A lot of times when I have asked my friends and family about their preps, when it comes to water storage they almost always have the same answer. Well, I have a few bottles of water stored and I can always just fill up the tub.
This is a great idea… until you think about it. The bath tub is where you go to wash away dirt from the day’s adventures… not exactly the first place I would choose to drink from in a survival situation. I’ve searched for different ways to effectively turn my bath tub into a storage container for water and unfortunately none of them worked very well.
I placed a tarp in my tub and while it shielded the water from the base of the tub it wasn’t completely sterile and allowed contaminants to fall into the tub from the top (dog hair, dust, etc.).
I was speaking to one of my fellow preppers and he introduced me to the WaterBOB. It’s a neat tool that works basically like a large scale version of a hydration bladder found in your typical Camelbak pack. After seeing the WaterBoB in action at a self-reliance tradeshow, I just had to give it a shot. Here is what I found.
Compact and light- the box that this comes in takes up barely any space and can be kept under the sink
Fits almost any standard tub; you may have issues with round tubs or ones that are extra deep
High capacity- depending on the size of your tub, it can hold up to 100 gallons of water (this is enough for one person to survive for over 30 days on 3 gallons of water, or for 4 people to survive on 1 gallon for 25 days)
Sealable- the top has a screw on cap that can be placed on it to keep fresh water in it for up to a month
It comes with a syphon to quickly and easily get the water into a more accessible container
Not portable- this is something that you would only use in a bug in situation. If you are forced to leave, you would then be at the mercy of how much water you could carry
Seemingly a onetime use – it looks as though this item would be next to impossible to completely dry out after its initial use (If you have any ideas on how to dry it please let me know)
Cheaply made syphon – this syphon is the same type I can get from harbor freight or some other store. I’ve used these in my warehouse and have never found them reliable in the long term
At only around $30.00,I find the WaterBoB well worth having; it doesn’t take up much space at all, and when it comes to survival, 100 gallons of clean, safe, drinking water can make a world of difference. This of course only matters if your plan is to Bug-In.