I have tried several different things to try to provide water for my bees. None of these ideas has been very successful. Inone of the Beekeeping Journals or online somewhere I found this idea:
Get a water bowl/jug made for dogs from PetSmart and use that to provide water foryou bees.
In an urban setting, providing a water source for your bees will keep your neighbors happy. With allthe moisture we have received recently, I found a place near my hives where thebees were landing to drink water. This is the place I put my waterbowl/jug. Now they are coming back and bringing friends. I put afew small rocks in the bottom of the bowl so the bees have a place to land anddrink without drowning. This jug holds about 3 gallons. They sell 5-gallonbowls/jugs also. As stated by Jerry Anderson at the ABQ-Beeks meeting,now is the time to train your bees to drink water from your source. Otherwise,they will find a water source at your neighbor’s pool, birdbath, fountain,etc. Keep your neighbors happy and give your urban bees their own watersource. If you have any other ideas or suggestions then please sharethem. Bee Smart, Randy