All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter

A couple of years ago, when I first learned about the AquaPod Emergency Water Kit, I jumped on the bandwagon and tested one for myself.  At the time, I was thrilled by the reasonable cost and my own ability to assemble the kit myself, without the need for any male-type brawn.

As I explained then, an AquaPod Emergency Water Kit is a heavy-duty bathtub liner that is filled with water in advance of an upcoming hurricane, storm, or weather system.  The kit includes a bathtub liner that is filled with water, some fittings, and a pump for siphoning the water out of the tub.

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Think of the AquaPod Kit as insurance for those times when you anticipate that access to clean, usable water will be unavailable for a few days up to a week or two.

All-New AquaPod Bathtub Water Storage Kit

It has been two years since my initial review and I am happy to report that there is an all-new AquaPod Kit.  The newly updated kit includes an updated pump as well as an Aquamira water filtration device. What that means is that even if the water coming out from your pipes and into the bathtub looks or smells questionable, it will still be safe to drink because the included filter will remove bacteria as well as protozoan cysts such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.  The filter also reduces chlorine to improve water taste, odor, and clarity.

In the first Backdoor Survival product giveaway of 2016, the nice folks at AquaPod have reserved two of the new AquaPod Kits with filtration for two lucky winners.  Not only that, they are throwing in two of their new RoguePak Hydration Bladders for a total of four winners.  How cool is that?

I will be writing about the RoquePak Hydration Bladders in March, but for now, let me walk you through how easy it is to set up and use the AquaPod Kit.

Setting Up the AquaPod Kit with Aquamira Filtration

Follow along below as I show you the upgraded siphon pump and filter.

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Attaching the sleeve to the filled liner

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Attaching the included pump that will be used to siphon out the water

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Attaching  the Aquamira filtration device

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Getting the water out using the included siphon pump with filter attached

Other Facts About the AquaPod

The AquaPod holds up to 65 gallons of water, depending on the size of your tub.  Think about that.  At a water requirement of 3 gallons a day per person, that works out to 22 man-days or 11 days of water for two people and more if you conserve.  Also, with the AquaPod, you can expect the water to stay fresh for up to 8 weeks although water never really goes bad, just stale and/or contaminated.

Here are some other facts:

AquaPodKit manufactures their liners here in the USA!

The liners are constructed of 4 mil food grade Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) plastic. This material follows and stays within USDA and FDA guidelines. Contains no PVCs and is BPA free.

The liner is 40″x80″ and, depending on the size of your bathtub, can hold up to 100 gallons.  Although the standard tub holds 70 gallons of water, to be safe AquaPod recommends filling the tub with 65 gallons to come in under the tub line.

Depending on the flow of water, you can usually fill the bladder in 10 to 15 minutes.  I suggest practicing attaching the fittings in advance so if a last minute storm warning occurs, you can quickly attach the liner/bladder and fill the tub with time to spare.

Siphoned water is pumped out of the tub into a water bottle, pitcher, or jug.  One person can do this without the assistance of a second set of hands.

Liners are for one time use only.  It is not that they will not stand up to re-use, but that re-use may introduce contaminates.

Refill liners are available at a reasonable cost.

Bonus:  The RoguePak Hydration Bladder

Something that has been on my gear bucket list for quite some time is a hydration bladder for my Rothco backpack. (The Medium Transport Pack I favor has a built in slot for a hydration bladder.)  My issue has always been two fold: cleaning and sanitation after the fact.

The RoguePak solves that problem.  It includes recyclable bladders with reusable quick connect valves.  Although I have not gone hiking since receiving my hydration bladder, as soon as I do I will report back with how well I fared carrying 70 ounces of water in my pack along with the rest of my gear.

In the meantime, there will be two bonus winners, each receiving a kit with 2, 70 ounce RoguePaks!

The Giveaway

Here is the part you have been waiting for.  Up for grabs are two of the new AquaPod Kits with Aquamira Filtration and two RoguePak Hydration Bladder Kits.

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.

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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.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Something you may be asking yourself is why not simply store water in an open bathtub.  Why do you need a liner?

The answer is that most of us do not make a career out of cleaning our bathtubs daily.  Dirt, dust, soap scum and other crud accumulates on the surface of the tub, even if it is unused.  This is emergency water we are talking about, and it makes sense to start out with the cleanest water possible.

The other question is why consider the AquaPod Kit versus some of the lower cost competitors?

Three reasons come to mind.  First, it is made in the US and not off shore in China or elsewhere.  Second is that refill kits are available at a reasonable price so your initial investment in a pump and fittings can be used over and over again.  Finally, it comes with a water filter good for up to 80 gallons, or a completely full bathtub.

I should also mention that if you already own one of the original AquaPod Kits, an upgrade kit is available that includes the new pump and filter system although the original works just fine too.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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 Below you will find the items related to today’s article.

AquaPodKit Emergency Drinking Water Storage Plus Aquamira Filtration Kit, 65 gallon:  What I love about the AquaPod is that I can purchase refill liners, making this more than a one-time use product.  I am thrilled that you can now filter the water as you siphon it out of the tub. Plus, of course, that it is made in America.  How many preparedness products can boast about that?

AquaPodKit Upgrade Kit with Aquamira Filtration: This kit will upgrade existing AquaPod kits with the updated pump and an Aquamira filtration kit.  The water filter is good for 80 gallons and can also be used as a straw type device.

Roguepak (2) Reusable & Recyclable Reservoir:  The RoguePak is a new idea in hydration packs-create a reusable system that eliminates the arduous hassle of cleaning that limits the usefulness of other packs.  They are made in America. (Also comes in a 4 pack.)

Aqua Pod Kit Replacement Liners (3 Pack): Replacement lines for your AquaPod Kit.  Your AquaPod is not a throw-away solution!

Rothco Black Medium Transport Pack:  This is my preferred pack.  The extensive storage options make the pack ideal for organizing your gear or filling it with supplies.  It is MOLLE compatible as well as hydration bladder compatible. The best part is that it is comfortable both for me (a smallish woman) and Shelly, the Survival Husband.

WaterBasics Replacement Filter – GRN Line-Series II-80 gallons:  Read about the AquaMira Water Basics filter.  This is the filter that is included with the AquaPod Kit. You will also find more information here.

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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93 Responses to “All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter”

  1. I used one of these for 7 days during and after Hurricane Katrina , I live in south Mississippi on one of those roads that are One way in ad one way out . Trees and debris blocked the road . it took about 7 days for us to cut and clear the debris to clear path to get in or out ..

  2. Seven days for me.

    I learned that water is heavy, and transporting it and ensuring that it is safe, (I boiled it), can take time to do properly. So…plan ahead.

  3. As we are bracing for the snow storm coming to the South/East US I have been thinking seriously that we need a way to save more water in case of extended outages. This fits right into what I need. I really hope I win one of the drawings for these. Thank you for all your ideas and help in preparing us for what may come.

  4. Your reviews and posts in general are always so well done. Fully informative….but never hype. You are easy to trust…. Thank you for all you do for us!

  5. In the Pacific Northwest, we usually suffer from too much water! But in cases of disruptions the issue is more about clean water. I’m building redundancy around water storage and purification. This product has been on my list as another layer of that redundancy. It would be great to win!

  6. Water, water, water – all ways the major concern. This sounds like a great idea. Large supply of water and potable!

  7. I went 3 days without water when the water froze during a cold snap. Luckly, where I worked had a shower and was able to pack water from there for drinking. I learned to always wrap your pipes during the winter.

  8. After the johnstown flood of 1977 went three months without water. I had a toddler and was pregnant at the time. My in-laws had a dairy farm within 50 miles of us and they made it thru the national guard lines and brought everything we would need all the way down to lanterns and water. Living on a farm makes you a natural prepper I suppose!! They kept us supplied the entire time. If not for them, we’d of had to relocate. Learned a lot those 40 yrs ago!! You need water for everything! You have no idea how much in fact until you don’t have it!!

  9. What a great kit!
    Makes me wonder if we or the manufacturer could donate or sell LOTS of these kits to the folks in FLINT, MI-to help them out.

  10. We have never been without it. Even when the power goes out we have always been fortunate to still have running water. However, we keep some stored up and when bad weather approaches we fill up containers so we have some extra.

  11. I was just telling my husband we needed more water storage in case of emergencies. This looks like a good fit for us. Would love to win one.

  12. Probably about a week when I had a major plumbing problem and not enough money to repair it. You learn how much water you use outside of drinking that you don’t even think about.

  13. The longest we have gone without water was about a week and a half, our well pump went out, fortunately we had a neighbor with a couple of large storage tanks and he let us borrow from those…as for the bathtub kit, I bought one of those a couple of years ago, but its just the liner, not as good as this one with the pump, filter etc….Put me down, I would love to win one!

  14. The longest I went without running water was three days. And I learned that it was much harder on my kids than I thought it would be, but I was thankful we had stored water.

  15. When I was younger, we had a blizzard that is still talked about around here. We went without running water for 3 days. I learned a lot from my mother during that time, despite my young age. Valuable experiences gained.

  16. You can never store too much water. Figure out how much you think you need, then double or triple that amount. If something happens you still won’t have enough.

  17. Would love to have one of these as my house is small so storage is limited. Why do I need a bathtub liner? Because I don’t want to drink from where everyone’s butt sits! Lol Thanks for the update.

  18. I have been fortunate not to have gone more than a day since we have a generator we can run to pump water. But during the day without, it takes a couple times of flushing and no refilling of the toilet to remember to conserve. Also 5 gallon buckets are heavy to pour to flush!

  19. While I have multiple 5 gallon containers filled with water in the basement and filters to make river water safe, this is a nice addition. 100 extra gallons means more time before I have to trudge to the river, assuming it’s safe to do so!

  20. Only 3 days, when Toledo was on a ban due to the algal bloom in Lake Erie. It was running, but we couldn’t use it, not even for dishes, and we couldn’t boil it. I actually had quite a bit of water stored up, but it made me realize just how lucky we are to have the conveniences we do.

  21. The longest we’ve gone without running water was about a week when our pipes froze in the wall in basement(great time to find out there was no insulation in the north wall where the pipes were) just after we moved into the house we’re in now. But we had about 8 cases of bottled water left from when our friends helped us move into the house. It warmed up after a few days, the pipes unfroze We were able to insulate the pipes as soon as possible.
    I would LOVE to win one of the RoguePak bladders, it’s an item on my wish list

  22. The apartment I live in now has water issues on and off. Sometimes they shut off the water to work on the system and only give a day’s notice. I have learned to have water stores for a few days for that alone. I’m working on getting more water storage for longer term though.

  23. We’ve never lost water due to circumstances outside our control for longer than a day or so. However, we’ve spent long stretches of time by choice at a location with no running water and the biggest skill we developed was economizing our usage: washing a load of dishes with under a gallon of water, brushing teeth out of a cup, etc.

  24. This is a no brainer, especially given the water contamination we’ve seen in Flint, MI just this week.

    Everyone should ensure they have multiple sources of water in case of emergency!

  25. Tough question to answer as I haven’t been in that situation. A good share of the time we have always hauled our water and we always have topped the tank off to avoid that situation.

  26. I was only out 3 days, but I learned “a gallon per person per day” barely covers for drinking. No toilets and little hygiene. Living in an apartment gives limited storage. These Aquapods (I have an old one) are a literal lifesaver.

  27. Lost water flow early one morning while in the shower, luckily had just rinsed off soap and shampoo. We were out of water in our area for 4 days, turned out from calling the city, the water tower just down the road had drained itself and so had another one not too far away. Problem was after one day the city could not find where the water drained to. Eventually a plea was put out to all residents to scout around and see if anyone could see a large amount of water, sure enough several hours later the excess water was found going into a drainage ditch behind a building on a wooded lot. Took showers at family member home in another town and brought home jugs of water. Problem with both water towers fixed but still asked to boil water for at least 72 hours. I like the pump that comes with this water bladder. Currently have product called Water Bob and another type will always come in handy.

  28. My father was military and we lived in some strange places. Just got used to water issues and have always had water stored. You are risking your life to not have water storage.

  29. We used to own a little A-frame cabin in Northern Minnesota that had no running water. We had to pack it in from our city home every time we visited the place, and get more from a nearby spring for our time there. No plumbing, used an outhouse, heated water up on the stove for washing dishes and ourselves. We loved that little place. It gave us all the practice we need. How I miss it!

  30. The longest that we’ve been without running water was eight days after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. We have been fortunate enough to have learned to keep bottled water in the house since we are on a well.


  31. About 2 months, we had to shower at friends and haul water in. Had 5 children at home. Big hassle and not fun time.

  32. I have one of these (have not had to use it yet) but I have 2 bath tubs! This new system looks superior to the old, but am glad it is an upgrade and can use it to upgrade my old system. I love your blog and like the practical applications.

  33. Having lived where I had to tote water 2 miles except when it rained sufficiently, I know that water is the most essential thing . . . so I would like to try out an equipped

  34. 5 years in a back county cabin. Water was the most precious thing we had and having to carry all of it in was a pain.

  35. We went 4 days after our pipes froze during a major snowstorm and no plumber could get to us because the roads were not plowed. We connected hoses and were able to fill our tubs and lots of containers with water from a neighbors house, so we were able to flush toilets and cook and take “French” baths. This was several years ago before we began any prepping.

  36. This is a great bitof kit to potebtially extend your emergency water supply. I would not rely on it as the sole source of an emergency water supply simply because in an emergency you may not have the fore warning or time to fill this up before your main water supply is cut off, contaminated, or otherwise disrupted.

    My family have been storing water in repurposed 2 liter soda bottles. First they are thoroughly washed out & disenfected with a water & bleach solution. We use clear bottles that have the labels removed so that we can visualy monitor the water for growth of bacteria, algea, etc. We have found that adding a few drops of bleach just before resealing the caps pretty much eliminates any potential biological contaminates from growing in the water for at least 6 months or longer. Of course you should rotate through your stock regularily, emptying, redisinfecting the bottles before refilling & again adding a few drops of bleach before sealing the caps.

  37. I.have.gone.thru.several.months.of.not.having.running.water……Hopefully,this.won’

  38. 4 days without water with a newborn. A freak tornado/thunderstorm came through and knocked out power. No power, no well water. Baby wipes were a life saver for hygiene, through.

  39. I haven’t been without running water except when camping for a couple of days. It’s difficult to bathe and heavy to transport, and washing dishes is a pain.

  40. We have a well but the pump has gone out before and we’ve had to wait several hours until either my husband returned home to fix it or we had to get professional help. When it’s a surprise like that you realize just how dependent you are on that water coming out of your faucets.

  41. the longest i went without running water was probably 2 weeks. i honestly cant say i learned much as i was prepared for that situation in advance. (it was an SCA-Society for Creative Anachronism event called ‘the Pennsic Wars’, a yearly 2-week long event where close to 20-30,000 people ‘camp’ in different areas of a VERY large campsite, there area merchant areas and large (100-5000 people) ‘battles’ daily and parties every night. it is similar to ‘burning mrazorcat2@gmail.coman‘ events, but people are dressed in medieval to mid 1500’s style clothing and gear.
    porta-potties and solar/propane shower rigs (or occasionally, if your campsite is lucky enough) stream-front property to bathe in. there are a very few hose hookups, but most water is carried in. you bathe as you are able, try not to sweat too much, and bring extra deodorant.
    the event may not smell very good, but neither did the middle ages.

  42. Living in RURAL Missouri I went 9 days without my well working when power was out and had 3 ponds on a neighbors pasture I could look out and almost touch. Horses, chickens, and dogs watered, but I suffered and had to buy mine. Now we have an extra pressure tank for extra water and this would be handy in a disaster.

  43. I’ve only been without water for a few days while crews were working on lines. I think it is very easy to take water for granted as we are seldom without easy access to it here.

  44. The longest I’ve been without running water one day. Thankfully apartment management had maintenance fix the problem as quickly as possible. I learned that living in an apartment is risky in terms of losing running water. It can happen at any time, and it will be up to management to either get it fixed quickly or wait longer.

  45. 2 day’s. I have a shallow well and didn’t have any type of back up and am working on correcting that. Possibly putting a second well down, it would be a deep well, with solar power for powering it. Still working out all the details. On the personal hygiene issue, combat showers work well. Wet, soap (the vital areas), rinse.

  46. I would love to win this set up. We are on city water. One time when we had a house full of family, a main line went down in our city. Absolutely no water for 2 days. What a mess!! Thank you for all of your great information.

  47. We went without clean tap water for a two day period when the local city water was contaminated. Fortunately, we had filters already but with small children in the house, it was a sobering experience.

  48. We have a big garden tub that can hold a lot of water and I would love to have the safety of having potable water for my family. This is a great idea and I love the filter for added safety.

  49. I have been lucky and haven’t been out water for any amount of time, yet. So I try and be prepared as well as I can be.

  50. Knowing you will be without running water will figure into your plans. Hunting and camping trips are a good example. I use a really good filtration system (Katadyn & Survivor filter) for when I’m without running water. I also take a camp porta-potty to avoid contaminating the water I’m near.

  51. We camped a lot when we were kids, sometimes for a week or more, with only the old style camper amount of water. This looks like a great set up!

  52. Everyone knows (or should know)how important clean drinkable water is. many forget that their roof can supply a good water source, with proper filtration and storage containment. Currently my barn can supply water for the 4 legged animals, duck coop for the ducks, chicken coop for the chickens and the house (if turned on) for my family. You can do a google search to determine how much water you can have from your roofing systems in a given year. Living in the northwest we get an average of 36 inches of rain per year, and with our roofing square feet we have right at 46,000 gal per year running off.

  53. By design, I’ve been without running water on a ten day camping trip. I did have water enough for the duration so it’s not like I didn’t have any.

  54. I have never actually gone without running water, and that’s one of the things that worries me the most in a survival situation.

  55. Three days is the longest for me, you definitely learn to appreciate the convenience of being able to turn a tap and have clean water!

  56. The only times I’ve been without running water for more than just a few hours is while camping. That having been said, I’ve invested in some water filters. I have a creek near my house that has good water that would work well with a filter, and which I can dip into for water to use the toilet.

  57. 2 weeks. when we moved into our home. lucky for us the local builders were working down the street and dug us a ditch with their small back hoe and connected us to local town water. the well pump didn’t work. we showered at our old home and filled up gallon jugs. the kids were young so they enjoyed living that way. and of course using a plastic bag as a toilet. oh what fun. everyone was sworn never to tell. I’m old now, I’m telling.

  58. 10 days, 7 days and then 5 days during 2004 hurricane season when we lived in Florida. I learned to storehouse water.

  59. Fortunately, only a few hours for a plumbing repair. But, I do have several gallons set aside for up to a week in case of emergency.

    The AquaPod will be a great option for Survive In Place situations.

  60. A microburst in summer 78 knocked out the water treatment plant. We were without drinking water for about 8 days. Fortunately, the government brought in water buffalo trucks and the University had a full water tower and only about 25% of the students.

  61. The most I have ever gone without water is one day. We had enough bottled water and a rain barrel to get by. I always have about a week of water on hand without using the rain barrel.

  62. I was without water for 2 days following a hurricane, I was in school at the time and my family does not prepare at all, this experience is one of the reasons that as an adult I prepare.

  63. I went without water for one day and this giveaway is a brilliant way to calm the fear/trauma that experience left me with…

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity and the wonderful website full of great info…

  64. I Live in an older neighborhood with a ton of new apartment buildings going up on a regular basis. Between water main breaks and emergency sewer repairs we went 2 days without water and receive regular emails from the property manager saying no water for 4-12 period due to repairs. I half expected the pipes to freeze during the blizzard, they didn’t.

  65. The longest I was without running water was 4-5 days after a hurricane. I learned that I needed to have more water stored up! Since then, I definitely have.

  66. Could well put this to use. A week and a half with no power uses up what you thought was enough water without uncapping the artesian well.

  67. I’ve gone a week without running water, and although it isn’t that difficult, hauling and purifying water is a lot more time consuming than most people would expect.

  68. I’ve been saving old water bottles and filling them again with fresh water. It’s the least expensive way for me to stock up on water. I also buy water when it’s on sale to save a bit of money. I once went 2 days without water, and that’s all it took, I always have to rotate & replace my supply but it’s worth it.

  69. 2 days. I was uncomfortable with not being able to wash my hair and take a shower. If there is a prolonged water shortage I will definitely cut my hair so that it will take less water to wash it.

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