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How essential is it to clean the fresh water tank before first use?

andyinluton

andyinluton

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We got our Cali new in 2014, and have never put anything in the tank except clean water, we do drink the tank water and amazingly we are still alive
But if it had killed you, you wouldn’t be on here telling us would you?
 
nickdrums

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Have never cleaned or disinfected mine. I decided at the start not to drink cold water from it, and frankly that makes things easier as I just top it up any time we set off, rather than wondering how long any residual water has been sat there. I have a rigid plastic jerry can in the van which I always empty, rinse and refill before a trip for cold drinks, so van water is just for kettle, cooking, washing up etc. TBH with a solar panel, water is the first thing we run out of, so using an extra tank for drinking water helps with that.
 
mountainman

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Thanks for the advice everyone. We’re camping out on the road in the California tonight. Filled the water tank up but just using it for teeth cleaning and water for the kettle for now. Will stick the detergent in tomorrow. I’d have still been trying to twist that cap off now had it not been for the forum!
Mine is 10 years old now. I soak and flush the tank and pipework out out twice a year with a Milton solution. Have always drank from the tank. As far as I can see, there is no build up of that black bio-film (mould) and all seems clean.
 
Wildcamper

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Mine is 10 years old now. I soak and flush the tank and pipework out out twice a year with a Milton solution. Have always drank from the tank. As far as I can see, there is no build up of that black bio-film (mould) and all seems clean.
If you have never drunk dirty water, even if it looks clean, you will never do it again!!! You will need more than a porta-potty! Oh, and in bad cases it can kill you.
 
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If you have never drunk dirty water, even if it looks clean, you will never do it again!!!
I have often drunk spring water directly without being concerned. Once it's in the tank I always boil it before use. I once drank water direct from a pipe near a stream in Switzerland then later, on a walk alongside the stream found a decomposing sheep immersed about ten metres upstream of the pipe intake.
But if it had killed you, you wouldn’t be on here telling us would you?
There are lots of instances of private wells containing water with contaminants massively above WHO acceptable levels without causing serious illness.
 
Vantastic2

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T5 SE 140
Are you in the Welsh Water area? If you are, you can expect to have enough chlorine in your tap water to kill any bugs that might be lurking in your tank. Tip in a couple of litres and pump half out via the tap, drain out the other half through the dump valve and you're good to go.
Your joking? when they do add chlorine it is a bit of a shock when they do it LOL !
 
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paolino

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.... Uso solo acqua distillata in vasca, non ho mai avuto problemi di alghe o odori strani ..
 

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