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Old 06-09-2015, 12:01 PM   #11
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Consider taking a water sample to a lab. One that does your blood work should be able to do it. Or maybe a pool supply store that also tests pool water.

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Old 06-09-2015, 12:10 PM   #12
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I worked for the Forest Service in charge of their water systems. We used well or spring water for all of our campgrounds. The regulations require us to chlorinate potable water. Standard drinking water has a residual of about 2 parts per million at your tap. Just draining and refilling probably would have been fine. People have been drinking untreated water for years with no ill effects, but chlorine guarantees good water. Chlorine takes time to work, and it doesn't work well when the water is not clear. You probably could have backwashed your filter and run some chlorinated water through it. To calm your wife, have her read the EPA guidelines. They recommend 6 drops of bleach per gallon. For my 40 gallon tank, that would be about 1/2 ounce. Water Error 404 Page | Water | US EPA merprep/emergencydisinfection.cfm
Remember that not all bleach is the same strength, and it loses strength over time.

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Old 06-09-2015, 12:17 PM   #13
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I worked for a public water utility for 33 years the last 15 years of which was as an inspector. I know from experience how difficult it is to kill all of the organisms in a water supply. A portable tank in an RV is an ideal incubator for these organisms. I suggest contacting the park and to ask why the water was labeled non potable. It could be that the water hadn't been tested or had high mineral content, such as arsenic, which would be easily flushed out.

I don't drink the water from my tank either.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #14
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A single treatment probably was fine, a dual and ultra concentrated will take care of it. Make sure you hit the hose, connections and any regulators too. After that I wouldn't even give it a second thought.

I have made a few water mistakes myself, couple that with living in 3rd world countries for 3 years while drinking the water I am fine, but I have been told that I have an iron gut........ Dont be too hard on yourself, mistakes happen, this was an easy one.
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What's guardia?
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:31 PM   #16
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I only use the on-board water tank for flushing the toilet...not cooking, washing, drinking, or anything else except flushing. And then only when I have to.
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:20 PM   #17
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With everything you did,,,,I'd drink out of your faucet. It wouldn't hurt to run the RV down the road for a couple miles making sure the entire interior got splashed and cleaned.
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Old 06-09-2015, 01:36 PM   #18
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What's guardia?
It is a parasite.

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I have to chuckle to myself when I read posts about not drinking from their fresh water tank even though it has been sanitized. These folks never would have made it as backpackers or tent campers.

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I have to chuckle to myself when I read posts about not drinking from their fresh water tank even though it has been sanitized. These folks never would have made it as backpackers or tent campers.
Yep Bob, I agree!

I do not usually drink our tank (or shore) water not because it is not safe, but because it may have a taste (from the chemicals that make it safe ) that I do not like.

I use our tank/shore water to brush my teeth, shower and so forth. I am enough of a coffee snob, however, to use only the finest spring water bought at Sam's club on sale

Back in the camping/backpacking days, a 'sanistraw' and a clear running creek was all you needed

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