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Location: Georgian Bay, Canada
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Not at all hard to keep a bladder sanitary. Rinse it every so often with chlorine bleach, or vinegar even, then rinse it thoroughly with water. Better yet, get a filter inline before the tanks and eliminate even more of your problems. You can buy a filter that fits on a garden hose, does a great job.
I once, due to a lack of caffeine ingestion one morning, pumped 13 gallons of diesel into my BRAND NEW BLADDER TANKS.
Talk about a mess. Had to remove and properly dispose of the fuel/water mixture, then clean the tanks thoroughly with 'simple green' - I can recommend it for diesel cleanup - then rinse rinse rinse, including stopping up the hoses and filling them with SG.
When the water tasted ok, with no scent or smell, I reinstalled the bags. I then got around to finally installing a Culligan inline filter after the tanks - water actually tastes better than before. Had these been built in tanks, it would have been a nightmare getting them properly cleaned out.
As for what bladder to get, WM sells a variety of them. I find that simply bringing along a five gallon collapsible jug every trip and filling it more than compensates for water usage, but that may not work for all. The weight also balances out my dinghy...
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