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Old 08-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #41
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Have any of you installed a separate water tank to supply fresh water to flush a sea water toilet? Do you add any "deodorizing" or other products to the tank...if so, what? Can you provide a photograph of the installation that includes the plumbing?

Have any of you cobbled up a "one off" reservoir (NOT the Raritan Crown Head reservoir or Flush Water Kit) installed in the flush water supply line on a sea water toilet that you fill with some type of deodorizing or mineral dissolving product ? If so, can you provide a list of the materials you used, your "instructions" for use, and the chemical used...and a photograph?

If you've installed either, or can send me to someone who has, I will be very grateful!

I have a very specific need for examples of ONLY these two types of installations...so please do NOT try to educate me about toilets designed to use pressurized fresh water, the dangers of connecting sea water toilets to fresh water plumbing (or how it can allegedly sometimes be done safely), chemical recommendations, or try to make a case for composters....nor ANY opinions.

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Hi Peggy,
I don't think what I have would be what you want but I have a separate fresh water tank that supplies a Thetford fresh water toilet which I bought on your recommendation and it's great. Do you need this in photos?

Either way, I do have a question. What can I add to my toilet fresh water supply tank to give a pleasant odor and color to the water going into the toilet? My supply tank is about 30 gallons.

I hope you don't REALLY retire as has been discussed on the forums. You have been a wonderful source of information for the boating community.

Best regards
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:03 AM   #42
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I use sea water for flushing toilets and have a clean smell when flushed. I added small strainers just after the thru hull. About twice a month I put 3 tablets of Bromine in the strainer. Been operating this way for several years now.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:54 AM   #43
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I use sea water for flushing toilets and have a clean smell when flushed. I added small strainers just after the thru hull. About twice a month I put 3 tablets of Bromine in the strainer. Been operating this way for several years now.
It's a fresh water system, with a dedicated fresh water tank to supply the toilet. I'm looking for a safe product I can put in the fresh water supply tank much like you put in your home toilet tank at home.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:31 AM   #44
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It's a fresh water system, with a dedicated fresh water tank to supply the toilet. I'm looking for a safe product I can put in the fresh water supply tank much like you put in your home toilet tank at home.
The short answer to your question is, there is no product you can add to the tank that will provide perfumed colored water to the toilet. And don't even think of hanging anything the bowl either. If your flush water gets funky, it means it's sitting in the tank too long, not getting changed often enough. 30 gallons is a LOT of flush water...10-12 gallons is enough to keep the water moving through the system.

Toilets designed by the mfr to use pressurized flush water can be safely connected to the boat's potable water system, so it's not necessary to install a separate flush water tank. You'd have also needed a water pump for it 'cuz they only use pressurized flush water. So installing a separate flush water system for a toilet DESIGNED to use fresh water was a whole lot of unnecessary extra expense.

If it's actually a sea water toilet (unlikely if I recommended it), if your flush water tank is connected in any way to the main water system--if you didn't install it as a completely separate system including a separate fill--your potable water is still exposed to contamination from the toilet.

So if you're trying to cure funky flush water, the RIGHT solution would be to remove the flush water tank and install the toilet as it was designed to be installed....or a much smaller tank, if the toilet is actually a sea water tank.

Btw, NEVER use household chemical bowl products in a marine system...they're highly destructive to rubber and also hoses, many are also corrosive. Also never use any cleaning products that contain bleach or chlorine (I'm sure you already knew that), pine oil cleaners, or Lysol etc unless you want to change hoses and rebuild the toilet every couple of years. Use them with care, even at home, because most contain chemicals that can be lethal when combined with other products..the following can be a real eye opener:

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