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  • Got an idea yesterday at the store.

    I have been fretting over a way to store water. I prefer the food grade 55 gallon drums but I can't seem to find them in my area. If you order them on line the shipping is a killer.
    Anyway my wife and I were walking around a department store yesterday and I saw these kiddie pools. They were the kind with the inflatable rim and as you fill it the rim floats and raises the pool. They have them in kiddie sizes for about $40, all the way up to big ones for adults that cost about $500.
    The kiddie pool is 8' X 30" I believe, and it holds 630 gallons. In other words you could put the thing in your garage, fill it, and put a tarp over it. I would have to figure out how much bleach to put in it.
    I think that this would solve mine and maybe some others water storage issues. What do you think??
    bbc
    The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -- Thomas Jefferson

  • #2
    BBC,

    It's good that you are brainstorming, but from what I've seen in my retail experience, those inflatable pools are returned quite often. This indicates to me that they are very subject to puncture or even manufacturing error.

    I would say that a better solution would be the blue 7-gallon Aqua-Tainers, with the lid that has a screw-on spigot, on very strong thick wooden shelving if you have multiple hundreds of gallons. Aqua-Tainers have worked well for me for about 10 years, so I stand by them.
    "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.

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    • #3
      look on craigs list people give pools away on there for free all the time
      the pack that plays together stays together

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      • #4
        For something that you plan to fill up when the time comes, it is a good idea. I have used these when going camping and they don't hold up for long. But if you know a storm is coming, etc, great idea, I might get one for that use.

        But they are great for rinseing gear when camping, once or twice.
        My weapon can kill, it isn't limited to mere assault

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        • #5
          Oh I would hate for that thing to bust or spring a link and flood my basement where I am bugged out with 630 gallons.

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          • #6
            We got a 550 gallon poly tank that fits in a pick up bed trailer and keep it in the barn, but it is moveable in case you have to travel to obtain water.

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            • #7
              The problem with the pools is that they aren't food grade and the chemicals in them leak/leech into the water. I guess it would be good if you knew an emergency was coming and only used the water for cleaning and flushing though. I'd rather get a more food grade item or bulk tank.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by herbalpagan View Post
                The problem with the pools is that they aren't food grade and the chemicals in them leak/leech into the water. I guess it would be good if you knew an emergency was coming and only used the water for cleaning and flushing though. I'd rather get a more food grade item or bulk tank.
                My thought the moment I read this.
                All my life I have seen hobos and the all use milk jugs to carry water.
                There are alot of stores around me that sell these water storage drums but I like the milk jugs better.
                In my lumpy chair

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by beebopcop View Post
                  I have been fretting over a way to store water. I prefer the food grade 55 gallon drums but I can't seem to find them in my area. If you order them on line the shipping is a killer.
                  Anyway my wife and I were walking around a department store yesterday and I saw these kiddie pools. They were the kind with the inflatable rim and as you fill it the rim floats and raises the pool. They have them in kiddie sizes for about $40, all the way up to big ones for adults that cost about $500.
                  The kiddie pool is 8' X 30" I believe, and it holds 630 gallons. In other words you could put the thing in your garage, fill it, and put a tarp over it. I would have to figure out how much bleach to put in it.
                  I think that this would solve mine and maybe some others water storage issues. What do you think??
                  bbc
                  Check with your local winery or soft drink distributer for the food grade 55 gal drums...I obtained 3 from our Rural King store....they are often missing the plugs though....I maintain a couple of coleman 5 gal cans ready for mobility. I also used water hoses intended for motor home use to fill my water stores....
                  O.W.
                  Last edited by Oscar Wilde; 03-27-2009, 03:38 PM.
                  Things are seldom what they seem.

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                  • #10
                    If you don't want to use 5 gallon water cans, try using coolers. I have about 10 that I've collected over the years that when storm threatens, I use the garden hose and fill'em up and keep'em in the garage. Yes, it's potable water but I keep it around for washing, flushing etc. They're kinda heavy when full, but are still fairly portable.

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                    • #11
                      A man after my own heart, our "storage" container..12,000gal more or less.
                      :)
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