how long can water sit and still be potable?


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Old 04-17-11, 10:52 PM
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how long can water sit and still be potable?

We have a place in the mountains. During the "summer" months, we go there maybe two or three times per season---a week or so.

During this time, it's not winterized. All we do is simply switch off the water, and the water heater. This leaves some in the water supply in house. Water heater, water supply in closet, and pipes full of it. The water is deep well (600')

If we were last there in March, and will go back in May, how potable will the water be?

Is it one of those deals where we have to drain everything out, and start over? Or, just turn the pump and water heater back on and start using it?
 
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Old 04-17-11, 11:03 PM
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It would probably be a good idea to run the water and flush the lines. Drain the HWH and refill and run the water so the pump kicks on a coulpe of times. Water sitting in pipes promotes bacteria growth. You are not chloronated.

Do you drink the water? Has it been tested? Should be good at that depth and cold water but sitting in warm pipes could do anything.




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Old 04-19-11, 07:02 AM
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Good to know stuff. Thanks for your info.
 
 

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