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Re: Drinking water tank water.

So do folks with water makers pump it into bottles or the vessel's water tanks
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

We drink it all the time but....

*I shock and physically clean the tanks each spring
*The tanks NEVER see antifreeze
*Plumbing is new
*We have a whole house 3M style cartridge filter for taste, odor, cysts etc..
*We change the main filter 3-4x per season
*I turn the water in the tanks at least bi-weekly
*Add a cap full of bleach with each fill
*Use a Brita tap mounted filter at the faucet on top of the other filter..


Drinking a glass right now and it tastes great..... We've been drinking on-board water like this for about 16 years.... Sorry I could never let my tanks get dirty enough that I would not drink from them... That is Ewwwwwww..
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

I do believe my water tanks are clean enough to drink from, even after being over 30 years old, but because I don't do it, it leaves me to neglect 'purifying' them every time, and just fill them for showers and washing dishes.

However, I am getting tired of running to the store to by another 24 pack of water of which I already have so I just don't run out. And to make matters worse, I usually by the cheap stuff and that in itself is starting to raise issues. Most of the bottle water I am getting nowdays taste funnier than the tap water in most cases.

So, I think what I am going to do is install a new 3 to 5 gallon tank near the sink. With its on hand pump spigot and fill port leading up to the counter at the sink. Also, a drain port. Then, I can fill it with tap water if it is available, or bottled water if I have it. That way I can focus on gallon jugs instead of those little bottles if the marina water is not good.

I think I am going to start relying on the systems of my boat to do their job, which they should be able to do if I take care of them.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

When I was into back packing and canoe tripping I always carried a folding container, personal water bottle, and a ceramic filter designed for filtering water of questionable quality. It was always amazed to see how many places water can be found in deep woods. Springs are quite common, but not always what they seem to be if one looks just a little higher up. On the ocean.. "water water everywhere but not a drop to drink." I'd be one of those trying to make a solar still even though I'd plan for the trip.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

You should have been a boy scout Denise.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Can we turn the discussion to ways to clean the tank ... better suited for cleaner, better tasting water? I've flushed mine, but I never add anything to it. As I mentioned before, I run mine through filters before the water reaches the faucets or foot pump, but I wouldn't mind making it cleaner at the source.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Chlorine is the answer. The question is how much.
I use chlorine pucks once or twice a year and prior to usage to maintain a healthy system. I still bring water from home in refillable containers for drinking.
If you can't figure that out by now then you aren't paying attention to what has been writen in this thread.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Ok, so this is a true story.

I live in Vermont and most people get their water from wells. We, however, have a spring that is gravity fed.

Last year, it smelled a bit odd (us and three kids were drinking it) and I went up and took off the concrete cover. Low and behold there were three dead snakes in the water and a dead rat (I think). All floating and bumping against the intake line that went to the house.

Cleaned it out, shocked it, and then a couple of months later , the pump it he house stopped working. When we took it apart, there was snake bits chewed up in the impeller. It had slithered through the pipe 200 yards to the house.

All still alive, have healthy immune systems, but funnily enough, don't drink the water from the boat tank .
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Good story vtsailguy.
It reminds me of one the wells down at the families island. A sheep fell in one of the wells many years ago. We never went to that well anymore. Not even to water the livestock.
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Re: Drinking water tank water.

Up the BC coast I've filled my 1500 liters by holding a funnel and hose to the glacier water running down the cliff side. On the arctic ice just pump it off the flows. Never used filters or chlorine , still don't . Now trapped commercially dockside on city water , Never a problem. After 30 years a tank sprung a weeping leak so cut big access in all four tops and epoxied with glass and tank seal. Water is used for everything from ice to flush to the occasional shower, Always sweet and clean and the electric head insures quicker turn around. The manifold allows choice of tank or full drain to bilge

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