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Re: newbe question about freshwater tanks

Mike - While Lake Michigan water is drinkable as-is in an emergency situation, filtration/purification will be necessary using either a purpose-built water filter or iodine tablets, etc to avoid bacteria. Given the ease of carrying potable water (bottles, jugs, etc.), I really don't think using lake water is necessary.

We have a 70 gallon freshwater tank aboard our boat that we keep partially full with hose water from the dock. We only use it for washing dishes and our hands. We carry bottled water (or larger jugs if cruising) for drinking.
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