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Old 10-19-2011, 05:40 PM
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thinking about getting a 2500 gallon water storage tank My question is how much bleach would it take to stabilize that many gallons
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8 drops per gallon of clear water, 16 drops per gallon of cloudy or suspect water. 96 drops per teaspoon. 6 teaspoons or 2 tablespoons per ounce. Pretty easy to do the math from there.

But remember that bleach has a short shelf life and isn't ideal for long term storage. Calcium hypochlorite (pool shock) is a dry chlorine compound that stores much longer. You can find a bunch of threads full of good information on it here with a quick search.
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My personal opinion, treating that much water is a waste of time. There is no need in treating water that is going into a toilet, or used for cooking.

Treat water that is to be used for personal hygiene and drinking.
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i like ozone as a disinfectant, this what most bottled water mfg. use. Nothing survives this.
20 sec half life..

i have used this in food proicessing plants

Amazon has one about 70 bucks.. well worth it.
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While you can treat it, I think it better if you just rotate it regularly. Preferably by use.
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thinking about getting a 2500 gallon water storage tank My question is how much bleach would it take to stabilize that many gallons
What would you be using the 2500 gallons for ?
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We have a large tank to collect runoff from the roof. As has been said, its better as graywater, to be cleaned up a little at a time as needed. Probably better off storing potable water separately. My general experience is that anything that can hold 2500 gallons won't stay clean (enough to drink) for long unless you go expensive, but then you're putting all your eggs in one basket.
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Australian farmers have been living off tank water for years.

Generally have around 5-10 thousand gallons of storage, catching off colorbond (metal) roofes, drinking it untreated.

They are all still alive.

I lived off tank water water for about 10 years, and i'm still in once piece, and only a little bit crazy :P

If your really paranoid just run the drinking water through a filter. Certainly no need to steralize what you use to wash with I dont think. (assuming your putting fresh rainwater in there to begin with and its not sitting stagnant)
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What would you be using the 2500 gallons for ?
Perhaps your thinking 2500 gallons is a huge amount of water?

I know many regular people look at my 5000lt tank (1250 gallons) thinking it is a huge amount of water, enough to last for years?

In fact the average American household uses 350 gallons of water PER DAY.

At that rate his 2500 gallon storage would last the average household about 1 week.
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What would you be using the 2500 gallons for ?
At the deer lease I am a member of, we have a water tower, and the water is used for hand washing, flushing the toilet and cooking.

We have a faucet and a sink that we use to wash up after skinning a deer

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In good times average person is figured at 100 gpd. In bad times we can get by with a lot less so 2500 gallons would last much longer IMHO. Lot less showering laundry letting water run for brushing teeth etc. You learn to conserve.
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What would you be using the 2500 gallons for ?
I have 1,600 myself and feel that it's a fraction of what I want to store. Water is something you can never have too much of. Nor too many sources of.
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If he decides to use calcium hypochlorite, I was in Sam's Club the other day and they had 96% in a box, probably 25 lbs or so for about $55. That is much stronger than the stuff I have been buying at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Leslie's. That would treat all the water you would ever drink, if I am correct in my calculations. BTW, this is a seasonal thing, carried for swimming pools, it may be gone now. Need to check it out in a urry.
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just clean your gutters regularly & you won't have a problem. Some ppl put a filter at the side of there sink to filter their tank H2O for drinking & cooking but its not necessary unless you are storing H2O from an unground bore or river in your tank. Ive had tank H2O for 40yrs & never had a problem
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In good times average person is figured at 100 gpd. In bad times we can get by with a lot less so 2500 gallons would last much longer IMHO. Lot less showering laundry letting water run for brushing teeth etc. You learn to conserve.
I'm not disagreeing with you, but i'm going to add another 2c.

it should not be "how long 2500 gallons will last" it should be "how much do i need to store between rains.

if your 2500 gallon water supply replenished every rain, in my ao, off a 100 square meter roof, you would catch enough water to keep about 20 people alive, and about 3 people alive reasonably comfortably.

Additionally, water used for showing etc can be caught using greywater recycling and put onto the garden.

A garden can consume more water than the average person will ever store in tanks in a warmer climate.

For reference our dam we used to water our garden holds about 800,000 gallons of water, and it gets down to about 1/2 full each year before filling back up over the winter (of course some of that loss is to seepage and evaporation).

The reason I am rambling on about this so much is that too often (on these forums) I see people with a 55 gallon rain barrel thinking they are now right for a family of 4 for drinking water, pet water, washing, cooking and watering the garden... :S

As MikeK said "Water is something you can never have too much of. Nor too many sources of. " (obviously those that are in areas that flood will think otherwise )
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i have a 2000 gal tank for the home, I haul water 350 gal at a time in agriculture tanks. 5 of us would adverage 1500 every two weeks. very comfortably but we could cut that in half if we wanted too. My water is filtered and thats all, I dont treat it and pretty sure it wont go bad if its stored clean very quickly. Occassionally I'll get water from town, it's slightly Cl'd but i think that evoperates out pretty quick. if you just filtered your drinking water you would be fine.
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If you are getting yr H2O from a river get it tested for Giardia, Google it. Its a bug in waterways that causes diarrhea & it comes from ppl who go to the toliet near rivers. 10 drops Bleach to a Gal H2O kills Giardia so does boiling water 5 mins. Always check yr H2O upstream for dead animals first.
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you guys are more up on this than I am, but if you had seen the stuff that was in our last waterbed, and that was public water, you would want to treat it.
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Perhaps your thinking 2500 gallons is a huge amount of water?

I know many regular people look at my 5000lt tank (1250 gallons) thinking it is a huge amount of water, enough to last for years?

In fact the average American household uses 350 gallons of water PER DAY.

At that rate his 2500 gallon storage would last the average household about 1 week.
How are you getting 350 gallons PER DAY?????
A few bathroom trips, washing my hands, a bath, brush my teeth with the water off and just a small cup to spit.
That's not even close to what I use daily.

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Keep in mind I'm running solo so I don't need nearly as much water/supplies as everyone else.
Under the stairs I have a hidden storage space that holds two 30 gallon FDA approved water drums, I've added a stabilizer that keeps it good for 5 years.


I have a small rainwater collection system that I can camlock into my gutter for "gray" water. If I remember right it's 150 gallons, I plan to build a wood fence extension around it in fall to help hide it.
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