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WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons)
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- Disposable! One time use only!
- Holds 100 gallons of fresh drinking water
- Keeps water fresh for up to 12 weeks
- Attaches to faucet, fills in minutes and includes pump to dispense water
- Made of FDA approved food grade materials and is BPA-Free
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About the waterBOB:
The waterBOB is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in virtually any bathtub in the event of an emergency. The waterBOB keeps water fresh and clean for drinking, cooking, washing and sanitation for up to 12 weeks. Constructed of tough, heavy-duty plastic, the waterBOB stays within FDA food grade guidelines and is BPA-free.
Never Be Without Water:
A hurricane, tropical storm, flood or storm surge can interrupt or even contaminate your water supply. Water stored in an open bathtub, with dirt, soap film and exposure to debris will spoil and become useless. With the waterBOB you and your loved ones will never have to risk ingesting contaminated water.
Always be Prepared:
While others rush to the store for bottled water, only to find empty shelves, or wait in line for water with dirty containers, taking the risk by drinking potentially hazardous water, you will feel secure knowing that the clean, fresh water stored in your waterBOB is available for you, your family and your pets too!
The waterBOB is very easy to use. Simply lay the liner in any bathtub, attach the fill sock to the faucet and fill the bladder to capacity, which takes approximately 20-40 minutes, depending on your water flow. A siphon pump is included to easily dispense the water into jugs or pitchers. Never wait in line again to buy expensive bottled water.
U.S. Patent 8,627,980
From the Manufacturer
The waterBOB is a water containment system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh drinking water in virtually any bathtub in the event of an emergency. The waterBOB keeps water fresh and clean for drinking, cooking, washing and flushing. Water stored in an open bathtub, with dirt, soap film and exposure to debris will spoil and become useless. A hurricane, tropical storm, flood or storm surge can interrupt or even contaminate your water supply. It is during these conditions the waterBOB may be used for temporary water storage. Constructed of heavy duty plastic that is FDA compliant for food storage, the waterBOB keeps water fresh and clean for up to 12 weeks. The waterBOB is very easy to use. Simply lay the liner in any bathtub, attach the fill sock to the faucet and fill the bladder to capacity, which takes approximately 20-40 minutes. A siphon pump is included to easily dispense the water into jugs or pitchers. Never wait in line again to buy expensive bottled water! Always be prepared with the waterBOB. U.S. Patent 8,627,980
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Fortunately, the hurricane spared us. Now I realize there's no great way to empty this bag and dry it out inside. I'd really like to see one more port on the bottom for draining it after use.
The biggest issue, however, is that the siphon pump did not operate. On closer inspection I can see a crack in the plastic at the base of the bulb one would squeeze to develop suction. There are also pinholes in the tubing along the plastic seams of the tubing attached to the siphon pump. The materials used to make the siphon, the stress concentrations, and the plastic molding process all need a redesign and better quality control.
Bottom line, it works, but you may need to invest in a siphon pump or just some clear tubing at your local hardware store.
Imagine my surprise, whele doing a room-by-room integrity cheack after the power went out during the worst of the storm, to find that the waterBOB was now only half full! My "fresh water supply" was leaking out somewhere. It was too heavy to move, too dark to really mess with it, so it had to wait until morning. By the time the worst of the storm had passed, the waterBOB was essentially empty, except for a couple of gallons, and I was beyond angry. I won't wast my money on products like this again.