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post #29 of Old 06-15-2013
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

People think that bottled water is "purer" than what comes out of their faucets at home. This may not be the case. Companies that bottle water sell the idea that they have a spring in the mountains (or out in the woods, or somewhere green and pretty) so their water is better. If you believe them, they make money. I think Coca Cola puts Philadelphia city water into blue bottles, calls it something fancy, and sells it nationwide at an incredible profit. Is it any better than what might be in your tank? The Royal Navy used a fresh water source that welled up in one section of Cold Spring Harbor, New York, to fill their water barrels before and during the American Revolution. Now a faucet has been set up that taps into this same source, so that you can actually sail up to it, (about 100' from shore) and fill your tanks too. The Royal Navy would not want their crews to get sick, any more than any of us do. I absolutely hate the plastic bottles. When they're full, they're heavy. When they're empty they roll or blow around everywhere, causing crew to dangerously miss their step when they crunch or slide underfoot. If there is an "Ew" factor, clean your tank. and consider the drinking water on Bermuda. EVERY HOUSE in Bermuda funnels rainwater from the roof into a cistern that is probably NOT as pristine as your boat's water tank. There might in fact be frogs down there.

Last edited by paulk; 06-15-2013 at 11:45 PM.
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