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In the right scenario, how safe is chlorinated pool water to drink or prepare foods? Any special precautions necessary? Anyone have first hand experience? Thanks.

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Depends on what you put in the water. Common brands of water treatment for swimming pools will cause nausea and vomiting if you swallow more than a few mouthfuls. That's why it's not uncommon for idiot kids to puke in or around the pool.

Just plain chlorine-- depends on how much is in there. Chlorine is naturally a gas. It's always trying to go back to that natural state whether you use liquid or granular. That's why you have to add it again after a while, it gasses off and is gone. If you treat for germs and algae you'd need to wait until chlorine levels are down to potable levels. Unless you have a drinking water filter that will take out chlorine.
 

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Because it is outdoors you should consider it raw water, albeit from a much cleaner source. Unless it was just recently shocked then it needs biological filtration. If it is frequently shocked then you need to deal with excess chlorine compounds.
 
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Depends on what you put in the water. Common brands of water treatment for swimming pools will cause nausea and vomiting if you swallow more than a few mouthfuls. That's why it's not uncommon for idiot kids to puke in or around the pool.

Just plain chlorine-- depends on how much is in there. Chlorine is naturally a gas. It's always trying to go back to that natural state whether you use liquid or granular. That's why you have to add it again after a while, it gasses off and is gone. If you treat for germs and algae you'd need to wait until chlorine levels are down to potable levels. Unless you have a drinking water filter that will take out chlorine.
Couldn't you cook the chlorine out?
Which is a funny way of saying:
Doesn't heat drive it out?
 

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I use liquid chlorine. If the testable levels show low, is it safe then? Thanks for the replies, I will look into a filter that handles chlorine.

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What? That link I posted? It's junior high chemistry at most.
Its not that I dont understand it, the solutions provided dont solve my scenario. Well, I guess a couple of them do. Thanks for the insight.

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I don't know if heat makes the chlorine dispel quicker. I don't know how much chlorine is considered potable. That's research everyone is going to need to do, since I won't. I don't have a swimming pool. If I get one then I'll do the math. Test strips would be a good suggestion to own. Absolutely, in a situation where nobody is looking after the water supply, I would depend on my own purification. Good filter plus boiling does it for me. If the only available wild water is yucky, then several filtrations, boiling and some chlorine too. I do live in an area where water availability could become the number one problem.
 
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