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Old 10-25-2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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Quick question re. top-offs

For top-offs, I'm going to wash out a pop bottle or two with tapwater, and let them dry naturally. Will this be ok?

I'm then going to store the RO water in these bottles until I need it for top-offs. I assume it doesn't matter about the temperature of the top-off water with me only topping off a little bit (it'll be cold in the bottle of course)?

And, how long do you think the RO water will keep in the bottles (standard used coke bottle etc.) before I should replace it with new?

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Old 10-25-2004, 09:12 PM   #2
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I would think it would last a pretty long time. As long as the lid is on tight.
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:36 AM   #3
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You got really small tanks? Just wondering since you're using maybe a 20oz pop bottle. I use new gasoline receptacles since I like to pickup 10 gallons (in 2 recptacles) from the LFS when I go to pick up RO/RI water for mixing and topping off needs.
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I've only had my tank running for a week but I've been doing the same thing with 2-liter bottles. I fill them all up once a week and I use about 1/day for topoff.
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Oh yeah .

I forgot soda bottles get real big. Scratch the 20 oz. comment I made above.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:29 AM   #6
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You could always buy a 2 or 5 ltr bottle of water, drink the contents & use that? as long as its airtight, each time you open it you'll let contaminents in.

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I use 1 gallon RO water containers from the grocery and fill them with my RO/DI. Of course my top-off is about 2 gallons a day.

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Shelton: is it ok cold, and how long do you think it'll keep?

I'll do what you suggest, and get a 2ltr bottle of volvic or something. I guess when I've drunk the water, if I let it dry naturally it'll be ok to put the RO straight in there?
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Yeap, some people use bottled water in their tanks, but some do contain stuff you don't want in there!

Atm I don't have an RO unit so I buy my water from Steve, I get 50ltrs (10gal) at a time in 2 x 5 gal containers, takes me about 14 days to use that roughly as its about 2 water changes & the topups in between, seems just fine kept in my shed at all times, been cold enough down there in the past weeks

I think the key is an air tight container as its air bourne contaminents which cause the RO water to go off.....

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How do you tell if the RO has gone off? :P
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