How to start your own waterpod
• An inspection was conducted before and will be repeated after use of the barge by Waterpod™ Project. An independent marine survey will be performed on a pro bono basis by a nautical engineer from Martin Ottaway.
• The barge will rely solely on it's own power sources, including a vertical wind turbine (still to be received and installed), solar pv panels, bicycle power, and a pico hydro system. No fuel of any kind will be on board. Marine batteries will be used for power storage, sealed in 2kw boxes, off limits to the public. The primary power sources for Waterpod™ will be the hybrid solar/wind system set up to run all equipment on board, Secondary sources include bicycle powered rechargeable batteries and a picohydro system.
• The living quarters will consist of: four rooms with bed/shelf/personal items, including one guest room. In accordance with RCNY Chapter 28 3-3.1, the living units and kitchen/shower structures will have battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors placed above appropriate throughways. (a) Battery power will provide at least one years life and will be tested weekly. (b) A distinctive audible trouble signal will be emitted should the battery become inoperational (due to aging, terminal corrosion, and other factors). There will be one fire extinguisher in each space and fire retardant coats on all wood/canvas structures. An emergency and fire evacuation map will be posted within each room and building structure on board.
• Waterpod™ will be in compliance with all city safety regulations. We have 24 security guards assigned for the duration of the installation.
• In the event of a hurricane or other sufficiently severe meteorological conditions, Waterpod™ will be towed to a secure location. The structures have been designed and engineered to withstand 70-knot winds.
• Water will be tested regularly to insure potability. A 'rocket' efficient wood burning stove and an outdoor solar parabolic cooking unit will be used away from sources of combustible plant matter and any building materials.
• The Waterpod™ team is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure compliance with all appropriate maritime codes and regulations. Pre-inspections and regular inspections have been arranged. The Coast Guard will conduct public seminars on water safety. The crew will be trained in first aid skills and fire drills will be regularly carried out. Public Address systems will be operational. USCG-approved floatation devices will be proportional to the maximum capacity for public and crew.