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IBC tote water storage question

Postby dr_prepper101 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:21 pm

Found IBC tote that had biodegradable glue in it. Can it be used for water storage and if so, how can I best wash it out to make it ready for water storage? The gentlmen that is selling it washes them and has begun using them for aquaponics. He has'n't started it yet. However, not sure if it can be entirely cleaned out for human water storage and consumption. Let me know water your take is on this. Thx in advance.
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Re: IBC tote water storage question

Postby Bluedogfan » Sat May 12, 2012 1:24 pm

I bought 4 new ibc totes for $75 each. If you must get the used ones I would clean them out with a pressure sprayer that has a short wand. Use regular dish soap and clean them out very good. I use mine for collecting rain water (see my posts on water collection) and will filter the water with a Berkey water filter.
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Re: IBC tote water storage question

Postby missjaney » Tue May 22, 2012 2:48 am

Any interest in an East Side Gun Shop tote bag?
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Re: IBC tote water storage question

Postby ka3pva » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:06 am

Hi Everyone,
Does anyone know what to do about winter storage of water in IBC totes and freezing temperatures. I thought that the black plastic wrap around the tote would help but is there any other method to prevent or minimize freezing. I am in pennsylvania.

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Re: IBC tote water storage question

Postby Pedro wyoming » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:41 am

Black plastic will warm the water only slightly in the daytime and has virtually no insulation value. Unless the totes are kept warm, they will freeze. The first thing that freezes is the valve, faster if it has metal parts in it. The contents will drip out until this freezes. At an air temp of about 20F, the totes will be damaged in less than two days. You might try a 100w immersion heater for a fish tank.

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Re: IBC tote water storage question

Postby ka3pva » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:36 am

Thanks for your reply......100 watt fish tank heater might work.....wonder if a solar panel like they use for a security light might work for power....
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