WHITTIER, Calif., March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- When an earthquake, flood, or a hurricane strikes, experts urge us to be ready with an emergency supply of drinking water. But how do you store water that will keep for an indeterminate amount of time? With crises, you never truly know when.
A California start-up company has the answer: a patented, 30-gallon, BPA-free plastic barrel that allows homeowners, businesses, and cities to store water in the barrel and keep it ready.
The Waterfull Barrel is different from other large water containers. It is completely sealed to keep out debris, has special protection against the sun's UV rays that degrade regular plastic, and maintains safe pressure when water is pumped in at a high rate. The Barrel keeps the water fresh by enabling users to connect the Barrel to a garden hose and flush in their drinkable source water every time they water their lawn or wash their car. To see how it works, go to www.waterfull.com or view the Barrel on Kickstarter.
"I was watching the news before and after hurricane Charley hit Florida," said Howard Murray, the inventor and owner of Waterfull LLC. "They were showing people standing in line waiting for water. I thought, there has to be a better way for people to store water for times like this. I also thought, who wants to drink stale water that may have been sitting in the garage or basement for a few years? I wish our Barrel was ready for New Orleans, Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and all the other disasters I've watched over the years, but it's here now."
The Barrel's unique design includes two spigots for two garden hoses. After complete installation, the Barrel's lower spigot becomes your new water source. When the lower spigot is used, the water flushes into the Barrel and out again through the lower garden hose, providing a continuous flow of water. This process replenishes the Barrel with fresh water. When the lower spigot is turned off, the Barrel retains both the constant water pressure and the circulated water until the next time it is used. The pressurization of the Barrel is essential to water circulation.
Waterfull has received notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office projecting that the company will be granted a United States patent on March 26, 2019 for the company's self-refreshing water storage system.
Based in Whittier, California, Waterfull was founded in 2017 to provide water security to those concerned about the safety of their family after a disaster. The company's patented Waterfull Barrel attaches in minutes to an ordinary outdoor spigot and stores enough clean drinking water to support a family of four for one week. FEMA and the American Red Cross guidelines were used in the development of their product.