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    WTK - How can I purify pool water for drinking/cooking....

    I have a pool at my house. I was wondering, what methods could I use to take water from my pool and make it safe to drink and cook with? It would be somewhat of a good water reserve if there were an easy way to use it in time of need?
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    Boil the Heck out of it.

    Or filter it thru a Berkley

    You did not pee in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyb View Post
    Boil the Heck out of it.

    Or filter it thru a Berkley

    You did not pee in it?
    LOL......well I might not be able to say that no one has ever peed in it.......lol
    I had read somewhere a while back that boiling would not remove any chemicals that may be in the pool water.
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    What Scotty said. Evaporate the chlorine out of it.
    You'll probably lose a good amount of water in the process, but hey, if it's all there is. And there was something I read about taking a super hot shower and the trace chlorine being evap'd off and toxic to breathe.

    I'm no Heisenberg though, anyone a chemist?

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    "Depending on its levels of content, the evaporation time for chlorine from tap water can be estimated: 2 ppm of Chlorine will take up to 4 and a half days or around 110 hours to evaporate from 10 gallons of standing water. Ultraviolet light, circulation, and aeration will speed up the process dramatically."
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    I searched "chlorine evaporation rate from water."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
    I searched "chlorine evaporation rate from water."
    Okay, that seems viable in getting rid of the chlorine. However, what about the other chemicals in the pool. Like algaecide, clarifier, and rust/scale solution and such?
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    some pools use bromine instead of chlorine.
    chlorinated water is safe to drink albeit not very tasty.

    you can evaporate under partial cover. water will tend to condense onto the cover while chlorine gas will be able to escape

    reverse osmosis filter will get rid of 99 % of all contaminates, mechanical and biological. you can then boil for 20 minutes of rolling boil to make it 100%
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    Thing about RO is it requires water via a pump or head pressure
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyb View Post
    Thing about RO is it requires water via a pump or head pressure
    there are survival type RO purifiers with hand pump feature that won't brake the bank.
    https://www.amazon.com/Katadyn-Trans...39989117&psc=1
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Survivor-...&wl13=&veh=sem
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    I have thought about this myself. I came to the conclusion that no one has ever gotten sick in the pool
    from drinking the water. Kids all day long back in the day, and the next day and so on.

    My filter is sand and I use chlorine tabs. Ph is balanced with Muriatic, very little, very seldom.

    Myself, I would say drink up in an extreme emergency, but boiling would come into play in a short time.
    Kids, people in general are pretty tough and our systems can handle most anything for a short time.

    FYI: I once tested the Ph balanced, chlorinated pool water against a tap water sample, pool water won hands down, solids and all.

    One time the power was out for several days, pool for bathing, cases of bottled water for all else except my dog, he still drank the pool water..lol
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    Boil and filter it and I wouldn't worry too much.

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    You might be better of just hanging a tarp and collecting condensation or rain water. Use the pool water for bathing and flushing the toilets in the house.
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    Interesting particle on the subject ....

    https://vosvado.com/drinking-swimming-pool-water/

    the readers digest condensed version of this is ....

    So in summary: using pool water for anything other than flushing toilets and washing clothes/bodies should only be considered as a last resort.
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    The only thing really specifically mentioned in that article is cyanuric acid, which really isn't anywhere near as toxic as that author claims.

    If you are in a situation where pool water is all you have left, you've got way worse things that will happen than cyanuric acid poisoning. Just boil the water and you'll be fine.
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    Another article, he goes more in depth on the pool chemicals, filtering the water and distilling to purify.


    https://www.superprepper.com/drinking-pool-water/
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