaterBOB also comes with an easy to attach hand pump that has a flexible hose for filling pitchers and smaller containers to transport water in. After looking at the design of the hand pump, it’s possible that adding a piece of tubing to the “feed” end of the pump could turn it into an emergency fuel siphon.
The ability to potentially stretch the life of the WaterBOB across many months in an emergency, and the potential up-cycling uses of the materials (homemade water pouches, material for repairs, possible gas siphoning, shelter, etc.), combined with the low price tag and wide availability make the WaterBOB one piece of gear we honestly feel no one should be without.
So when you’ve got a little warning and a working faucet we recommend the WaterBOB as a great way to go, and because they come packed about the size of a toaster, you wont have any trouble finding a place to store it while you await the announcement of a Zombie horde.
Check out http://waterbob.com for more information or to purchase one of your very own for just $29.95 + shipping/handling.