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issinoho
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Hi all has anyone got a good way to clean the water tanks as there is always a film on a cup of tea it really puts me off,we generally buy bottled water and that is fine but it proves expensive in the long run, hoping someone has any ideas

iris and ralph

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I use Milton fluid twice a year,keeps the whole system sweet!
I buy one of the big bottles,wait till the tank's empty,pour the whole bottle in the tank, fill up as normal and leave for a couple of hours, then run all taps until empty again,then repeat to rinse out,hey presto,one clean system!

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try using a water filter jug for drinking water, much cheaper than the bottled stuff and really good clear water with no residue or chemical nasties.  Smile

calver also do a in-line carbon filter for drinking water, with replaceable filters, i have used one of these before, and find the water quality better than it is at home.

not quite the same i know, but we used to flush our caravan water tanks out with milton soloution, same as used to sterilize baby bottles, rinse through well afterwards, and repeat every three months.   boat-power

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Kleen Tabs or Hydrogen peroxide solution will certainly kill off any nasties at the beginning of the season, however if you have an Aquafilter or similar on line keep an old filter to use during the process or else you will end up with grains of deactivated carbon in your water and a non effective filter. The same during the Milton Treatmeant. Smile

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Thanks for the info I will certainly try the milton,we have installed a water filter but we still got the film on a cuppa so hopefully the milton will work thankyou again

iris and ralph

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Much of Broadland water (suprisingly) is very hard a Brita filter will sort this out whilst most water systems filters will not Smile

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Hi Iris & Ralph!

Glad you asked this question 'cos I can't stand that film on my cuppa either! It definately puts me off! We are lucky here at home as the Yorkshire tap water is really good and where we are we don't get limescale at all, but when I visit friends/family in other parts of the country I cant stand that either!. Fussy or what...?

Will try out the tips mentioned for when we are on the boat, thanks everyone.

Karen

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Hi Karen & Mike we are from teeside and the water here is superb the cuppa is delish

iris and ralph

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Too be honest I see too many water hoses, lying around on the ground, or left draping in the rivers that I always use bottled water. If you can get a Makro or Costco card, then buying a tray of 24 bottles often works out very cheap. I tend to put Aquatabs in the water tank to purify it for washing and showering purposes.

Keith

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You're right there-Teeside water and Yorks water is great for teamaking, I've a lot of family in the area so I can speak from experience! (I am the only one of a Geordie originated bunch unfortunate enough to be born in Surrey)
Personally, I haven't sterilized my tanks for a while now but we never drink any of the stored water aboard, it's only ever used for washing up, showers etc. We always fill a large water bottle from the tap at our mooring which is only ever used for drinking or boiling spuds or whatever. As Karen has said though, there is often still a film on tea from the  local tapwater and we also suffer this where we live now in East Hertfordshire. I reckon it's just down to the hard water in East Anglia. Just lately, the evident film has been worse than usual but the more times the kettle is boiled, the less it becomes. In our long past days as hirers, I always drank the filtered water on board and always suffered a yucky tummy for 1 day each holiday. Since we've used the tapwater routine..no probs at all so although it's a bit inconvenient there are no "side effects"
I am going to sterilise the tanks soon though..but we still don't plan on drinking it!

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Jim

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