Dehumidifier water safe to drink?

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  1. jashoffa

    jashoffa G&G Newbie

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    I have been thinking about using my dehumidifier water to store some emergancy water supplies. It would seem to me that this water would be in a relively pure form and perhaps better than tap water for long term storage. I thought I would clean and then sanitize milk jugs with a bleach solution and use them to store the dehumidifier water with a very small amount of bleach added to each gallon.

    What do you guys think?
  2. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

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    Drinking water

    jashoffa: Sir; it isn't safe to drink: Source and answers below:) Don't Drink:)

    Google Answers: safe alternate source for drinking water

    ubject: Re: safe alternate source for drinking water
    Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 30 Jul 2003 14:12 PDT

    An authoritative source, the Dehumidifier Corporation of America, says
    the condensate from a dehumidifier is not suitable for drinking:

    "Q: IS WATER FROM A DEHUMIDIFIER CONSIDERED GRAY WATER OR IS IT SAFE
    TO DRINK?

    A: WE CONTACTED THE DEHUMIDIFIER CORPORATION OF AMERICA FOR YOUR
    ANSWER. IT SAYS DEHUMIDIFIER WATER IS CONSIDERED GRAY WATER, WHICH IS
    ANY WATER BESIDES SEWAGE SO IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR DRINKING. BUT THE
    DCA SAYS THERE ARE NO CHEMICALS IN THE WATER SO IT IS CAN BE USED TO
    WATER PLANTS, INCLUDING PLANTS THAT PRODUCE FOOD."

    NBC4.com: Ask Liz
    Baby Carrots, Utz Potato Chips Labels, Dehumidifier Water: 11/5/02 - Answers to Ask Liz 2002 News Story - WRC | Washington

    This comes from a manufacturer of dehumidifiers:

    "Can I drink the water collected in the tank?
    It is not advisable to drink this water as it can contain dust
    particles. Remove water that has collected in the tank. Accidental
    drinking of the water or using it for other purposes may cause illness
    and/or unforeseen accidents."
  3. nathangdad

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    Also,

    it can contain various molds and allergens dangerous to those of us with
    allergic sensitive systems.
  4. Girlgun

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    ^^^ I have to agree. I can see how, in theory, it would seem that it was the same as distilled, but no, I don't think it is. It is not a contained process, so it is bound to have some pollutants, especially molds and such.
  5. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    I wouldn't drink it without sterilizing it or running it though a really good water filter like you'd use for camping first. I have a dehumidifier in the laundry room in the lower level of the house, and I routinely dump the tank into the washer to speed up the filling when I do the wash, whenever the tank is full and I'm doing laundry. Doesn't hurt the clothes any.
  6. Deersniper

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    Grey water or filtered correctly, it is water and can be treated if necessary. Berkey sport pack filters work good.
  7. jerry

    jerry G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    My 20 yr old kid lived in my camper for a while in the driveway., a whole story itself. Anyway, I ran the dehumidifier into a clean 5 gallon bucket and dropped a little bleach in it, then dumped it in the eater tank of the camper for his showers ( I don't use the system for drinking/potable water). Figured it saved me a little on water. He was already sucking my wallet dry as it was. The bleach should have finished any slight traces of bad stuff. He never complained anyway.
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