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Craigslist regularly has free hot tubs people are giving away. What's your perspective on using one for emergency water storage [instead of filling the tub]? Obviously it would need a good scrub and bleach out...
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Only by treating the water when it is stored, stored covered, no use as a hot tub, purify the water before use.
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I don't know about hot tubs, but people used their swimming pools for water supply back during the 70's survivalist movement (for those lucky enough to have one).
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Browes, sounds like a great idea to me! If it's a false alarm, make some cocktails, get necked with momma and have a good time! I'm just say'n...
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It’s another storage option like anything else the only drawback is where to put it, how to hide it and how to defend it.

This is why I think underground “hidden” cisterns are the best option as they can be concealed and for the cost are affordable.

What good is a free hot tub if it’s discovered or you have to defend it all the time?
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>make some cocktails, get necked with momma and have a good time! I'm just say'n...

Been there done that..... they don't call me McLovin for nutin.


I have also used mine for an emergency source of water. I have city water but for some reason we will have a couple of outages a year. There have been a few times
where I used the water from the hot tube to flush the toilets. I have about 40 gallons of bottled water for drinking and cooking and have broken into that stash as well.

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they do not store a great deal in relation to overall size, but if it's free.
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I worked on Cal Spas, Jacuzzi, Vita Spas and others for several years. The trouble with storing water in them is that they are full of bacteria that is only killed when the temp. is over 102 degrees. They are heavy, bulky, and magnets for ants also. You would do much better to go to a soft drink bottler and buy plastic food grade barrels for ten to fifteen bucks each. Rinse them out and use them. You can put four to six in the space an old hot tub would take with a cleaner more controllable outcome.
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