What is the WaterBOB?
The WaterBOB is an emergency drinking water storage system that holds up to 100 gallons of fresh water and it can be used in any bathtub in the event of an emergency.
How does it work?
It’s very easy to use. Simply lay the waterBOB liner in your bathtub, attach the fill sock to the faucet and fill the bladder to capacity, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on water flow and size of tub. A siphon pump is included to easily dispense the water into jugs or pitchers for use. Included are very easy to follow instructions that include photographs and is also printed in Spanish as well.
Why do I need it?
During and after a hurricane or tropical storm, floods, water main breaks and storms surges can interrupt or contaminate the public water supply. Without clean water it becomes life threatening.
How much water does it hold?
This depends on the size of your bathtub and how much you fill it, but it can hold as much as 100 gallons. Most standard bathtubs hold approximately 60-70 gallons of water.
Where is it made?
The waterBOB was invented in Wausau, WI by Mr. Tony Woodruff. Tony met with various companies in several countries seeking the best equipped manufacturer capable of producing the waterBOB. After careful consideration, the decision was made to use a China based company. This company continues to be committed to meeting the strict requirements necessary to produce a safe and dependable waterBOB. The company also had a proven reputation for producing quality packaging products for several U.S. and European food manufacturers.
What if I have an odd shaped bathtub or do I even need a bathtub to use the waterBOB?
The waterBOB will work in virtually any bathtub despite its size and shape. The waterBOB is constructed of heavy-duty 10 mil food grade Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. As a result of the design, materials and construction of the waterBOB, it can be filled to capacity without the support of a bathtub. The primary reasons we recommend the waterBOB be placed in a bathtub are for containment, in case the waterBOB develops an accidental leak caused by a pet or sharp object and for convenience when emptying after use. Do not fill the waterBOB over the edge of your tub.
How long can I store water?
City or county (treated) water will stay fresh for up to 16 weeks, depending on humidity and temperature conditions.
Always keep direct sunlight away from the waterBOB by covering with towels or a sheet. Direct sunlight accelerates the growth of contaminates. If you have well water, it is advisable to immediately treat the water in your waterBOB once it is filled. Be sure to wait the specified time prior to use.
What if we need to store the water for more than 16 weeks or I have well water?
The water can be treated with the use of water purification tablets .
If the emergency has left you with no water beyond the 4 week safe storage time and you have no other means of purification, you may treat the water with liquid chlorine laundry bleach. NOTE: do not use scented laundry bleach, powdered bleach, or swimming pool chlorine – these may contain additional chemicals that are poisonous.
|Below is a chart showing how much liquid bleach to add to the water. Amount of water||Amount of bleach to add to clear water||Amount of bleach to add to cloudy/dirty water|
|1 gallon||8 drops||16 drops|
|10 gallons||2 teaspoons||4 teaspoons|
|50 gallons||10 teaspoons||20 teaspoons|