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Old 05-05-2017, 12:26 PM   #1
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Is sanitizing water tank really necessary?

Someone at a campground told me they never "sanitize" their water tank and said putting chlorene (I think that's what you're supposed to use?) in water tank is just a bad idea no matter how much you flush it.
Does anyone else agree with this? Or is it really a bad idea not to because of mold & bacteria??
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Old 05-05-2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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I personally would not use my water tank unless it was sanitized. You don't know what could be growing in the lines or the tank. When you sanitize the tank you are also sanitizing all the water lines in the camper.
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Bad idea not to. Unless you like water that tastes bad and could get you sick.

Besides most city water has chlorine added to it anyway so there is no getting away from it. Your house water probably does unless you are on your own well.

And yes bleach (chlorine) is used to sanitize.
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:00 PM   #4
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It's a bad idea NOT to. I usually sanitize it once a year.
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:01 PM   #5
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You need to sanitize your fresh water tank and lines at least once a year with chlorine bleach.
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:26 PM   #6
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X4 on sanitizing the fresh water system every year.

Personally, we don't drink or cook with the water from the FW tank, so I include 3tbs of chlorine with every refill to keep it sanitary for washing dishes and us!

None of the parts in the water system will be negatively impacted by the harsher 1/4 cup bleach to 15 gallons of water sanitizing solution.
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If you never drink the water or use it to touch my dishes, I might not sanitize. But do drink the water! I cook with it and wash dishes too. I realy do not want to be sick, so I clean the tank and water lines.

Some people use a food grade chemical that brewers use to sanitize the brew equipment. They say it's better than clorine bleach.
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Personally, we don't drink or cook with the water from the FW tank, so I include 3tbs of chlorine with every refill to keep it sanitary for washing dishes and us!
This is the way we do it as well, only I add 1 cup of bleach every time we fill the tanks because our Eagle holds 90 gallons of water. So it gets "sanitized" every time out when we use the tanks.
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Old 05-05-2017, 01:55 PM   #9
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Take a microbiology class, peek into the microscope and you'll be sanitizing your water system.

Chlorine (bleach) is an effective way to do so.
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Make sure you use *fresh* bleach.

The sanitizing properties of bleach have a shorter shelf life than most probably realize.

I took a few home brewing courses a couple years ago and the importance of using new bleach for sanitizing was stressed multiple times.

There are products that sanitize better, some are 'no rinse' most have longer shelf lives.. Clorox works fine though.

I have a few 55 gallon drums of long term water storage and use Calcium Hypochlorite to sanitize that supply. I use the 'no-rinse' home brewer sanitizing options for my camper though. If it works for Molson Coors, I'm running with that option.
This is what I use in the camper...
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