Cold water storage tanks are part of the key factors in risk areas in Legionella Management and their remedial work is fundamental to ongoing controls. Rain water harvesting systems should be drained and cleaned and disinfected at least once every two years due to rain water carrying bacteria and silt and sediment. Whether you have a plastic, concrete, steel or streamline water tankā€¦ Smart Touch Cleaning will clean your water storage tank with high pressure cleaning equipment without using any harmful chemicals that could potentially contaminate your water supply. Or you can simply call Mohammed on 050 913 9563 or 055 897 7547 to arrange for your rain and water tanks to be professionally cleaned so your water supply is safer for you and your family. CLICK HERE to Visit Our Blog– for a Wealth of JoJo water tank & Rainharvesting info! All water tanks should be examined for the accumulation of sludge every 2-3 years, or if sediment is evident in the water flow. Cleaning agents that might release hazardous fumes or adversely affect water quality after cleaning should not be used. If a drain plug is provided at the base of the water tank, water can be run to waste to discharge the sludge.
After cleaning it is recommended that the internal walls and floor of the water tank be rinsed with clean water. Once the water tank is empty, the remaining sludge can be scooped up and removed through the access opening.
In the case of a steel water tank, removal of the protective layer on the inside walls will lead to tank corrosion.
It’s quite important for every household to have clean drinking water stored in their house. Emergency Water storage is a topic that most survivalists are pretty familiar with; unfortunately few of them actually have a long-term water plan. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to start storing water is to wash and refill your old plastic water bottles when you’ve finished with them. Storing water is great, but should the day come when you run through your supplies you’re going to need a way to find and filter water.
Berkey Water Filter – The Berkey Water Purification System is a popular filter in the survivalist community.
Sorry, I strongly disagree with the statement that pool water has less chlorinating compounds than city tap water.
Any more opinions or comments about iodine are welcome but in a discussion about water purification I felt it was necessary to say.
I just have a few comments; I would be careful in re-using containers such as 2 ltr soda bottle or water bottle. This solution should not only allow you to store large amounts of water, but is should also allow you to capture and filter water from multiple sources. These bottles are designed to hold water, so they can be reliably used to start your stockpile. It’s always a good idea to know where you can obtain water during an emergency situation. Jump on Google Earth and try to find any large bodies of water that are within walking, and then driving distance of your home.
While it will not remove chemicals, boiling water is probably the most effective way of killing viruses and pathogens. Your pool, if kept within the ranges suggested is normally cleaner and more pure than your tap water.
There are various emergency situations and happenings around that could cause the water supply to be undrinkable, unavailable, or otherwise compromised. You should do commonsensical things like cleaning the container to keep mold and bacteria from spreading to your water supply. There are a number of quality water filters on the market, but there are a couple that you might want to consider first. Most tap water taken from major cities will hold in an air tight container nearly indefinitely due to the amounts of clorine and other chemicals they put into it. We took water from almost any source we could find, including rivers, lakes, incredibly small streams and the like, with no filtration what so ever. When it comes to food preparation, personal hygiene, and cleanup of eating utensils, you’ll also require half a gallon of water.
Not only will this disinfect EVERYTHING, if you add 8 drops per gallon of water it will work exactly like the purification tablets and kill all the little nasties that make you sick. 50-60ml) lasted about 15 or so days for 8 people filling two 1000ml water bottles every couple of hours. All the above can lead to conditions suitable for bacterial growth and this applies not just to Legionella but a whole host of other organisms making tank cleaning a crucial part of water hygiene. Quartec are able to offer a fully comprehensive water storage tank cleaning service to comply with all the requirements as set out in ACOP L8 and BS6700. As part of our water tank cleaning service is arranging water cartage to your premises if necessary.
Outlet taps are generally near the bottom of water tanks and as sludge accumulates the likelihood of material being re-suspended and being removed with rainwater increases.


Discarded water should be diverted away from the water tank foundations, buildings and other structures.
In this instance the tank should be drained, cleaned and chlorinated on an annual basis, the tank should meet Bylaw 30 and WRAS regulation as well as a bacteriological sample taken every 6 months.
Care should be taken not to disturb the protective film on the inside surface of steel tanks and higher quality plastic water tanks.
Half a gallon a day per person is the minimum requirement for drinking purposes, the water you get from food like fruits and vegetable notwithstanding.
Anyone who is prepping for a long-term survival situation needs to have a good emergency water storage solution.
Most commercial water bottles can be reused at least one time; beyond that you may have to worry about leeching from the plastic. Good Quality Pots – Another thing you should consider is a good quality stainless steel pot for boiling water. The problem with filling those big blue containers with water you intend to drink is you can’t see inside them. Plastic will leach more chemicals into water faster at higher temperatures if the plastic contains anything harmful. You can use some brand of chlorine bleach from the grocery store to do treat water, but not the type of chlorine used in swimming pools.
These barrels are usually blue, (this is done as a safety thing that lets you know water is stored inside) and are made with heavy duty food grade plastic materials. When you add to this the black side of the bottle helping to raise the temp of the water you get a nearly free process of water purification. With perfect specific gravity, nothing will remain in the water; as water is the only compound with that specific gravity. Stockpiled dehydrated food and other preserved goods also require water in order to be eaten.
The WaterBob holds up to 100 gallons of water, is made with heavy duty food grade plastic, and will keep your water fresh and clean during a disaster. This little filter can handle over 13,000 gallons of water, and will filter all microorganisms larger than 0.2 microns. There are a number of chemicals in pool water that I wouldn’t want to put into my body. So like others are saying, you might be safe to treat or at least filter the water before drinking. PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are also not recommended for water storage since the bottles themselves tend to degrade and contaminate it after a period of time. I live in the desert southwest and we don’t generally have basements here so our garage is the obvious place to store the water. Quartec have numerous years of experience disinfecting everything from domestic cold water tanks right way through to large underground rainwater harvesting tanks.
Sludge may also be pumped from the water tank with minimum loss of water by using a suitable motor operated pump and attachments. We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. The sludge plus the lower portion of water in the water tank can then be released to waste.
If your water should be treated first before you can drink it, then treat it at the point of using it instead of before storage. The storage containers that you choose to work with is really up to you, and will probably depend how much room you can dedicate to your water storage needs. I advise against using ordinary milk jugs, as they don’t last as long as other bottles and are almost impossible to completely clean. A brita filter will work in a pinch to remove sediment and such however because it is not fine enough for bacteria or viruses it would be a good idea to also pick up a package of the water purification tablets for use after using the brita filter. You could use a Seychelle Water Bottle filter to filter a 100 gallons to 99.9999% for real safe water for your kids to drink.
Regardless of your water source, or how you may have stored it, the very last thing you need to do before raising that water bottle to your lips is to make sure you have just run that water through a water PURIFICATION unit, such as a Berky or a Kaytadyn. This is particularly important during emergencies, when your water lines have been cut and you can’t get water from your tap any longer because of natural disasters or imminent manmade threats (like riots and even war). Considering the importance of water, it always surprises that so many survival minded people don’t take the topic more seriously. These tanks are popular in rural areas of the country that don’t have access to public water utilities, but can be used pretty much anywhere that rain water runoff can be collected.
A pool is an open body of water and is no way a safe or clean as a closed water system in a community. This is more than enough reason to get proper water storage or storing water from your tap, but to improperly store them in drums could be hazardous to your health since stagnant water can serve as a breeding ground for insects and bacteria. I discovered numerous ways that people were using with significant success to purify their water with almost no supplies. Long term water storage, meanwhile, involves getting the right storage units that will last a long time when it comes to storing your consumable, drinkable water for the long haul.


Remember, if it is warm, algea and every other bug grows in warm water, so chemical balance is critical.
Professional tank cleaners (generally listed in telephone directories) may also be available to de-sludge water tanks. This is in fact only the case if water is stored for drinking purposes (this requirement in fact comes from the DWI (drinking water inspectorate). When selecting areas to store your water, try to pick cool dark areas that do not receive direct sunlight. 55 Gallon Water barrels are a pretty common option for survivalists, and they should be pretty easy to find at almost any outdoor sporting goods store. I once read a comment that really made sense to me and that was to take a protractor and with a map of your area draw a 5 mile circle around your place, then map out each body of water where you can get water from, a lake, pond, golf course pond etc.
This may seem a bit off topic for this thread but I am wondering if there is a simple way to treat pee so that you could water your plants with it so you wouldn’t have to use your fresh water supply to keep your fresh vegies watered. If you can afford to install a roof catchment system, this is an excellent option for long-term survival retreats, and it can go a long way to solving a lot of your water problems.
I would just like to mention that often the supply of water entering the treatment facility is ten times worse than anything you will see in a swimming pool.
Five gallons of water can be disinfected by just one teaspoon of bleach, but not more than that or else you’ll be having problems aside from infection. If power outages were to occur, depending on your locality, your water flow might be affected or have trouble working properly since treatment plants for them also require electricity. Organic material removed from the water tank may be disposed of in the garden by spreading and digging into garden beds.
Our water tank draining and cleaning service ensures that you pump safe and healthier water to your taps from cleaner water in your water tank. While these types of containers may be too big for some, they offer the added benefit of being able to catch rain water by hooking them up to your rooftop gutter systems. You can then use your empties to purify new sources of water in a similar fashion that is used in 3rd world countries.
I washed these out with a bleach solution to get rid of the pickle remnants and want to use these for water and food storage containers. Heck, it’s even good for those who just want to add a little bit of water to their supplies at the last minute.
I had to do a college research paper on preventing illness in 3rd world countries and the biggest preventable killer of children is diahrea (causing dehydration) associated with waterborne bacteria and viruses. You should use Plastics #1, #2, and #4 or polyethylene-based plastics in order to hold water because they’re believed to be some of the safest water containers in the world. Where cleaning necessitates entering the water tank, care should be taken to ensure adequate ventilation is provided and an additional person is in attendance. To do this, use an inverted funnel in the end of a hose and move it carefully across the bottom of the tank.
The Water BOB – We came across the WaterBob a couple of years ago and thought it was a great emergency option for people who live in apartments.
If you will be using house fixtures, like outdoor spigots, buy a hose rated for drinking water. Iodine is very helpful in situations where mass water storage is not really an option or your group is on the move and able to find new water sources.
In turn, 55 gallons of water can be treated and dealt with using three tablespoons of bleach. It is important to check the structural condition of the water tank before choosing a method of cleaning.
Knowing where to find water during an emergency – Make sure you check out our article on urban water sources. Remember, you don’t have to purify water that you will using to water plants, wash clothes or flush toilets.
When you buy bottled water it has an expiration date, NOT for the water but for the container. The water itself should be treated so that it doesn’t come with dangerous germs that will only spread the longer you store it.
There are also a number of pools that are treated with salt which would be like drinking sea water. The easiest of course was letting the water sit out in a clear plastic container in the sun. I would suggest storing water in a BPA free container and adding plain chlorine bleach (5 drops per gal.



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