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Great Single Use Emergency Water System. Peace of Mind!,
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This review is from: waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) (Tools & Home Improvement)
I live in Hurricane country...not the heart of it but we get schwacked as they move north pretty regularly. I also live on the water (yes, I know, I know) and deal with the nor'easters coming in now and again. In short, power can and does go out for up to 9 days when these things occur.
Being the thrify sort I do consider the cost per gallon as well as the space required for anything I have tucked away for emergencies. Those hard sided water containers are very sturdy, but they also take up enormous amounts of room and 2 of them are more than the current Amazon price for the waterBob with less than 1/6th the water storage. The collapsable water carriers are smaller to store and I do have those, but they also cost more per gallon by a long shot. The disposable mylar ones are a cheap option, but they are VERY difficult to get around without puncturing.
All in all, considering space required for storage and the cost per gallon, the waterBob is by far the cheapest and best option.
Color me skeptical but I like to try everything before I trust in it during an emergency. So, I picked up one of these and used it. I filled it pretty quickly and without any mess at all. It all went into the Bob and not slopping around in the tub. The form fit the tub almost perfectly and it filled completely. The siphon thingie works fabulously and I really like how it shrinks down as the water empties and keeps air out. Nice feature there.
But, like all things, there is a catch. This product is absolutely a one use item. I fiddled about with it trying to figure out a way to re-use it if I were ever in a situation where it couldn't be replaced. And no, there's no way to dry it out. I tried a blow drier up near the tube...uh, yes, that was dumb. I tried it though. Hanging it up...nope. Not even slitting it open in a discreet location and then blow drying it out is completely clean and I would have doubts about the ability of a repair to hold under pressure.
Of course, there is the ability to keep filling it. If you are in an emergency where the water isn't flowing regularly, as long as this thing is in use there's no reason not to keep filling it up. That gives it even great value.
Overall, given the price right now on Amazon, you can store water safely for about 20 cents a gallon. That is the cheapest thing out there especially when you consider the space required when not in use. This isn't even as big as a shoe box when not in use.
NOTE: The price varies considerably on Amazon. If you want to track the price, put it on a shopping list and it will tell you when the price increases or decreases from the date when you added it. With Prime there is no shipping cost as of right now and $22 dollars or less is a good price compared with elsewhere. It will go up when a lot of people by them at once.
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Initial post: Mar 17, 2016 11:16:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2016 11:17:55 AM PDT
Johnny Beans says:
Shipping the 55 gallon barrels is expensive no matter who you buy them from. Their advantage is you can keep them ready to go (with proper water treatment) for up to 5 years. The water bob is definitely better than nothing but requires you to fill it in advance, which you might not be able to do. If you can get the barrels locally, they are worth having.
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