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Re: Drinking water tank water.

When we finally cut out the integrated tank in the bow, it was appalling inside (but the water always "looked" fine). We switched to soft bladders (25 gallon x2 if I remember correctly) for the disposable aspect (use till funky, replace as needed).

Boat water is gross, unless the tank is a virgin.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

I shocked my tank, replaced the lines from the tanks to the pump faucets, then I dismantled the pumps and cleaned them out.

I follow the same procedure for loading water, that we followed on submarines:

Potable water hose ends shall be coupled together when the hose is not in use.
Sterilize potable water hose ends with wiscodine for 30 seconds prior to loading.
Only potable water hoses shall be used for loading water.
Verify the integrity of the water source prior to loading water.

I drink my tank water, and do everything else with it. It tastes better than the tap water at my office.

I find that the taste is freshest and sweetest if you frequently use and replenish water. The taste does degrade if the water sits for an extended period.

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surprised nobody has mentioned water cooler, like an igloo brand for drinking water. this wouldn't work for long distance cruising, but we use one primarily in the summer. Fill with ice and tap water, last several days and is easily strapped somewhere in the cockpit. Using one of these reduces the bottles = less trash, is easily cleaned, and reduces going in and out of the refrigerator / cold box.

In the summer we can go through one of those large igloo water coolers in a few days easily with four people. That's probably equal to two cases of deer park bottles

We have used the same idea for a favorite beverage such as iced tea.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Given the size of our boat and our current cruising needs we find that 3-4 1 gallon plastic jugs is plenty of water for the two of us.
They are fairly square in shape and our boat has a locker that will hold 4 jugs really nice with little waisted space. Plus, we still have 30 gallons of good clean water for washing dishes and cleaning up.
Our water system sits unused for pretty much the entire year
so we will shock it before our summer cruising season starts.
I'm just not comfortable drinking out of a 32 year old system that sits unused for most of the time.

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Re: Drinking water tank water.

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But, we never drink it or cook with it. We always buy bottle water.


You must be kidding!

Where do you live some thrid world country?????

Whats wrong with the water in your country?

I have drunk the water in every country except a very few where there was none... Galapagos, Indonesia, Egypt.
and all of it has been fine.

The water in the USA is good straight from the tap. But plastic bottled water? And you guys complain about the environment being stuffed. Think of the footprint of plastic bottled water! Especially when the tap water is fine.

To the OP: Try it. You will be very pleased with the taste (etc) and pleased with yourself

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Re: Drinking water tank water.

I dont drink from my tanks. I buy gallon jugs for 79the cents a piece. Much less waste then bottle water do far as plastic. My grandparents had a cistern in their bahams residence. I helped my frandfather attach a measuring device in it one day. **** roachers were on the walls. They lives there 25are plus years and never fell ill so i suppose its not too bad. I just dont use my tank water because it comes from a hose and sits for weeks at a time so i know it has growth. 79 cents a gallon aint bad. When i plan on doing out island trips i will get those big water fountain jugs outside the grocery stores that hold 10my or 15 gallons a piece.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

This just in....
Mark has drank water from all around the world and it's all just fine. No more world water problems I guess.
You must be kidding me.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

I'm not against the principle of drinking out of boat tanks but it depends on the material the tank is made out of. I'd have no compunctions about drinking out of a stainless or monel tank, a few doubts about drinking out of polyethylene, lots of doubts about drinking out of aluminum or galvanized, and I'm pretty much scared stiff to drink out of the fiberglass tanks on our boat. We use the tank water for dish washing, hand washing, and showering. For drinking water we have eight 1-gallon refillable containers, usually filled at home from the tap and kept at the bottom of the refrigerator.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

You can freeze those jugs with there lids on, as the dimples in the sides of the container allow for expansion of the ice.

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Re: Drinking water tank water.

We use our tank water for everything. The idea of bringing enough bottled water for our 4-6 week cruises is unnecessary, impractical, and a huge waste of money and environmental resources.

We only cruise seasonally right now, and fill from trusted "first-world" sources. Our tank is SS, but is large, so we do try to fill only what we need. We do shock the tank each season, and use a basic carbon filter for taste, but I've no reason to be concerned about drinking directly from it. Heck, in our home waters (Lake Superior) we often drink directly from the Lake.

When we head off for places unknown next year I expect to filter direct drinking water using a katadyn hand pump. But I certainly hope to never be in a situation where I'm forced to fill our tank with water that is so suspect that I can't cook or clean with it.

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