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Old 06-17-2010, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Another option for water storage

I've been tossing around a bunch of ideas for practical water storage for emergencies. Although it would be cool to have a solar powered well pump and a huge storage tank in the basement, I just don't think that is the most practical way to approach water storage for normal folks limited by funds and resources. I'm thinking about buying a good generator that can run my well pump and provide power for my welder if needed. I also ran across some heavy duty water storage bladders that are made to fit a bathtub and have a hand operated siphon pump. They're cheap at $35/ea and can be left on the shelf until needed.

It would be smart to have enough water on hand to sustain your family immediately for the first 3-5 days of an emergency. During this time, you can run your wellpump off the generator for a short period to fill the water storage bladders in the bathtubs.

If each person in the family needs 1 gallon of water per day and the water bladder holds 65 gallons, a family of 4 living in a house with two tubs would have enough water for at least a month every time the water bladders in the bathtub were filled.

$35/ea for the water bladders, $?? craigslist deal for the generator, a couple 5 gallon cans of gasoline and you're covered. Thoughts?

Blurb from the http://www.mywatersafe.com website:
Watersafe - 65 Gallon Bathtub Model

•Alone, bathtubs arent reliable as emergency water containers.
•Bathtubs leak, get dirty and are hazardous to children.
•The Watersafe is a large, food grade plastic bladder that is placed in the bathtub first and then filled with potable water.
•It will store as much water as your standard tub will hold.
•The Watersafe protects the water from contamination so it is safe for drinking, brushing teeth, bathing, cleaning and flushing.
•Siphon pump is included.
$34.99
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Another option for water storage

Another good option to have in place could be a hand operated backup well pump installed alongside your normal submersible pump. This company makes the most affordable one, along with a low draw electric motor you can add on for another $700. The electric motor will run off of one 130 watt solar panel! According the their data, one panel and batteries can supply a normal household with 250gal/day.

http://www.simplepump.com/OUR-PUMPS/Solar.html

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Old 06-18-2010, 06:24 AM   #3
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SWEET, I was looking for a hand pump! Thanks BT.

Now this is the direction we need to be going in!!

My ideas for water storage consist of the generator and small storage containers. I wanted a hand pump but I thought I would need another well, I am stoked to see I dont!
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Sportsmans Warehouse has blue plastic 55 gal water storage barrels in Anchorage, I think they are like $70. First time I'd seen them there.
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I have 700 gallons of emergency flushing/bathing water stashed in the hot tub, and it can be made potable via boiling or a microbe filter. That is assuming the generator fails or the waterpump dies or a severe earthquake contaminates or empties the aquifer.
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Default Re: Another option for water storage

While exploring options for the Simple Pump setup I came up with a pretty cool setup. You can install the Simple Pump well cap with the low voltage 12V motor and use a single 130 watt solar panel to supply power. Run it through a charge controller to a couple 6V golf cart batteries wired together and it will pump 3.5GPM using the sun and stored battery energy. The pump fills a large storage tank (200+ gal depending on family size/use) with a float control valve so the pump knows when to stop pumping water. You plumb the storage tank into your pressure tank, and use another 12V pump inline to pressurize your pressure tank.

This way you run your well pump on 100% solar power, the relatively low GPM rating is a non issue because you have a large storage tank (and backup water supply), with another 12V pump to pressurize your pressure tank.

Setup cost with everything would be in the neighborhood of $5k, but with no 220V well pump to run, you'd eventually make your $$ back in electricity savings. Not to mention you have a reliable, on demand water supply with or without grid power.
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I have 700 gallons of emergency flushing/bathing water stashed in the hot tub, and it can be made potable via boiling or a microbe filter. That is assuming the generator fails or the waterpump dies or a severe earthquake contaminates or empties the aquifer.
Great use of resources, but do you think there will be any water left in there after a large quake?
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I saw a pitcher pump in a catalog for $35.00. that's what the old timers used in there houses. they are used in camp grounds, smaller for house. you used to see them in cowboy movies. that's what i will use. put fitting in well cap, run pipe down, hook pump up, and wall la.
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I saw a pitcher pump in a catalog for $35.00. that's what the old timers used in there houses. they are used in camp grounds, smaller for house. you used to see them in cowboy movies. that's what i will use. put fitting in well cap, run pipe down, hook pump up, and wall la.
Careful, most of those cheap hand pumps only pump static water 20-25 feet.
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