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Old 09-27-2014, 12:57 AM   #51
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On the west coast I find fungal growth in damp environments with poor air circulation in damp water containers, around damp windows, etc, and so I sanitize the water system each spring. I am also nervous about some campsite's water quality or me contaminating the trailer water system with a dirty hose, etc. I refer to CDC's recommendations as to how much bleach to use to sanitize a container.

http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/..._Flyer_508.pdf
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:21 AM   #52
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If you use city tap water, it will most likely have a chlorine compound in it, which will help keep algae and other things from growing in it. If you're on a well, you don't have this advantage.

I'm on a well, and do a bleach rince once or twice a year.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:36 AM   #53
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That chlorinated city water thought is a good one, Doug. Other than a couple fillups away from home, it has been almost entirely our dirty water in the tank, and being close to the mountains, our water is highly rated. I drink from the tap all the time.

Do you also have to treat the lines in your house once in a while with that same water going through them? That is something that never gets done around here (though could be in rural areas).
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #54
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We're on a well too. Isn't a problem in the home system as I understand as it is constantly filled whereas the trailer lines when drained are moist with no movement of water while stored
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:02 PM   #55
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Yup, what thoer said...

Occasionally you hear of an exception, where somebody has gotten an ecoli outbreak in their well, and they treat the whole well with a chlorine shock. But that's the exception.

Plus, I trust the water in my well a whole lot more than I trust some campground water...
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #56
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The Center for Disease Control site provides info on decontamination if a water system fails or cannot be maintained, not in use, water system freezes, storm, poor water quality like large amounts of particulate, etc. Decontamination of a container such as a water tank requires higher concentrations of chlorine than what city water contains; treating water for drinking is different than decontamination. I think decontamination for a RV should also include the water hose. City water not only is chlorinated but also filtered, chlorine kills most things but not parasites like giardia and cryptosporidium which require filtration.
Giardia and Cryptosporidium in Drinking Water
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:09 PM   #57
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:15 PM   #58
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Hi-Jacked post ALERT !!!
Why did you hijack it anyway?
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Now we're into home systems, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, ecoli outbreak and well water. Maybe that's not hi-jacked. If I'm wrong...sorry.
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