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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Gary,
When I said there were several "bugs" resistant to chlorine I was referring to protozoa and viruses, not bacteria. Particularly giardia, cryptosporidium, entomoeba, and the likes. They are highly chlorine tolerant but also nearly non-existant in municipal water supplies.

Significantly greater threat from surface water sources, even swimming pools.

Dog Ship- a quick Pub Med search shows 79 deaths related to drinking water in the US from 1971-2004. Not perfect but not bad for a population of 200-300M imho.

Any system aboard that is required to maintain life should have redundancy if you are going offshore. Again, only my own opinion. More than one pump, more than one fire extinguisher, more than a single flare, more than one can of beans, 8-) point is I take more than one water source. I carry bottled water as well when off shore.
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