will I die, will by offspring be deformed?

Submitted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:37
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I have a container that will fit exactly in the space I have available to supply water to my camper sink.

It has been used for unleaded.

Washed out heaps with hot water and detergent. I can detectl a little residual smell.

Would the plastic have absorbed nasty carcinogenic chemicals? Would the plastic of this gerrycan made for fuel be unsuitable for drinking water?

I don't actually intend drinking the water. It will be used for dishes, washing etc.

Your thoughts?
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:41

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:41
Royce

Yes.

Just go buy a new water container. Cost under $20.



Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:57

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 18:57
Sadly none under OR over $20 have fit the space. They are all too big, or too small. This is measured in gallons. I don't know where I found it.

I'll keep looking.... but for now it suits perfectly.... surely I can wash the dishes with this water?

And.... I've finished having kids... and the ones I've got shouldn't become too deformed.
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Reply By: Ted (Cairns) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:00

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:00
Ever had a good mouthful of petrol (that you hopefully spit out!) when trying to syphon it out of the tank? Not nice but I'm still around...

That being said, for $20 I'd certainly buy a new water container. And for drinking water I'd make sure it's food grade too!
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:25

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:25
Cost $$$ is not the problem....
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Reply By: suepajero - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:50

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 19:50
Hi Royce, Why don't you try good old ebay or similer overseas site i know England are still useing imperial measure worth a try Cheers Sue
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:48

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:48
Ah thanks Sue. Just had a look.
No nothing. The problem is not how much it holds as such, but down to mills as to whether it fits under the sink and allows the tube to fit into is nicely....
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:03

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:03
Whilst aesthetically displeasing, a few parts per billion from this source is nothing compared with the carp we breath/ingest from all other sources.

It won't hurt you.

Just don't sniff it ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:18

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 20:18
Royce,

This has not been tested, its just an idea.

Try washing the container with metho. Put a bit in put the lid on and splash it around for a while. Then let it sit, then splash it around, then let it sit...........get the idea.

The longer you leave the metho in the better. Then wash it out with soap and water.

Like I say it's just an idea but who knows. I don't think it will hurt you if it is only used for dishwashing. I know years ago, when I was a mere boy, a fair bit of petrol went down our kitchen sink. Nothing wrong with me.........long as you don't look too close.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:50

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:50
Good idea. That is actually what I did, I just forgot to mention it! The water tastes fine.. almost no smell. Just wonder whether there any trace elements left that the smallest amount might be horribly deadly.

Meanwhile I have on a few occasions copped a mouthful of fuel when sucking on a pipe to syphon..... so I guess the damage would have been done by now anyway.
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:34

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:34
Royce.
As you are using the water for washing if you place the detergent in the container when you fill it by the time you are ready to use it the petrol will be gone. I use a 5 litre industrial hand wash pump bottle that was "used up" when it is filled with water the water comes out onto your dishes it is soapy enough to wash the dishes and your hands. Eric.
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:51

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 21:51
What an excellent lateral thinking idea.... I like it!
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Follow Up By: Member - Pedro the One (QLD) - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 22:16

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 22:16
AND ..... Royce :

think about all the horrible things passed as food off the same plates/dishes - dodgy vindaloos' - curries - various bolognaise' - the ghastly stuff cooked by my sister one time that was reminiscent of 'toxic waste' - a myriad of substances that left no residials on said plates.

As you wont be eating/drinking the water yourself and the container has only a faint sniff of toxicity - go for it.

Looking/waiting for the ideal will soon become an overpowering obsession ......... but Mr. RightSize will appear !!

And you could always try it out on the neighbours cat/dog/goldfish - there is no way they will drink if there's a whiff of fume !!
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 06:35

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 06:35
Fill it with water and a strong mix of vanilla essence for a few days might take the taste out.

Cheers Pesty
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Reply By: Benbro - Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:10

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 23:10
Perhaps you could line the container with something suitable like a polythene bladder or a wine bladder type of arrangement, or you may be able to spray the inside with a Teflon coating like they use for cookware or maybe fibreglass resin. Must be something on the market that comes in a spray can that is safe

John
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