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    Default Bringing water home / Moving water

    This question will only apply to those of us without a well / creek / rainbarrel system / etc.

    When you run out of water at home and have to go get some how will you bring it home? Anyone who has ever tried to carry a 5 gallon bucket of water over any significant distance knows the experience sucks. So looking for solutions.

    Saw a "feel good" add on facebook for the hippo-roller- a 24 gallon barrel with a handle that lets you go out and bring water home in an easy way. Thought- "Thats a good idea. I wonder if I can buy one?". http://www.hipporoller.org/

    The answer is yes- BUT- they are manufactured in South Africa and cost $125 (OK) with $175 shipping (CHOKE).

    Similar items are available closer to home but are designed to be be filled with water not to transport it but to make a heavy roller to smash your lawn bumps down. Do you think it would be durable enough to roll for long distances over rocks, etc? http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FQoNaQodf1YPhw

    Anyway- other ideas? If you needed to go get water a fair distance away and bring it home WITHOUT A CAR/TRUCK how would you do it?
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    Terrain ? Would not work for me.

    For a different application, but still good for water, is a small trailer with large diameter wheels to get over the rocks and small water cuts.
    Was going to use a rope tied to trailer and a cat head driven with motor/engine, even a crank type would work.

    Wheel dia would more than likely have to be at least 14 inches.
    Wide enough and loaded so that CG does not make it unstable.
    I was thinking of 2 feet wide and some 4 feet long.
    this was so I would not have to be carrying buckets of dirt/sand/rocks uphill.

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    I was suggesting the roller type to some friends years ago... Cost won't matter much if you're using it for survival... I did some research then... Seemed like the idea was well thought out for arid regions... Toting water has always sucked and that's why the roller idea popped up...

    I've always said that in a SHTF situation, lawyers only use would be for toting water...
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    Anything with wheels would make it way easier. Even a two wheeled dolly like delivery men use could be used for two stacked 5 gallon buckets.

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    I have a bunch of the blue 7 gallon containers. Maybe a garden cart like this would work to move them about?

    http://www.amazon.com/Gotobuy-Wagon-...680524&sr=1-17
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    Water is heavy, no doubt about it

    A water catchment system is easy and inexpensive to set-up now, before you need it. Food grade 275 gallon IBC tanks are $80 delivered around here so water storage can be easy if you plan now.

    But if I HAD to haul water without a truck/car I guess I'd use a gorilla cart with a 55 gallon water barrel or something similar http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-C...866D/204143839

    If you prefer metal over Poly they have a metal version as well http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-C...P-12/203353112

    I have the 1,200 lb capacity Poly Gorilla Cart at my BOL for hauling wood, I suppose I could haul water with it if I had to. It's been a great cart for hauling wood from my back 40
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    A 55 gallon barrel of water weighs about 500 pounds. I have one of these and am making more. https://www.lehmans.com/p-1384-lehma...ce=google&utm_ The well bucket and 300 feet of poly rope and I have access to lots of wells in my area.

    I guess it depends on what type of situation you are dealing with? No power grid and no gas for vehicles means it would not be healthy to be out and around with something that had worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiwall View Post
    Anything with wheels would make it way easier. Even a two wheeled dolly like delivery men use could be used for two stacked 5 gallon buckets.
    That's my go-to. A hand truck with big "all terrain" wheels makes things much easier.

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    Game cart off of Amazon, some bungee cords, and a couple 7 gallon water containers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdale View Post
    Water is heavy, no doubt about it

    A water catchment system is easy and inexpensive to set-up now, before you need it. Food grade 275 gallon IBC tanks are $80 delivered around here so water storage can be easy if you plan now.

    But if I HAD to haul water without a truck/car I guess I'd use a gorilla cart with a 55 gallon water barrel or something similar http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-C...866D/204143839

    If you prefer metal over Poly they have a metal version as well http://www.homedepot.com/p/Gorilla-C...P-12/203353112

    I have the 1,200 lb capacity Poly Gorilla Cart at my BOL for hauling wood, I suppose I could haul water with it if I had to. It's been a great cart for hauling wood from my back 40
    Hello friend and fellow Texan,

    I am here in the piney woods and was wondering if you know about any legalities about having a water catchment system in Texas.

    I remember recently a guy got into all kinds of trouble in Oregon for catching water raining down from the sky.

    Do you know if a 55 gallon barrel would be OK here in Texas, or is there some gallon limit on how much of the federal governments water you can hold for your own personal use?

    PS...in reading everyone's answers I see we all seem to love those 7 gallon stackable containers. Brilliant minds think alike.

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