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Thread: Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

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    Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

    Here's the scenario: Home water supply is cut off due to broken pipe and plumber can't come for a few days.

    Would it be safe to use pool water for drinking/cooking if the water is balanced e.g. CYA=80, FC=9, CC=0.5 or less, and other parameters also balanced.

    If not a yes/no question, what are the other considerations?

    Thanks for your input on this.
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    Re: Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

    No. Not safe. Good for flushing toilets, though.

    The drain on your water heater should provide you with enough drinking/cooking water.
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    Re: Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

    Thanks Richard,

    But I'm wondering why it's not safe, since it's chlorinated. Is the CYA the problem, or what else?
    27,500 gallon in ground gunite/plaster (1995). Attached Spa with fountain, spillway, and 2 lion heads streaming into the pool. Hayward pump and AO Smith UST1152 1.5 hp motor (single speed). Hayward 60 sq ft DE Filter (Model DE-6000). Kreepy Krauly cleaner.

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    Re: Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

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    Re: Perhaps a strange question. Pool water safe to drink?

    Short summary: if pool water is all there is that you could conceivably drink, than it probably isn't that bad. But if you have any other plausible choice use it instead.
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