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I have a 60 litre water tank fitted to my car I am starting to get a bad taste in the water I flush it out quite often but the bad taste is always there any ideas would be great
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 at 19:36

Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 at 19:36
Is the plastic taste coming from the hose you are using to fill it?
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:01

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:01
does not matter how I fill the tank the taste is always there
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 at 22:17

Thursday, Apr 06, 2017 at 22:17
As above, don't use an ordinary garden hose to fill the tank. Only use food grade hose.

Are the hoses from the tank opaque plastic or clear. If they are clear then Algae can grow in the pipes and you'll get a bad taste.

You can get rid of minor smells by dissolving around 500 grams Bicarb Soda in water and pouring it into the tank. Then fill the tank and let it stand for a day. Drain and flush.

More drastic action is about 2 cups of White King, Chlorine Bleach, added to the tank then fill it and leave stand for about 2 hours or so. Drain and flush well by filling it a couple of times then drain.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 08:27

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 08:27
For some reason the OP didn't mention if it was a plastic or foul water taste.
Garden hoses were used for years before fancy potable water hoses became readily available, as long as you flush the residual water out of the hose just before you use it you won't get the plastic taste.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:27

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:27
Forgot to mention that if you've got algae in the pipes run the chlorine solution from the tank out through the taps, leave it soak, then repeat, repeat till all the green stuff is gone. Then either replace the clear pipes with Opaque, or get some of that black split tubing and slip it over the clear pipe to block the light as Algae only grows when there is light.
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:29

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:29
Have to agree with Shaker, we have filled our van with a garden hose for the last 15 years, never had a problem, but have flushed hose first.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:43

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:43
Ah well, we all have our different experiences to fall back on. If you get a dose of the old Plastic Hose Water Taint you'll know!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:48

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 09:48
If we do, we'll let you know. Only happened to me once, I was about to fill the boat water tank at the marina, just afternoon I flushed the hose I got a phone call, the hose lay on the walkway in the sun for about 30 minutes & you can guess the rest! As long as you fill pretty much immediately after flushing, you won't get a taste. I have a so called potable water hose & it can give a plastic taste as well.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:03

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:03
I will try the bi carb soda first thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 22:26

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 22:26
Depends on how old the garden hose is. If its at least 10 years old, not been lying in the sun, and the water is well flushed before going into the tank than it should be OK.
As for the drinking water hoses, the brand sold by Bunnings is the worst I've used. Neta and Nylex are brands of drinking water hose that I've had the most success with.
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Reply By: Member - Jim B8 - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 06:40

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 06:40
Milton works well, give that a try?
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:05

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:05
where would you get Milton from?chemist
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:32

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:32
Probably cheaper at IGA, Woolies or Coles. In the baby section.............

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Follow Up By: Notso - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 22:36

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 22:36
Milton is made out of the same chemical as the Chlorine Based White King, Sodium Hypochlorite. White King is probably a lot cheaper.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jim B8 - Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 06:03

Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 06:03
Its an interesting product, a mix of bleach and salt at a tested mix, apparently together at that mix, it kills bacteria very well by breaking down the cell walls. Have a read on Dr Google? The main roll is sanitizing baby goods, dummies, bottles etc. Cheap, and available from most supermarkets baby section. I use it occasionally, not every time, maybe 1 in 10?
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 07:51

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 07:51
You could also use a B.E.S.T filter on the end of your hose when filling up if you don't already use one. There good for 5000L and no need to change filter papers, just back flush.
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Reply By: tazbaz - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 08:31

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 08:31
I've found that white vinegar does the trick
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 12:54

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 12:54
Whitworths Boat Chandlers sell a product called Starbrite tank water conditioner. I've used it for years to keep the water sweet for months on end, never have taste issues.
Once a year I empty the stainless steel tank then dissolve 2 -3 cups of 'Nappysan" (its a type of salts) into the tank then fill up the tank run the solution thru the lines so that it is completely thru the system then leave it overnight.I then flush it thru a few time then refill the tank as normal and all good for another year This removes any growth in the tank and lines. Since starting this regime I have rarely seen algae or noted any bad taste.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:35

Friday, Apr 07, 2017 at 17:35
Whitworths, being ship's chandlers, sell a number of tank cleaning products.

Worth a look at their website.

Got lots of other good gear too!

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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 13:45

Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 13:45
I have read somewhere (can't remember where, I think on a water treatment site), that to remove the bad taste from plastic water tanks, add 2 litres of neat red cordial to the tank, fill tank with water, and let stand overnight. Next day drain & flush tank, using water grade plastic hose to fill. Try "googling" the subject and see where that leads.

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Follow Up By: john m85 - Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 18:58

Saturday, Apr 08, 2017 at 18:58
thanks for the info I will google it
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