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Thursday
Aug122010

How to tell if your water tank is contaminated!

Smoke, sticks, leaves, dead animals and some roof coatings can all contribute to contaminatation of your water tank.

  • If the water tastes or smells unusual, is cloudy or discoloured, or contains particles, you should assume it is contaminated. Do not use it for drinking, food preparation or making ice until the tank has been cleaned and refilled with new rainwater or clean water brought in by a water carter.
  • If there is any doubt, assume the tank water is contaminated.
  • You may choose to have the tank water tested before deciding whether to use it for drinking. A laboratory analyst can test a sample of tank water for chemical, microbiological and algae levels. To find a laboratory that can do this, look under Analysts in the business telephone directory.
  • Water that is not suitable to drink may be used for other purposes such as fire fighting or watering the garden.
  • Do not give contaminated water to animals to drink.

Source: Better Health Channel

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