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The Reservoir, Emergency Water Storage System 100 Gallons

4.6 out of 5 stars 419 customer reviews
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  • Converts any standard tub to emergency water storage
  • Protects stored water from tub's soap residue and airborne debris
  • Holds up to 100 gallons, enough for the whole family
  • Heavy-duty food-grade plastic meets FDA standards
  • Siphon pump dispenses into pitchers or bottles
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Product Description

Never get stuck in a long line to buy bottled water again! Hurricanes or tropical storms may disrupt or contaminate your water service for days, but you can stay comfortably at home with an ample supply of fresh, clean, safe water, thanks to this plastic liner that turns your tub into a sanitary storage tank.
Holds Up to 100 Gallons
Emergency management authorities recommend having on hand at least 3 days' worth of drinking water, allowing at least 1 gallon per person/pet per day. The Reservoir gives you the capacity to meet these minimums, with plenty left over for cooking, washing and flushing.
Keeps Stored Water Clean and Safe
Authorities recommend filling your bathtub with tap water. But that's a problem because it leaves water exposed to any dirt and debris that might fall in, as well as soap residues on the tub itself. The Reservoir insulates water from those contaminants with heavy-duty, food-grade plastic that meets FDA safety standards.
Easy to Fill, Easy to Dispense
The Reservoir is filled simply by sliding the fill tube onto the tub faucet and turning on the water. To get water out of The Reservoir, a siphon pump is included. Give the bulb a few squeezes to get it started and the water will flow automatically until you open the vent cap. The siphon tube fits into any bottle, jug, teakettle or other container opening. Just fill and go!

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Technical Details

Part Number 2242
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 13.4 x 7 x 3.8 inches
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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4.6 out of 5 stars 419 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #94,536 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#499 in Home Improvement > Safety & Security > Emergency & Survival Kits
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Date First Available June 28, 2013

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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 14, 2013
My wife and I live far enough from the seacoast that hurricanes seldom pose a serious threat, and we're not in an active earthquake zone. We do have county-wide "boil water" advisories once or twice a year, but there's no time to prepare for such events, so we keep a couple of gallon jugs of drinking water around for such events. But we have several friends who live in coastal areas where hurricanes do strike, and they routinely fill bathtubs with water in case their public water supply is cut off for an extended period of time.

The Reservoir emergency water storage system is made for that kind of situation, and it's a lot cleaner and safer to use than filling a bathtub. I tested the Reservoir in our unused upstairs bathtub. I placed the bladder (the manufacturer calls it a blister) in the tub and filled it about half full, using the "fill stocking" to connect the bladder to the faucet. It took about 10-15 ten minutes to fill the bladder about half full. The fill stocking would stay on the faucet without holding it, although a trickle of water leaked out. I tried removing the stocking, putting a thick rubber band over the faucet, then sliding the stocking back on and popping the rubber band around it, which stopped the leakage. I then removed the stocking and capped the bladder. I left the bladder in the bathtub overnight, and the next day, I saw no signs of leakage.

For taking water out, the siphon pump worked fairly well to fill a gallon jug sitting on the bathroom floor, but the flow stopped sometimes and had to be restarted by pumping. I think the problem is that the level of water in the jug was just slightly below the water level in the bladder.
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This is a great idea - a simple to use "water bladder" that fits in a bathtub and can hold water in case of emergency. It does work, but there are a couple of misses with regard to functionality.

Overall, the build quality is decent. It's thin plastic with heat-welded seams. I would not trust the seams to hold if you tried to use this as a standalone bladder, but when used in a tub (which is the way it was designed) the plastic thickness and seams are fine.

I like the filling method. It includes a plastic "sock" that you fit over the tub spout which, in turn, connects to the bladder. Simple way to make this workable regardless of the type of tub spout you have. It should be filled with cold water only. It says it holds 100 gallons - seems reasonable, although I didn't actually confirm that by measuring.

The weak spots are dispensing and emptying. It has a bulb-type siphon system for dispensing water. It worked, but was not easy to use since it depends on siphon action. Sometimes it worked great; other times it was difficult to get siphon action going. The siphon bulb is of only fair quality.

There is no "quick empty" feature - you have to siphon the water out when you want to empty it. That can be time consuming.

As for a rating, I give it a 5 for the overall concept - a great idea! It gets a 4 for build quality and a 5 for ease of filling. It gets a 3 for water dispensing and emptying. Overall rating: 4. Well worth having in the emergency kit.
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The Reservoir Emergency Water Storage system is simply a large heavy-duty plastic bag with a filling system and a siphon dispensing system to store water in large quantities—the volume of a tub up to 100 gallons. I think it could also be used with one of those giant commercial garbage cans.

During the 2003 blackout and the aftermath of the 2012 hurricane Sandy, I was without electricity for several days. My building's water supply is pumped up to a tank on the roof and if the electricity is out, that tank is used up in just a few hours. Then the only source of water is from the laundry room sink in the basement, many flights up and down the stairs. I have been fortunate to be able fill bottles and cooking pots with water for drinking and to be able to fill up the bathtub for water for washing and for flushing the toilet with a bucket. Unfortunately, in 2012 that water was contaminated both by waste water coming up through the drain and by airborne debris and I was only able to use it for flushing the toilet. In 2003, I lost some of the water when the rubber plug in the drain was accidentally displaced. The Reservoir solves both of these problems.

It is designed for single use and it would be difficult to dry it out for storage. The siphon dispensing system works well but it is important to fill the bag as full as possible for ease of dispensing as the tip of the flexible hose needs to be lower than the the intake pipe.

A sheet with clear, simple instructions in large type with illustrations is included and the whole system comes in an easily-identified and sturdy cardboard box to protect it until it's needed.
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