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Re: Drinking water tank water.
We wash, brush teeth, bathe and cook with tank water, but drink bottled. We keep around 10 one gallon jugs aboard at all times, then fill individual water bottles for drinking. Cuts down on some of the plastic anyway.
We never ever put anti-freeze in the tank, but blow out the water for the winter. All water is filled with a carbon filter attached to the hose and we occasionally add a sodium chlorine based water treatment. I shy away from doing it at each fill, as chlorine will corrode all fittings and fixtures that it remains in contact with over time. I do not think the low dosage of these treatments actually kills all bacteria, but it might. High dosing the water to the point that you can smell the chlorine would be very bad for your health. On the other hand, a carbon filter will quite easily remove the excess chlorine at the tap, if you want to go to the effort.
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