New Hurricane Product, Watersafe, Takes 1st Place in Inventor's Contest: "Kristen Nevils wowed the Venture2 "Inventor Search" judges both with her husband's 'Watersafe' invention idea and her presentation polish!" - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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On Thursday, Nevils proudly unveiled the emergency water storage product, Watersafe, which is available at Her husband, Michael Nevils developed the Watersafe, after witnessing his 90 year-old neighbors struggle upstairs with buckets full of pool water in the aftermath of a hurricane. The product is a solution for homeowners to keep up to 65 gallons of water in the bathtub or sink, avoiding the pre-hurricane rush for bottled water.

customer need, uniqueness, and an attractive financial opportunity.

    "Alone, bathtubs are unreliable as emergency water containers," said Nevils, explaining how they leak, get dirty and are hazardous to children. The Watersafe is a large, food grade, plastic bladder that is placed in the bathtub first and then filled with potable water. It will protect water from contamination so it is safe for drinking, bathing, cleaning and flushing.

Nevils continued, "A five-member family would need 70 gallons of water to prepare properly for disasters. Purchasing bottled water costs about $60. The Watersafe is about half the cost. The convenience, peace of mind, quality and compact storage ability are unmatched."

The couple was awarded the Grand Prize on Friday. "I love our product and see so much potential in it," said Nevils, "But to have other inventors say, 'You really have something here,' that's amazing."

Venture2, an innovation launching company, held the contest at their Delray Beach, FL facility. Over 50 inventors applied, with one application coming all the way from Vietnam.

Inventions were ranked products based on "customer need, uniqueness, and an attractive financial opportunity." "My job is to kill bad ideas early," said Michael Docherty, CEO of Venture2, in a recent article in the Sun-Sentinel. "It's great people have passion about their ideas. But I'd much rather people focus their passion on something else that has a chance."

"It wasn't an easy call," said Docherty. "In the end what pushed us toward Watersafe is that they took the total business approach." The Nevils' also are willing to devote their time to developing the product, he added. The winners will become clients of Venture2.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-WATER18.

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