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Old 06-08-2015, 08:41 PM   #1
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Cool Non-potable water in fresh water tank

Newbies can be so dumb. I know cuz I am one!

I accidentally ran some non-potable water into my fresh water tank (not well marked spigot at a state park). So, the wife who is a former nurse and took way to many microbiology classes is questioning the best cleanup method.
Here is what I have done.

1) drained tank and low point drains
2) removed and discarded water filter
3) ran a tank of water through
3) sanitized system like in the spring but with a double dose of bleach including hot water tank and all faucets.
4) sanitized again with regular dose of bleach including hot water tank and all faucets.


Am I good?

Short of running boiling water which I am sure would not have a good ending, is there anything else anyone would recommend?

Oh and this one goes on the list of "never doing that again!!!"
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:44 PM   #2
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I would say you should be good unless there were some very bad chemicals in the water you accidentally added.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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You will be fine. Chances are the water, though non-potable, wasn't all that bad to begin with.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:19 PM   #4
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Most water spigots marked non-potable water are from shallow wells not "certified" for consumption. Although the water is probably OK, it just may not be. I'd leave it alone except for flushing.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:34 PM   #5
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X3 or is it 4 now? Your more than fine. You didn't say how long you let your bleach solution rest in your tank and water lines though. The double dose wasn't necessary, but it does need a good 4 hours or better to do it's job or you'll still send everyone to the ER.


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4 hours or more is good for a yearly thing, but like they said.. the water was probably fine to begin with but even then any microbials wouldn't have had enough time to be established so the double fill and flush with bleach is more than sufficient.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replies.

I let it stand about 24 hours for the first flush (till after work on Monday). The second is in there now and will be for another 24 hours. Then I need to run a whole lot of water through it. May try some of that freshener/deodorizer I have seen.
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:49 AM   #7
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Did you run bleach threw the supply hose and regulator also? Youroo!!
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:41 PM   #8
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I would say you're more than good.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:41 PM   #9
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non-potable water

I never drink water from my internal fresh water storage tank.
This is just my personal preference. We sanitize, like anyone else, but only use it for washing, flushing, and doing dishes. Dishes get one teapot full of boiling water to final rinse.
I don't drink from the tap at home either.
I obtain drinking water in either 16 oz bottles by the case or in 1 gallon bottles, in 6 packs.
We fill our tank at elk camp from a spring, and use sanitizer (which is merely bleach), but still don't drink it.
Just a personal preference, but we also have NEVER had gastrointestinal issues due to water. Chili maybe, but not the water.
Neither boiling or bleach will kill guardia, by the way, however, the issue in shallow wells or non-potable water is E coli, anyway, and that is handled quite well with bleach and/or boiling.
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You'll be just fine.
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