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35gal plastic tanks

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:27 am
by Gainward
I know I have seen a thread on something similar to this before, but my search is weak and I could not find it.

I have about 15 or so 35gal plastic tanks. They were used to hold laundry detergent and bleach so Im gona guess I can not use them to store drinking water? I was thinking they may be usefull for storing water for purposes other than drinking though, or maybe something else? I have them and I would like to find a use for them.

any ideas?

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:52 am
by crypto
Well, you could always use them for non-potable water, like for washing or flushing toilets.

The concern is that they might leach chemicals back into the water over time and be unhealthy to drink. The containers that held chlorine bleach might be okay, since you'd be putting bleach in them anyway. I'd fill them with water, let them sit a few months, and then do a sniff test on them to see how much chlorine comes back out.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:47 am
by alterego
I say build an awesome raft.

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:02 am
by Apollo-11
alterego wrote:I say build an awesome raft.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about! Build a houseboat!

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:13 pm
by Pondo_Sinatra
Where I work, we go through a lot of chemicals and most of them are in 55 or 35 gallon plastic drums. Given that most of them have held some nasty stuff, I would be worried about using them to store drinking water. I've been thinking about using a few of them to store stuff like kerosene, for example.

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:13 pm
by Apollo-11
farblue wrote:Where I work, we go through a lot of chemicals and most of them are in 55 or 35 gallon plastic drums. Given that most of them have held some nasty stuff, I would be worried about using them to store drinking water. I've been thinking about using a few of them to store stuff like kerosene, for example.
Yeah, the plastic soaks up the chemicals just a little bit. It's not a lot, but it's enough that it should never be used for potable water again. Unless you had some kind of nonpermeable bag that could go inside, kind of like the bag-in-a-box that they use for cola concentrates. But I don't know where you could buy one that big; plus, it'd be tough to get it inside the barrel...

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:27 am
by Gainward
I will prob just fill a couple up with water for purposes other than drinking. At least then i wont have to waste good drinking water.

Posted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:14 am
by ant69
I would definately consider the bleach containers as a potable water source and only use any other containers for other needs. Ant