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Old 04-01-2024, 09:41 AM   #1
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Re purposing Herbicide tanks

I have access to several heavy duty rectangular plastic tanks that were used for Herbicides such as Paraquat, etc. from a farming operation-- and they are FREE!.

I think that if I use something like clothes washing detergent, and wash them out two or three times they should be clean enough to use. Maybe let them sit for a few days full of soapy water? These are 35 gallon tanks -- so I think they could potentially be used for fresh, gray, and black.

Has anyone else done this?

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Old 04-01-2024, 09:50 AM   #2
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Gray and black, no problem.

I would not use them for drinking water or fresh water, no matter how you clean them. I wouldn't trust the chemicals to not leech into the plastic. Call me a tinfoil hat wearer, but too many pesticides/herbicides like deet and roundup were deemed safe at one time, and then found out to be otherwise.

For gray/black tanks, a quick rinse before use would be good enough as far as I'm concerned.
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the pesticide industry recommends used containers are rinsed and destroyed. poke a hole in it an toss it in the trash, the hole keeps the next trash picker from using it unsafely.
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Old 04-01-2024, 12:46 PM   #4
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This was a really poor April Fools joke!
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This was a really poor April Fools joke!
$hit, it is today isn't it. You got me........
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funny as the joke was..... people here would do that then argue with you
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$hit, it is today isn't it. You got me........
This could turn into a really shi$$y toxic $hit dump.

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If I had read this anywhere else I would have known it was an April fools joke. But some of the things I'v seen here it looked true to form.
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I have access to several heavy duty rectangular plastic tanks that were used for Herbicides such as Paraquat, etc. from a farming operation-- and they are FREE!.

I think that if I use something like clothes washing detergent, and wash them out two or three times they should be clean enough to use. Maybe let them sit for a few days full of soapy water? These are 35 gallon tanks -- so I think they could potentially be used for fresh, gray, and black.

Has anyone else done this?
No freshwater for me. Yes to gray water black water tank.
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I've purposefully tested this. I bought a chemical tote 8 years ago, and stored water in it fully for that long. I then took a sample of the water, and it looked very clean but was poisoned.

Do not do it for fresh water.
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Plastic is porous!

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I have access to several heavy duty rectangular plastic tanks that were used for Herbicides such as Paraquat, etc. from a farming operation-- and they are FREE!.

I think that if I use something like clothes washing detergent, and wash them out two or three times they should be clean enough to use. Maybe let them sit for a few days full of soapy water? These are 35 gallon tanks -- so I think they could potentially be used for fresh, gray, and black.

Has anyone else done this?
While those tanks may be wonderful as gray water tanks or black water tanks, never reuse plastic tanks that have contained chemicals known to be toxic to human beings, as potable water tanks.
Plastic is porous. You can wash and wash and wash, and you may not remove all the toxic chemicals from the plastic. Which, will leech into the water that is stored in the tanks. It's not going to hurt your gray water or your black water. But unless you're comfortable and drinking paraquat, you should never use it to store drinking water.
If you are just looking to save money, consider a rubberized bladder. You can get them on Amazon. We currently have two 100 gallon rubberized bladders that we purchased for less than $150.
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Paraquat. Paraquat!!

I prolly have smoked some. As they say. “Nobody ever bought any but lots of people smoked it”.

For you non boomers here, the US government sprayed the marajuana fields in Mex with Paraquat in the 1970s. It did the job and killed everything in sight. What did the Mex growers do? They bagged it up and sent it to us!

Of course your local supplier looked surprised when you asked if the shite was Paraquat. Oh, no, no, no. 😅😂

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Just to reiterate-- this was an Aprils Fools joke-- but my choice of Herbicide-- Paraquat came from a true story from maybe 25 years ago. There were some folks making BBQ grills out of discarded 35 gallon steel drums, and my father had purchased one. We were cooking on it one holiday, and I got to looking at the label -- still attached to the drum--not burned off yet-- and it was Paraquat.

The grill was now the newly christened "ParaCooker"...

We kept using it....
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