Monday, December 16, 2019

Prepper Alert! Defective Product Design

By Timothy Gamble (August 15, 2016)

The defective Ozark Trail water jug
I want to make my fellow preppers aware of a serious design flaw in the Ozark Trail 6-gal water jugs sold at Wal-mart stores (and perhaps elsewhere). This design flaw lead to 100% of my Ozark Trail jugs leaking within two years. These green water storage jugs have an X-design stamped on two sides. This X-design apparently creates weak spots in the material, eventually leading to leaks along the edges of the X. 

About two years ago, I bought four of the Ozark Trail water jugs at Wal-mart to use as part of my water storage. I filled them up and put them in a spare bedroom that I use for storage. About six-months later, I noticed that on of the jugs had developed a leak along the X on one side. I had to throw out the leaking jug. 

Over the next year-and-a-half, all three of the remaining jugs started leaking, all along the same spot - the edges of the X stamped in their sides. This X is a serious design flaw that apparently will eventually cause all these water storage jugs to start leaking. If you have these jugs, you may want to check to see if they are leaking yet. I suggest feeling along the edges of each X for moisture. 

I also have several of the 7-gallon Aqua-Tainers by Reliance. These water storage jugs are actually a couple of years older than my defective Ozark Trail jugs, yet none of them are leaking. I plan on replacing the Ozark Trail jugs with Aqua-Tainer jugs. 

My older AquaTainer water jugs are still NOT leaking.

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