General News · 8th October 2017
Todays message influenced by the boater couple with 3 gallons of clorox in their basket.
While many local Boaters, RV owners and others go to for cleaning water tanks is common household bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite) there are better choices.
SH is a compounding chlorine. It joins the biology, and creates a carcinogen.
A better safer chemical for cleaning water tanks boats RV etc is Calcium Hypochlorite. This is also known as Pool Shock and is available at Pool stores Canadian tire and more.
Calcium Hypochlorite turns to hypochlorus acid when in contact with water. Hypochlorus acid is also part of our immune system.
Calcium Hypochlorite can also be used in holding tanks. A spoonful of CH in toilet bowl carried to holding tank will dissolve solids and germs alike.
An inexpensive FDA approved water purifier is Sodium Chlorite which is a non compounding chemical. SC uses oxygen and electrical charge to pull electrons, dissembling the molecular structure of contaminant be it heavy metal herb/pesticide, mold fungus bacteria or virus.
SC is the active and main ingredient in the Water Purification drops we got as kids from camping store to purify pond, river, lake water while camping w/o boiling. The product often called Stabilized Oxygen is a 3% Sodium Chlorite solution .
If you have an RV, boat, water or holding tanks the 2 chemicals listed (Calcium Hypochlorite, Sodium Chlorite) are far safer than using the old boaters method of using household bleach to clean water and holding tanks.
The only drawback of using SC as water purifier is that the tanks must be plastic (non metallic) As SC is an oxidant it will react with metal.
Further benefits/details available upon request.
How to respond to people's articles by email
Comment by Eddy on 9th October 2017
Whenever I try to respond to someone's comment and press the 'email' icon at the bottom, I'm redirected to a Microsoft email format I don't and won't use.
Ester once gave me a head's up on how to find the email address when it's not stated in the article. I thought it was a 'right click' on the 'mouse' to reveal it, if so, it's not working for me now. Do 'ad-blockers' have an effect on this?
Any advice is warmly welcomed.
This is the first time I've tried this option listed beside the article I would like to respond to, so have no idea where it might show up. Hopefully, it appears with Ray's comment.
Since, I want to thank you Ray for the valuable information given. Fully appreciate the in-depth explanations given.
Just in case; my email is....praxisite,,,gmail.com
Sterilizing Water Tanks and Long-Term Water Storage
Comment by Barry on 9th October 2017
Ray is correct in reporting that household bleach its a less than ideal method to sterilize your water tanks. Its main advantage is that it is readily available and relatively cheap. However, the increasingly popularity of home pools and hot tubs has resulted in a much better, less dangerous solution.
Sodium Dichlor is a product frequently used to clean spas and pools. This product contains 62% chlorine. One pound of Sodium Dichlor is equal to six gallons of household bleach. One teaspoon of this product will sanitize a 100 gallon tank. When you are initially cleaning a tank use 1-2 teaspoons per 400 liters of water. Let the solution sit for 3 hours. Run the faucets one at a time to ensure the treated water is going through the entire system. Wait 3-5 hours before dumping the system.
If you are planning to store fresh water for an extended period for emergency purposes, you should understand that the unwanted bacteria do not spend their time suspended in the water. They form in biofilms that are relatively resistant to chemical treatment. In this case you will want to use a sliver/copper ion kit especially designed for the storage of emergency water. These treatment kits are very inexpensive and provide protection for several years. It is something to look into if long term storage is your goal.