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AquaPod Stores Emergency Water for Drinking, Cooking, Toilets, Etc.

by Barbara 7. March 2011 11:04

Question about the AquaPod Kit Deluxe Emergency Water Storage Kit

Q: "We live in Louisiana. Sometimes our municipal water plant issues warnings that water will be shut off for several hours. Sometimes we get hurricane warnings. How does the AquaPod Water Storage Kit Work? How good is the water as far as taste, etc.? We don't drink a lot of water but we do need to be able to flush toilets, cook, have water for tea and coffee, etc. Thanks. Sue."

Answer: The AquaPod fits in any bathtub and is easily filled using the tub spout. The AQUAPODKIT-DELUXE model lets you store 65 gallons of water, a 14 day supply for a family of 4. There is a hand pump so you can take out what you need without wasting water. Taste tests from customers say the water may take on a bit of a plastic taste after a month or so. Rarely is someone out of water for that long a time! Most toilets today can be adjusted to flush on 3 gallons of water or less. So if used wisely, only for the "big" uses, you can get quite a few flushes from one AquaPod filling.

Remember that reusing juice containers, milk bottles, etc. increases the risk of bacteria growing that could cause intestinal and other issues.

There are actually two AquaPod Kits. The basic kit, AquaPod Kit Emergency Water Storage, AQUADPODKIT-1, comes with a single liner. The  Aqua Pod Kit Deluxe is reusable: it comes with three liners. Additional liners are available at a reasonable cost. This water storage kit is a closed system made of a low density polyethylene bag and a manual hand pump is a practical way to solve emergency storage needs without buying, carrying and storing 65 gallons of bottled water.

Each Aqua Pod Deluxe Kit Contains:

* 3 disposable tub liners, each 40 inches by 80 inches. This will fit in a Jacuzzi tub or standard 5 feet tub. An average tub holds 70 gallons.

* 2 disposable tie clamps to hold the bag to water spigot during approximate 10 minute time that it takes to fill the bag. (Dependent upon water pressure.)

* 1 reusable pump with locking system. Locks the pump to the liner bag.

* FDA approved plastic, LDPE Plastic. Low Density Polyethylene Plastic.

* Shelf Life of the Kit and Liners : Up to 10 years depending upon storage.

* Made in the USA.

Thanks for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Top Emergency Items for Emergency Preparedness for Survival

by Barbara 6. February 2011 07:18

Question Submitted to Ask Barbara Contest: "What are the top items you recommend for an emergency kit to keep at home?" Jacqueline

Answer: As I noted in my response to Jacqueline, giving an accurate list is difficult without more specifics. For example, does she live in a house or an apartment? Is it a cold or a hot location? Is it rural or city? Is she on well water or city water? (Some rural residents have propane or gasoline powered generators so that water or some power is available no matter what the situation.) Is she living in an earthquake zone, a flood plain, a tornado area?

This is an expansion of my response to her.

I do not know where you live or I could be more specific. These are not necessarily in the correct order. All homes should have these, in my opinion. The brand is not as important as having the items there. You can use rechargeable or battery lights.The Energizer Solar Lantern This unit has charging options that include solar panels, crank, primary batteries and car adaptors.This is an LED lantern with adjustable light output.

If you live in a southern climate, using solar panels to keep batteries charged to power a 12volt Koolatron cooler would be a great addition so you could have cool beverages and keep some food items from spoiling until the power returned. The solar panel I've included has a regulator on it so the 12V battery of your car, truck or RV won't be overcharged. What you don't want is a dead battery when you need to leave your home for a shelter or to get supplies when the emergency is over. A less expensive solar panel is the 50 watt Go Power solar panel with regulator

1. Flashlight or flashlight lantern and extra batteries

2.Weather Radio and extra batteries

3.Emergency medical kit. Also include at least a 7 day supply of Rx medications that you or family members require.

4. A survival kit either made by you or a company that includes drinking water,food bars,etc. Survivor Industries makes a variety of survival kits for different needs. The food and water both have a 5 year shelf life. This is a 3 day kit for 2 people This is a 3 day kit for 2 people. For a remote location or a flood or earthquake zone, I suggest you plan for a longer time without access to fresh or frozen foods. Small Office or Family Emergency Survival Kit by Survivor Industries offers both a medical kit and provisions to keep up to 5 people healthy and fed for up to 3 days. Both food and nutrition bars are included plus a deck of cards, tissue packs, flashlight, radio, etc.

5. The Aqua Pod fits in a bath tub and gives you water storage if you live in a hurricane, tornado or flood zone where your tap water will either not be available or its safety is in question. This unit includes a hand pump. The capacity is 65 gallons, enough for a family of 4 for 14 days. The unit includes three liners.  

Thank you for your question and your entry into the Ask Barbara Contest.