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Old 04-17-2014, 04:50 PM   #15
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We use our well water just sanitize your tank in the spring as per your manual and if your worried about drinking water buy yourself a berkey water purifiers ,you can put water from a swamp ,puddle of water ,swimming pool ( not salt treated) any water source , I have one at home and must say it's the best water purifier we have ever used,it's used in disaster areas by UNICEF etc, the berkey filter purifier comes in lots of different size we have a travel model but it's too small for at home use,

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Old 04-17-2014, 09:57 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Jammer View Post
adding a moderate amount of chlorine seems simple, inexpensive, and prudent.
This is very true. I certainly do not question the benefits of adding chlorine. I was hoping that periodic sanitizing would suffice but you also bring up good points about sources of potential contamination that I had not fully considered.

That being said, I went to FEMA's website to refresh my memory on the ratio of bleach (non-scented, etc) to water:

Filling Water Containers
- Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.) If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.
- Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your fingers. Write the date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place.
- Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.
It bothers me that FEMA measures this in drops as the size of a drop depends on the dropper. What dropper did they use? Clorox's website states 2 drops per quart! However, Clorox also notes that 12 drops equals 1/8th of a teaspoon. I can extrapolate from that to get the proper amount needed. As Protagonist mentioned, the freshwater tank is vented, so what is added will inevitably dissipate but I will have to assume that the contact time is enough to kill most germs.

Taste matters too. I have an inline filter under the kitchen sink. May look into Brita as well. For now, I do carry drinking water separately.

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Old 04-17-2014, 10:26 PM   #17
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Jammer suggested "The incidental consumption of water while showering, preparing foods eaten raw, or rinsing dishes is as much a risk as drinking."

That makes sense but I know our family with little grandchildren swim in the lake almost daily in summer and we have never had a problem, but I think if we drank directly from the lake daily I think we might. At least we wouldn't try it.

I feel the same way about the water in our Airstream tank, so we don't drink it.

A factor in our own case is we fill the fresh water tank through our portable water softener, and we don't like the taste of softened water. Another reason we don't drink from the tank.
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:25 AM   #18
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To me it sounds like most people think well water is bad (taboo) but in most cases well water is better as it has it's own natural filter sand ,earth , (as Mother Nature intended)my well has 40 feet of sand plus another 140 feet of rock and earth and there are no drugs in my well like city water plants you say drugs yes how many people flush there expired drugs down the toilet or other things ,(it ends up in the water source eventually ),the water treatment plants cannot filter drugs from the water! And also when you go camping most campgrounds are on well water, and when people buy bottle water were does this water come from (From wells) also if you have Netflix watch some movies about bottle water this maybe will change your mine about bottle water ( not that it's bad for you ) ( it's bad for the environment and your pocket and in some cases the water is inferior then maybe your well or water source)go and buy a water purifier for drinking and cooking and take a shower with well water and if you get well water in your mouth so what your not going to die billions of people drink water from there wells daily, just sanitize your trailers fresh water tank at start of season and like others have said you can add bleach in proper quantity if your really unsure of water source, but remember bleach is not good for you ,if water source has something in it that's bad you don't want to add chemicals to fix the problem you want to remove the Bad things in the water (purify water) I have a berkey water filter for a year now and really like the purified water from it , check out you tube videos on it they come in many different sizes from a sport Berkey (water bottle size to a massive size )
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:09 AM   #19
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Well water is not bad but since it might have a few bugs in it and the tank might have a few bugs in it and it sits for months at a time it is going to get growth of something in it. I would sanitize with bleach a few ounces per tank and let it sit and then rinse the tank then fill with well water. Driving around with the bleach in the tank will get it cleaner. It needs to be in there a few hours regardless. I would use a carbon filter to get the Chlorine residuals out of the water. You can get pool test strips to test the Chlorine content of the water. You can figure out mix ratios for bleach and water to get 3ppm Chlorine. Personally, I would not drink out of a tank that sits a lot. Folks that use their tank constantly keep it cleaned out by using it.

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In our prior Class A motorhome (last year sold it) we had a 160 gal water tank. We would not normally travel with more than ¼ tank due to weight, but we have well water. Once home I usually filled the tank full to the top and overflowing. That is how I kept it in the inside garage, full. When we were ready to travel I would drain out the water and refilled to the ¼ mark. Once a year I would do the chlorine sanitization of the plumbing system usually at the end of the winter before I traveled. We would only fill the tank at the last location with good water available prior to boondoocking. IE: Balloon Festival, FMCA Rally, filled at the last campground the day before we got there and of course dumped the waste tanks. We have never had a problem with well water sitting in our tank and that's for over 20 years of Class A motorhomes on well water.

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