141225RE: Re: Re: CYOA - RE: Cleaning Water Tanks
- Sep 21, 2013
Jim, you are right to keep it simple.
Only I don't think there are any hand holes to swab around the insides, but maybe they are there, like in a waste holding tank.
Chlorine forms trihalomethanes, and the odor lingers. That is why I suggested using sodium chlorite, (NOT hypochlorite) to have odorless disinfection. That is the chemistry in Aquabon, a commonly available brand at marine chandleries.
It is more costly than bleach, but is purer.
An ounce treats 20 gallons, and no nasty chlorine odor.
BTW, I don't drink the tank water, but wash dishes, bathe and flush with it.
jmho ~ pete
--- In email@example.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Don't succumb to the temptation to overengineer solutions to simple problems, folks.Water is potable if it is free of poisonous life and toxins. It is palatable if it is free of odd flavors and smells and mysterious chunks. So the approach is to get a few clean rags and / or a high pressure hose, swab out the tanks, pour in REAL hot water (150 degrees or hotter) and slosh it around good, then swab again, and keep doing that until you've glommed out as much crud as you can. Don't expect to get it all. Then you re-install the tank, install a particulate filter (more accurately, a strainer) and then, between the particulate strainer and your spigots, a carbon filter. Those two will remove chunks and filter out any residual chlorine, chemicals, most metals, toxins, and smells / flavors. Then treat with Clorox (plain, ordinary, no frills Clorox or its generic equivalents available at Walmart and other places) and add your water. Every time you refill your tank after that, add the appropriate amount of Clorox first. Then don't worry about bugs, because the Clorox takes care of them. After refilling and before you use this water, leave the fill port open for at least a half hour to allow some of the chlorine fumes to escape. You can get everything you need for this at Walmart.Yes, in a previous lifetime I held certification as a water quality specialist.Yes, there are other ways to deal with this, including reverse osmosis, UV light systems, etc. most of which are bigger buck solutions and prone to being difficult to keep working. Clorox works every time it's tried. Follow the directions provided in the link above and you'll stay healthy and your water will taste good and not add disturbing material to your bourbon and branch after-supper cocktails.Yes, there are 'pills' that can be added to water to treat it for bugs. They will work, but they will still require the filters mentioned above and are about three orders of magnitude more expensive per gallon than the method outlined above.One last note: chlorine (Clorox) is corrosive. Don't let freshly treated water get on the hose clamps or other metal items in or near your plumbing systems.James R. Muri
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Subject: RE: Re: CYOA - RE: Cleaning Water Tanks
--- In email@example.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:The plan was to have them steam cleaned then treat with Clorox followed
by testing. Still having trouble finding a steam cleaner...
Capt'n Pauley (Paul Esterle)
Freelance Boating Writer
On 9/20/2013 1:44 PM, Richard Dondero wrote:
> You might want to try a 10% Clorox solution. If you are planning on
> using the water for drinking either after steam or Clorox treatment I
> would have the water tested after being in the tank for a day or so.
> In fact, before I drank from those tanks, I would do both, but again I
> am a biologist......
> *From:* Paul Esterle <pesterle@...>
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> *Sent:* Friday, September 20, 2013 1:14 PM
> *Subject:* Re: CYOA - RE: Cleaning Water Tanks [1 Attachment]
> Roto molded plastic....
> Capt'n Pauley (Paul Esterle)
> Freelance Boating Writer
> On 9/19/2013 7:00 PM, petemalone@...
> <mailto:petemalone@...> wrote:
> > Not specifically a steam cleaner, but I am curious and would like to
> > ask a question, if you don't mind.
> > I am wondering what material they are made from?
> > ~ pete
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org
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> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> > Okay, I got the two center line water tanks out of my 10.7. They had
> > been disconnected and unused since before I bought the boat.
> > Unfortunately, they both have several gallons of about the nastiest
> > water in them you have ever seen. I trying to find someone at the head
> > of the bay to steam clean them. Anybody know of anyone?
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