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Re: Drinking water test kit suggestions?
If you want a 'definitive' answer, the simple answer is NO.
The complicated answer is it will take several DAYS to biologically 'culture' and verify pathogens. Many of the 'wild' or uncommon strains of water borne pathogens can take 'weeks' to assay.
Chemical 'dipstick' to assay for high concentrations of severe toxicants wont help with trace or 'nil' amounts very effectively.
As the 'sanitarians' of the 19th century discovered, (and what developed into the 'kosher' laws since antiquity) simple cleanliness and 'hygiene' (and active common sense) of your water system remains the 'key' to 'safe' water ..... essentially the same process you use to keep your dishes and cookware ..... and water jugs 'clean'.
Best advice I can offer for 'bio concerns' is to filter the 'dock water' before it gets onboard with a 1,2ÁM filter 'certified for the removal of oocysts' or certified for 99.9% removal of 1,2ÁM particles .... and at least once yearly open the tank and 'wash/scrub it' and then rinse, then 'shock sanitize' it with 'clorox' at 4oz. per 10 gallons of water, then rinse. "Cleanliness !!!!!!"
Last edited by RichH; 01-13-2013 at 11:53 AM.