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Can water be obtained from a home's hot water tank?

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    Can water be obtained from a home's hot water tank?

    In an emergency can water be obtained from a home's hot water tank?

    If so how do you get water from it? Is there a valve or do you need to puncture it?

    Once obtained do you need to boil it before drinking? I figure you would.

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    Yes...they all have a drain....and no, it would not be absolutely necessary to boil..What do you think the "boiler" does in the first place??!!
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    If you don't mind a little case of Legionaires Disease you can drink the water from the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekozak View Post
    If you don't mind a little case of Legionaires Disease you can drink the water from the tank.
    Wouldn't you think that a showerhead does a better job of exposing you to legionella than drinking it IF it was present in your hot water ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator6 View Post
    Wouldn't you think that a showerhead does a better job of exposing you to legionella than drinking it IF it was present in your hot water ?
    I think it can grow in a slowly cooling tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekozak View Post
    I think it can grow in a slowly cooling tank.
    It would have to go anaerobic before the bacteria would have a chance, and in a closed system, that would not be likely anytime soon.

    A few drops of bleach would be an appropriate prophylaxis against any bacteria or virus in ANY water after the fall.

    The bigger danger would be cholera from streams, rivers, and standing water due to decomposing bodies....both human and animal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevekozak View Post
    I think it can grow in a slowly cooling tank.
    True, if the bacteria is present. The bacteria likes warm water. You would need to aspirate the bacteria while drinking it in order to get legionella.

    The showerhead is using some of the water from your water heater if you mix hot and cold. So if its present in the tank then you're probably already being exposed.

    So if you've been showering in it, I don't see a big risk of legionella by drinking it.

    Boiling it would kill any legionella.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SittingElf View Post
    It would have to go anaerobic before the bacteria would have a chance, and in a closed system, that would not be likely anytime soon.

    A few drops of bleach would be an appropriate prophylaxis against any bacteria or virus in ANY water after the fall.

    The bigger danger would be cholera from streams, rivers, and standing water due to decomposing bodies....both human and animal.
    Legionella can grow like wild fire in a closed system if the conditions are right.

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