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isopropanol not familiar with this BUT is there any chance it could attack anything in the system like hoses - seals - O rings.
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I would put the (rubbing) alcohol in, let it mix with whatever water may be in there, and then pump it out.
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Isopropanol is aka isopropyl alcohol. I'm sure it is not identical to ethanol or methanol but AFAIK it is the same in terms of effects in fuel systems or other places. A short exposure wouldn't harm anything in the typical fuel tank or system, although prolonged or concentrated use dries out rubber and other materials.

As a tank cleaner? Arguably the safest material you can use, unless you want to just heat the tahk until all the water evaporates. With the alcohol, it will evaporate out much sooner.
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This is simple, as hellosailor said, pour in a gal of alchol, pump it out fill with clean diesel and be on your way, the filter will remove what little water is left. The clear bowl racors are certainly better to see what you have in them
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