National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Bag – Slingable, Water, 72 GL, Non-Potable

NFES Number: 
Water Handling
Storage and Shelf Life Checks: 

Initial Inspection/Disposal Criteria

  1. Visually inspect for missing components, or need for repair such as: straps, hoses, spigot, cap, and gasket.
  2. Return to stock if in unused condition.
  3. Refurbish if dirty or need repair.
  4. Dispose of item if it fails inspection and/or is damaged beyond repair.

Refurbishing Procedures

A. Cleaning

  1. Clean exterior of tank thoroughly with filler cap attached.
  2. Support or hang tank with spigot closed, remove cap and fill with water to rinse out tank.
  3. Replace cap and shake bag vigorously until all foreign matter is removed.
  4. Drain completely through hose and spigot.
  5. Invert bag after removing cap, open spigot and empty as much water as possible.
  6. Let dry inverted for 1 hour in sun, if possible.

B. Repair

  1. Fill with air and look for leaks, visually inspect bags for rips, tears, or obvious defects.
  2. Use a black permanent marker to indicate damage, keeping all markings simple and professional
  3. In a well ventilated area clean area around damaged spot with lacquer thinner or other suitable cleaner.
  4. Apply suitable glue (manufacturer’s recommendation) to both surfaces (patch and tank).
  5. Let dry until tacky.
  6. Place patch on damaged area and apply pressure with roller or suitable device for at least 1 minute.
  7. Repair or replace any damaged components.
  8. Ensure bags are stenciled with NFES number and “non-potable” or “suppression use only”.

C. Testing for Performance

  1. Re-inspect any patches or repairs.
  2. Fill with air to test for leaks.

D. Repackaging

  • Ensure that tank is stenciled visibly with the words “NON-POTABLE” or SUPPRESSION USE ONLY” and proper NFES # is stenciled on tank.
    • Use NFES #008070 carton (18” x 15” x 5.5”) for NFES #000426.
    • For NFES #006017 and #006021, use local cache option for carton.


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