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Old 10-14-2010, 08:22 AM   #11
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DCRC, that seems odd, wouldn't be a practice to make sure the fressh water tank is drained ,via the low point drain or tank drain when winterizing the system?

Your experience has been noted ...thanks, and sorry for the that nasty experience.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:08 PM   #12
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It was from my well. 420ft deep.
thats a deep well! any bacteria or iron?
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #13
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DCRC, that seems odd, wouldn't be a practice to make sure the fressh water tank is drained ,via the low point drain or tank drain when winterizing the system?

Your experience has been noted ...thanks, and sorry for the that nasty experience.
I havn't winterized the trailer since I have owned it. The trailer is stored inside my shop.

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thats a deep well! any bacteria or iron?
Yes, fairly deep considering the elevation here is only about 52'.

Never had the well tested. Had it drilled and started drinking the water after about 5-6 months of use. Water taste great and never had any health problems related to it. Thought about getting it test several times, but never got around to it.

From what I have read, problems can come from storing well water. The shelf life of well water can be a lot shorter than water from a municipal supply, about 6 months. In an emergency situation sites reccomend buying bottle water for storage as oppose to storing well water. Of course if you have a gen set you can just power the well anyway.

I think the problems multiplied when the bottle of water set in my warm truck and in the sunlight.
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Old 10-14-2010, 01:45 PM   #14
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FWIW I sanitize my fresh water system twice a year. when I dewinterize and then in the middle of summer. I keep approx. 10 gals. of water in the tank and I flush that out about 4 times a year.
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Old 10-15-2010, 12:54 PM   #15
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DCRC yup you got it. municipal is treated chemically and usually UV to. but nothing tastes better then the home water!
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:59 AM   #16
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I havn't cleaned or used my fresh water tank since bought the trailer about 2 year ago. There is still water in it. When I got back from a recent trip I was having issues getting 12v from the battery and tried the pump. Well I left the switch on and when I plugged the trailer in it must of pressurized the system. I did come inside and turn the switch off right away. Anyway hooked up fresh water hose and went about my business.

Next day I ask the wife to rinse out a plastic bottle and fill it with water in the trailer. Well the water tasted ok, but had a slight odor so I didn't drink muich of it. Figured she didn't rinse it out very well. I left it sitting in my center console. The next day my 2 year old son wanted some water so I gave him a sip from it as it was all I had in my truck. That night he got sick and threw up and had diarrhea for 2 days. He also had mexican food and I thought since i didn't get sick from drinking it that there was nothing wrong with it except the odor. Know that I look back and think I am an idiot for letting him have any of that water. Should of just stopped and bought a bottle.

Keep in mind I completely forgot about the water with the odor and the plastic bottle was still in my truck. A few more days later were going somewhere and my wife takes a drink from that same bottle of water and said it was terrible.
We had mexican food that night and she got real sick early in the morning. Throwing up and diarrhea. Said it was the worst she ever felt.

So was it really that little bit of water that pressurized the plumbing or what they both ate? Don't plan to drink any to find out. I didn't get sick and I get sick real easy off of bad food. What is the shelf life of water in your holding tank anyway? I did run bleach threw there and flushed it when new.

If you are not going to be using the water from the tank is just best to leave it dry?

Just thought of someting. Better change out my water filter. It could be contaminated.
Looks like the common thing here is the mixican food. only the ones that drank the water and ate mexican food got sick. u had the water and didn't get sick.
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i have a well. there is nothing in the water bacteria wise. to get approval for household use, the health dept had to test it.
problem comes when it comes out of the ground and is exposed the the surrondings and light.
i've seen steam condensate have algie grow along the sides of it.
the chlorine used to treat with will leave shortly after being exposed to sunlight.
it doesn't matter what u leave in the tank wheather from a treated system or a untreated system. they will both develope slime in a few weeks.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:11 AM   #18
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FWIW I would consider adding a UV filter if you are concerned with your water. We have a cistern instead of a well that I haul water once a month for our house and have a 5 micron water filter, UV filter, carbon filter and water softener. I highly recommend at least a UV filter as it kills 99.9% of the micro organisms in drinking water. Cheap no but what is your health worth?
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:27 PM   #19
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I sanatize my system if I don't run any water through it for a few weeks. I also change the filter at least annually.
Or maybe you should lay off the Mexican food???
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one of the local power plants has cooling towers for the boiler water. they have to add chlorine to the water to prevent it from growing cultures that could wipe out life for miles
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