For those of us making sensible, informed preparations for future problems, it is important that we establish goals and a time schedule to adequately provide for our families. Obviously, one of the most important necessities is drinking water. If you have a spring on your property, or a well that can be used with a hand-pump, (if you can find one) you may be in good shape. But, if you don't have a natural source of good drinking water, you must give this need a very high priority. Perhaps you were one of those people thinking you'd need to get several 55 gallon drums and have them filled. Drums are bulky and will be in your way.
The Solution - Aquatank II!
Water is the most precious commodity after a natural disaster or after a technological problem. Water storage is not an everday consideration and is usually taken for granted. Most authorities agree that a minimum of 2-5 gallons of water per person, per day (including cooking, etc.) is essential. To the surprise of many, the need for water is much greater than the need for food. A person can survive without food for a week but without water after only 3-4 days one can be faced with serious problems. Virtually every bodily function requires water. If water sources are contaminated, or there is no electricity to run a pump, where will people get water?
Storing water can also be a problem. Not all containers are intended for food content. Aquatank emergency water storage containers were specifically created to store a large volume in an easy-to-use food-grade container. Prior to actual use, the Aquatank container only takes up a small amount of space. There is no need to bother with 55-gallon drums, five-gallon pails, or one-gallon milk jugs.
Previously, storing large volumes of water using this method has only been available to military, commercial, and marine users, at a much higher cost. Aquatank containers were created to serve the needs of the average customer at an affordable price.
In the event of an emergency, a natural disaster, or for agricultural use, Aquatank water storage containers are an economical way to store and transport water. Aquatank water store containers are all about being prepared, being more self-reliant, and maybe even surviving!
The new Aquatank II is ideal for emergency water storage, but can be used for many other applications. Unlike our previous models that were designed to be stagnant after filling. The new Aquatank II can be transported in an SUV, truck, camper or trailer without the risk of damaging the unit. Of course with certain precautions.
The material used for the Aquatank II, is a heavy duty polyurethane coated nylon that is suitable for potable water. This material is highly puncture resistant, durable and flexible. It will not wrinkle, crease or crack. When not in use this unit can be folded or rolled up to take up almost no storage space (about 9" x 15" x 2").
The drain sleeve on the Aquatank II has a male garden hose attachment and the fill sleeve has a female attachment. The male fitment will be supplied with a brass cap and the female fitment is supplied with a nylon connector that has a shut off valve.
Place your Aquatank II on a clean level surface which is well supported. If the area under Aquatank II is not smooth, it is suggested to place a plastic tarpaulin underneath the Aquatank II. To aid in the draining of the water you might want to elevate your Aquatank II. A deck or a sheet of plywoodelevated by 5 gallon pails or cement blocks would work just fine. This will enable you to easily drain off your water into an other container.
Aquatank II has two fittings - one for filling (female connection) and the other one for draining (male connection). To fill, make sure the brass cap on the male connection is secure. Screw a garden hose* into the brass female connection or the supplied nylon fitting.* Turn on the water supply. It would not be prudent not to leave the Aquatank II unattended while filling.
The 60 gallon Aquatank II will take approximately 20 minutes to fill, depending on your local water pressure. Fill your Aquatank II until it is the shape of a pillow (approximately 6" tall) BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER FILL. Over filling may cause damage to the Aquatank II.
*Food grade garden hoses are available at various department and hardware stores. *The supplied nylon filling can be used for filling or draining the Aquatank II
Store your Aquatank II in a safe, cool, dry and clean place. Before you use (or if you are re-using) Aquatank II, purify it by placing 3 to 5 gallons of water with 1/2 teaspoon drops of bleach added to it (non-scented bleach and not pool chlorine) and then fully drain. Now you can fill your Aquatank II. The purity of the water in Aquatank II is only as good as what you put in it.
Contaminated water or suspect water is not potable and should be discarded and not used for cooking or drinking. To give longer storage life to any stored water, keep it out of sunlight and keep it cool as possible. The manufacturer cannot be responsible for the quality of the water stored in the unit - please use common sense. We encourage you to do your own research on long term water storage.
Do not stand, lie, or sit on Aquatank II and keep all sharp objects away.
Keep out of direct sunlight.
Keep all animals away from Aquatank II.
Although the material used to make Aquatank II has a strong chemical resistance, do not spill any oils, solvents and chemicals on it. If a spill should occur, wipe off immediately.
Be wary of any spill or leak potential. Place Aquatank II in an area where leaks or spills will not affect anything else. If water spills onto the unit while filling, the water has a tendency to migrate to the edge of the welded seams, which may appear that the unit is leaking, when in essence it is not.
It is advised that you not store Aquatank II (or any large water container) in your attic. Remember that water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon, therefore a mere 60 gallons weighs just under 500 pounds.
Note No petroleum products should be placed in the Aquatank II
Aquatank II is warranted to be free from defects in workmanship, and to function properly in the manner for which they are intended, for one year from the purchase date. This warranty does not include commercial, contract, or rental uses.
This Limited Warranty will not apply to any unit that has been damaged due to abuse, misuse, misapplication, excessive use, or intentional maliciousness. Any return will be subjected to visual inspection and fill testing. If an Aquatank II is found to be defective during the warranty period, your sole and exclusive remedy will be repair or replacement of the defective unit at Extra Packaging's option and expense.
This warranty extends only to the original purchaser. Any returns for defective products must be pre-authorized by the company. To obtain the benefits of this warranty, return the Aquatank II securely packaged and postage pre- paid to:
How much water do we need to be ready.
A gallon-a-day, per person for drinking/cooking/washing hands/cleaning for three months means 30 gallons minimum. This will require a 30 gallon Aquatank II.
For three months, a 110 gallon Aquatank II. For two people, two 110 gallon Aquatank II. So, for a couple, we recommend 2 of the 110 gallon tanks.
Fold them out of the way, until late '99. Then with a gallon jug of Clorox (regular, 5.25% sodium hypochlorite) the non-soap/additives kind, using two scant teaspoons for each 10 gallons of water, fill the tanks with spring water, or use filtered tap water. If you don't have a filter, you can get one such as a Britta brand, about 15 to 20 dollars and you are then "water ready" with enough drinking water for 3 months.
If you'd feel more comfortable for a longer period of time, or for a family of more than 2 people, you can do the math . . .
Many of the major stores have a Better Homes & Garden brand of garden hose made with food-grade material, safe for filling the Aquatank II directly from a tap, through your filter.
In the possibility of a breakdown in the public water supply due to a disaster of some type, such as hurricane, "millennial bug" (Y2k), civil disorder, or terrorism, these note are presented.
You could survive for weeks without food, and you could survive longer, if you had to without electricity, but you could survive only a few days without water.
WATER (how much would you need?)
For drinking and cooking, most authorities agree your minimal need is for one gallon of water per person, per day. This means a family of 4, needs to store 120 gallons of water per month. This should supply water for drinking, cooking, and probably brief hand washing before meals.
(where to get it?) Your public water supply, unless interrupted by a disaster, provides normally safe water. Another source is bottled drinking or spring water from the store.
(how do I treat it for storage?) Either tap water or bottled water, should be treated for for storage by adding Ion Stabilized oxygen, or 10 drops of Clorox, (blue label) having 5.25% sodium hypochlorite to each gallon of water. That is, a table spoon (200 drops) for 20 gallons, 1/4 cup for 80 gallons.
(when do I start?) You should prepare 1/3 of your stored water by June 1st, and the final 2/3 of your decided needs in November, when our hurricane season ends.
(what do I put it in?) This could be the big problem. It depends on how much water you have determined, by your own choice, you wish to store. You can use the kind of plastic bottles water purchased from the store. NEVER use emptied milk bottles. You cannot clean them well enough to remove all milk particles from the plastic and the residue can cause illness. You can save your emptied soft drink bottles (2 and 3 liter ones), or any plastic container that was used for food or drink. You can buy 7 gallon water jugs from sporting/camping stores (usually about 5 to 7 dollars). You can purchase new 55 gallon drums for about $50 each. Or, you can use the pillow-shaped, "Aquatank" in sizes from 30, 60, and 110 gallons at wholesale for our Group. These are food-grade, flexible, tough, white and can be folded up, stored away on a shelf until needed.
Now, UTILITY WATER - This is what you'll need for laundry, bathing, washing dishes, flushing toilets, etc. For this you can use barrels, buckets, tubs, drums or Aquatank containers, or you can use swimming pool water. Sources of this water are: water beds, rain water, the tank in back of your toilet (not the bowl), swimming pool, draining your waterheater.
In emergencies, you may go to your public water station where the storage tanks are located and proving by a water bill receipt and your ID, a right to public water from the storage and possibly fill your containers there and then.
SUMMARY: Water: How much? Where to get it? How to treat it? When to start? How to store it?
Random comments on the subject of WATER
In filling any LARGE container of water, bear in mind, moving it may be very difficult ! (water weighs 8 1/3 pounds per gallon). A 55 gallon drum weighs over 460 lbs!
If a water plant ceases pumping for any reason, when it starts up again, your tap water needs boiling before drinking the next 24 to 48. If the cessation is due to a computer failure, the proper amount of chlorine or fluoride may be compromised on resumption of flow. Check for any changes in taste, smell, solids, or color before using it to drink.
To have warm water for bathing, place the container of water to be used inside a large, black, trash bag and place it in the sunshine all day. It will get warm.
Iodine tablets can used for water purification, but is much more costly than Clorox.
Have at least a month's supply of water for your family as a bare minimum. Most people are preparing for 3 to 6 months for their family.
Have 1/3 of your water stored by June 1st, and the balance of it in the month of November.
Know where the valve is located to cut water off to your home if you hear its contaminated.
NO one knows how long we should prepare for. You must make your own decision.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
Drinking water is an absolute essential.
You need to get it, treat it, find the container(s) best for you.