I have one of the typical inverted lid-sealed and drilled 5 gallon buckets resting in a flower pot base type waterer. It is a pain to take off the lid to fill it.
I can't have a full-time hose set up, so I would like to use a way to fill it up with a hose connection only when needed. I have read things on this forum and elsewhere, but most are trying to put in a full-time pressurized system. I'm sure I'm missing a simple solution.
I have found out about 3/4" PVC bulkhead fittings when would leave an open hole, and the negative pressure remaining in the inverted bucket is needed. So I look at various valves to turn things off when the bucket was full. I found one valve/bulkhead fitting combo here:
However, that leaves me with a male end, which is also on the end of the potable RV water hose I'm using. I want all 100% potable for each part because if it is not good enough for me, it is not good enough for the chickens and the eggs from them we will be eating. Plus, our chickens are pets, and we care a great deal for them.
So my problem is finding a female/female connector. I would prefer the durability of brass, but with no lead or lead-free compliant (<= 0.25% lead) ratings. The plastic type I can't find potability ratings for them. I haven't found a potable brass connector, either.
I would appreciate any input from anyone wiser than I about piping. Any other solution is welcome other than the type I've mentioned above. Quick connect/disconnect would be ideal, but I haven't found ratings for them, either, esp the brass type.
I have also thought about putting the bulkhead fitting in the lid, but not sure it would rest flat afterwords (and it would be better to have a plug in it for when I turn the bucket inverted putting it into the flower pot base.