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Old 12-29-2014, 09:04 PM   #99
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Unless you cleaned the spigot with soap and water before spraying it with bleach, you didn't sanitize anything.
And if the bleach/water mix was over 24 hours old since mixing it did nothing either. That's what the local health dept says.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:49 AM   #100
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How long is the unused water in the tank good for? At what point does it need to be drained and refilled?
Water will only go bad if something gets into it, and or, something bad grows in it.

I drain mine every winter and refill in the spring. That's about four months freezable time, and that's clean enough for me!

My water hauling tanks are opaque. Use to have problems in sunny AZ with algae and had to pressure clean and bleach them often. Then I painted them to prevent the sun light getting in. Made a big difference and now may clean them once a year, or none. My main 3,000 gal domestic tank is light proof and have had no problem in eight years. And I haul well water and it has no chlorine that I can tell. There may be something else that I'm not aware of though!

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Old 12-30-2014, 08:49 PM   #101
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City water is safe to drink, but varies greatly in taste because of the many and varied chemicals added as necessary. Charcoal filters usually even the taste out. For those of you who shun city water on the road, only buy spring water if you want to avoid the chems in treated water. I have well water at home and the well is hundreds of feet from any possible contamination so I always leave home with a load of water. Now about me personally drinking city water, I have drank water from the tap in Korea, Germany, Saudia Arabia,Japan, Labrador and Ireland and never worry about it.
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I have well water at home and the well is hundreds of feet from any possible contamination . . .
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As long as it was water we took from home - no problem. Anacortes has one of the top 5 ware quality ratings in the country and we always left home with the tank full - to hell with the weight penalty!

On trips where we had to refill, we were a lot more cautious. We would use CG water to brew coffee and tea, but if we sensed a taste issue we wouldn't refill the potable tank.

Since we're originally from the UK, the only way we drink water is after it's been used to brew coffee or tea. We rarely drink it "raw".
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I would not hesitate to drink from our FL tank. Besides, its constantly being refilled and drained throughout the season. We always make tea, ice cubes, etc from it. Been doing this for 30 years without any problems. While I can see taking some precautions we never drink bottled water while out in the MH or at home. If you feel better drinking bottled water, go for it. Just don't litter.
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Of course we drink water from the onboard fresh water tank, that's what it' for. Ever drink water from a public water fountain? Ever wonder who takes care of the cleaning? Ever hear of anyone being hospitalized from drinking water from either?
I know beyond a doubt who cleaned and sanitized my MH fresh water tank and plumbing, and the last time it happened.
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And if the bleach/water mix was over 24 hours old since mixing it did nothing either. That's what the local health dept says.
Isn't that one of the reasons they make Vodka?
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Do I drink from the rv fresh water tank ? Of course, daily..make coffee too!
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I certainly drink from my freshwater tank.

The question kinda reminds me of the RV'er I was talking to that carried a porta-potty with him (setup outside his front door) so he didn't have to use the toilet in his rig. Something about reading that it shouldn't be used...
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...Ever drink water from a public water fountain? Ever wonder who takes care of the cleaning?
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This is the reason that both me and the DW always ask for our fast food soft drinks without ice. I remember reading years ago about how the soda fountains may be regularly cleaned, but hardly anyone cleans the ice bins on the machines... same in hotels.


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The question kinda reminds me of the RV'er I was talking to that carried a porta-potty with him (setup outside his front door) so he didn't have to use the toilet in his rig. Something about reading that it shouldn't be used...
Oh boy... I remember a thread like that around here a couple years ago. One of my favorites replies was where someone said as if not using the onboard potty would increase the resale value.
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For all the folks who get the heebie jeebies every time a report of contamination or possible cooties in their water tanks --- Why not just yank the water tank, pump, and all the supporting equipment out of your RV? No worries about dirty, dog sprinkled campsite faucets, hoses, filters etc. If we take out the water tank, we can also get rid of the grey tank. Think of the weight savings and storage room it would create? All that space for bottled water storage, although that does reduce the weight storage.
Seems to be enough responses here that don't drink or use the water you wouldn't have too much trouble selling such an RV. I call dibs on getting reimbursed for suggesting this design revolution to the RV industry.
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[QUOTE=DeWat;2364238]This is the reason that both me and the DW always ask for our fast food soft drinks without ice. I remember reading years ago about how the soda fountains may be regularly cleaned, but hardly anyone cleans the ice bins on the machines... same in hotels.

Amen on the ICE. for well over 20 years, The DW and I do not use public ICE> the bucket is usually under the sink or elsewhere and they use it to scoop the bucket through the bulk ice machine and then dump it in the bar sink or dispenser. FILTHY.

One time while at a mall in cherry hill NJ I witnessed an employee take a 50 lb bag of ice from the back freezer and throw in on the floor in front of the ice dispenser at the Mac Donalds. he then stomped on it to break up the frozen parts, reached into the bag with his hands to feel around, stomped it some more and then picked it up and dumped the entire bag in the machine. DIRT FROM THE FLOOR, HIS SHOES ET ALL. DISGUSTING.

we also do not eat sea food or fish. don't ask why it is the only food source not inspected by FDA or USDA
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Don't ask for a slice of lemon in your ice tea. I saw a lady cutting them into slices, no gloves, and she wiped her forehead half way through. I mentioned it to the manager and he replied "she was holding it on the outside not inside!"

Read a restaurant menu lately? It was found to be the most contaminated item in the entire restaurant, bar none.

Drink from the water tank I filled and I maintained? You bet.
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