Here we go again with another Friday Giveaway Blast! This week the prize is a fantastic 55 Gallon Ultimate Water Barrel Kit from Emergency Essentials. I know for a fact that this is something that many of you covet and now you have an opportunity to win one for free!
You can never have enough extra water on hand. I discovered that when I personally experienced 12 days without running water due to a water leak near the main coming into my house. Believe me, all of my stored water came in handy. In addition to bottled drinking water, I had a 55 gallon water barrel (which, by the way, was one of my first prepping purchases way back when), frozen jugs of water filling the empty space in my freezer, and a rain barrel.
At the time, I could not find my packed away solar showers but other than having to use my No-Rinse Bath Wipes to bathe, the inconvenience was just that, an inconvenience.
The Ultimate Water Barrel Kit
Let me me tell you about this water barrel kit. First of all, it is all inclusive and includes the following items:
55-Gallon BPA-free Water Drum
Barrel Buddy Bung Tool
2 Bung Seal Caps
Emergency Siphon Kit
Aquamira Water Treatment Kit
You may not know his but traditionally, water storage barrels are blue. The reason for this is that the blue color limits light exposure and biological growth (bacteria and algae) and also signifies that what is stored in the container is safe for human consumption.
Whereas I have stored my Emergency Essentials barrel outdoors, it is located at the NW corner of my home and under eaves so it is protected from direct sun. You will want to do something similar when placing your barrel outdoors.
Something I like about this barrel is that it has level markings on the side. If I shine a bright flashlight against it’s side, I can detect the remaining water level. Very handy, indeed.
Another thing I really like about this kit is that the included Emergency Siphon Kit is universal, meaning that it can be used to siphon water out of other containers (such as buckets). It is not custom fitted to the bung opening like some.
A Note About Storing Water Barrels
Did you know that water should not be stored on bare cement including the cement on the floor of your basement or garage?
The reason for this is that plastics absorb flavors and odors from chemicals and liquids spilled on the floor and also from the chemicals used to create the concrete. What you need to do is store your water on a piece of wood that sits between the floor and the concrete. A repurposed wood pallet would be ideal.
Wherever you chose to store your water barrel be mindful that a filled barrel is very heavy weighing approximately 470 pounds.
Here is the part you have been waiting for! Backdoor Survival affiliate sponsor and supporter, Emergency Essentials has provided an Ultimate 55 Gallon Water Barrel Combo for one lucky reader.
To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours. The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”. After that, each option you select represents an additional entry. There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.
The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
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Note: If you purchase this kit now and then later win the giveaway, Emergency Essentials will refund your purchase price. How can you lose?
The Final Word
I want to thank Emergency Essentials for providing the 55 gallon water barrel for this giveaway. I actually have the winner’s prize sitting in my garage, boxed and ready to go. All I need is a winner!
Going forward, I hope you will continue to visit Emergency Essentials and consider a purchase from their fantastic selection of freeze dried food including Mountain House, as well as their huge selection of prepping, survival and outdoor of equipment.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: Ultimate 55 Gallon Water Barrel Combo
As of this writing, the price is $109.95 which is a great deal. Everyone should have at least one. Remember, if storing in your garage or on pavers, place the filled barrel on a wooden platform and not directly on the concrete.
Bargain Bin: Today is all about water!
No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes: One wipe is more than enough for a complete “bath”. These are a good backup when traditional showers are not available such as the week or weeks following a disaster. Also good for the sick room as well as camping, boating, hiking and such. Here is my review.
Fluidmaster 400CR Toilet Fill Valve and Flapper Repair Kit: Speaking od water, this is one of those items you don’t think of stockpiling but believe me, we now have a couple in reserve for emergency purposes. Why fuss with adjusting a tank valve when you can replace the whole thing for less than $12 and 10 minutes of your time?
AquaPod: Have you considered storing water in your bathtub? The AquaPod is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing. (I call these “disruptive events”.)
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Suncast RB50D 50-Gallon Rain Barrel: A rain barrel is a great way to collect water for, well, a rainy day. This is the rain barrel I own. The instructions indicate that it must be dumped regularly to prevent algae formation but since I will be using this “free” water in the garden, it will get replenished regularly by Mother Nature. That said, I am definitely going to keep an eye on things.
Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.
NALGENE BPA-Free Water Bottle: These $8 water bottles have served me well. I fill them up with water from my Royal Berkey and keep one bedside, one at my desk and another in the bathroom. Keep in mind that price-wise, some colors will be more expensive so if color does not matter, go with the cheapest (currently the green version).
DryTec Calcium Hypochlorite, 1-Pound: This is 68% Calcium Hypochlorite. As of this writing, the price is under $10 with free shipping. I purchased Ultima Pool Shock which is 73% Calcium Hypochlorite. For more information, read How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water.
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