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Old 07-03-2013, 8:29 AM
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Default Appliances as water sources

I recently pulled out my old portable air conditioner as I'm only ever in one room of the house. One of the things I forgot about using it was how much water the thing creates. In about 4-5 hours of use, it can make a couple of pints of water which has to be removed from the machine. Same with a dehumidifier.

Anyone know if the water out of these appliances is safe to drink?
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Old 07-03-2013, 8:54 AM
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Doing some research, the water from appliances is not potable. However, you can buy an atmospheric water generator that will create potable water out of the air. Some are even solar powered. This appeals to me more than storing large amounts of water in bulky space-consuming containers.
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Something to consider is that in a situation where the water stops flowing from the faucet is that one may not have electric power to run the appliances.

Some other appliances or fixtures not to overlook as a source of water are toilets, the tank rather than the bowl preferably, and water heaters.
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Check out the water Bob too. It allows you to store water in your bathtub. The only issue I have with it is I may not have a lot of Advanced warning to fill it. Its still a cool gadget though
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WaterBobs are great. In the event of an earthquake you may have a ruptured line so getting water in it post-event may be problematic. But since many buildings are gravity fed, you may be g2g.

As for water out of appliances, I would always boil first. Especially the hot water heater as all kinds of fun things like to grow in warm water.
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As for water out of appliances, I would always boil first. Especially the hot water heater as all kinds of fun things like to grow in warm water.
Always irks me, then makes me laugh. Reminds me of Gallagher.
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Just take some money out of the ATM machine and go buy a new hot water heater
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Always irks me, then makes me laugh. Reminds me of Gallagher.
HAHA, took me a second to realize what you meant.

I guess 'PIN number' and 'ATM machine' gets you too?
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Always irks me, then makes me laugh. Reminds me of Gallagher.
I had a Red Fox tape when I was a kid around 1980 and that was one of his skits, Gallagher must have got it from him.
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lots of water in your pipes. I would be leary of water from the water heater. Lots of settlements. Then again they say you can drink the water from your toilet tank. No thanks!
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Any water pulled from a A/C is considered gray water and can be full of real nasty bacteria. I would say no unless you boil and purify, same for the water heater. Sediment could be filtered out if push came to shove.
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If you flush your water heater once a year you should have less concerns about sediment build up. It will also make your heater more efficient as it doesn't have to heat up the sediment and the water to provide you with hot water.

Adding a whole house filtration system will also help keep sediment from building up in your house also. As a bonus it will provide you with safe drinking water should your source become contaminated.
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