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Aquapod review
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Hello Friends.

So with Sandy looking to fuck up our world for a little while, I thought it would be a good time to break out and test my aquapod. Even if I don't ever need it, I've been wondering how well these things hold up. So whether or not I need it, I'm going to keep it filled for a week or two and do a follow up..., I mostly want to monitor for leakage.

Here is where you can order some if you like them, I have the "deluxe" version that came with 3 tub liners and the pump. So even after this test, I'm still good for 2 more "disasters."

http://www.aquapodkit.com/order

Of course, this sort of water storage requires notice to put into use. If you are just hanging out one day and a nuke goes off, you're probably shit out of luck.

Anyway, set up was easy peasy. First thing is you place the liner in the tub, then use an included zip tie to put the fill neck around the spigot. Turn on the water and check back 10 minutes or so later and you have this.

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Then you install the pump. The kit includes two locking collars and the pump.

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Pull the fill neck through the inner collar and fold over.

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Then place the outer collar over the inner, locking it in place, and supposedly creating a water tight seal.

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Insert the pump and you're ready to go! About 50 gallons of potable water!

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I like this solution over just filling your tub for two main reasons;

1) Prevents evaporation.
2) Prevents contamination by some other means.

One negative off the bat, is that there is no way that little plastic pump is going to last long. So I am going to pick up a few extra for cheap, or maybe find a more robust solution.

So far, all seems good and like I said, I'll leave it for a week or two and report back.

Justin
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#2
How thick is the plastic , does it look like it will hold up to multiple uses?
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nomad;30849 Wrote:How thick is the plastic , does it look like it will hold up to multiple uses?

From their Q&A, I like the first one;

Q: Where are the liners made?
A: AquaPodKit manufactures their liners here in the USA! (a dying breed)

Q: What are the liners made of?
A: The AquaPodKit liners are constructed of 4 mil food grade Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. This material follows and stays within USDA and FDA guidelines.



In their instructions, they explicitly say that they are one time use only. However, that is just "cover your ass" so if someone doesn't dry and store it properly, and gets sick, aquapod can't be sued.

So if you can find a way to drain and dry it out, I don't see why it couldn't be reused. Drying it out will be a bitch, though.

Justin
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#4
This company makes a bit more sturdy product and many different sizes. http://www.water-storage-containers.com/...adder.html
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#5
Very nice! I haven't poked around their site much, nice find.

Justin
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Well, although I didn't have to use it, I'm glad I tested it.

It is holding up very well, and I think it is a worthwhile investment to keep a kit near your tub.

Now, I just have to figure out how to drain it without making a mess. Smile I suppose I can USE the water.


Justin
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JustinHEMI;33490 Wrote:Well, although I didn't have to use it, I'm glad I tested it.

It is holding up very well, and I think it is a worthwhile investment to keep a kit near your tub.

Now, I just have to figure out how to drain it without making a mess. Smile I suppose I can USE the water.


Justin

Slip under it with a knife or screw driver or something sharp, and let the water go down the drain as normal seems to be the no fuss no muss method I would use. If you do not want to reuse it or the water, of course.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#8
Yeah I was thinking of doing that..., but then I thought "why not continue the test and use it, and see how it holds up over that time?"

So I think I'll just use it for dishes, and what not, and see how it is holding up over those weeks.

Justin
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That's a good idea, actually. Do you have any way to test the water quality? I'd love to see how 'safe' that water is in 2 weeks, after you're starting to draw from it.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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No, but I'm sure the chemistry lab at my nuclear power plant can handle a tap water sample. Big Grin

My guess is, based on my time in the Navy as an "engineering laboratory technician," is that the water quality should be just fine. It is tap water, so it's treated with chlorine, so there really shouldn't be any kind of degradation. Plus, with me pumping water out and oxygenating it, it shouldn't go stale.

Justin
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