E-coli is a form of bacteria that is typically harmless and found in the stomachs of healthy people and animals. There are a few forms of Escherichia coli that are highly dangerous that are transmitted when individuals consume contaminated food or water or from one contagious person to another. If you have severe or bloody diarrhea, stomach cramping, and/or nausea and vomiting, you may have been exposed to E-coli. It is important to get in contact with your doctor if you have severe symptoms and could have come in contact with E-coli.
Can You Get E-coli From Water Tanks?
E-Coli is fairly uncommon in the United States with just over 250,000 cases each year. Typically these are caused by contaminated food, but there are also a fair amount of cases caused by contaminated water including water tanks. Water tanks are often an important source of drinking water in more rural areas.
Unfortunately, these areas are typically more susceptible to animal infestations meaning that animals are more likely to get into water sources and tanks, possibly causing E-coli. So the answer to the question of whether you can get E-coli from water tanks is that yes you could, as you could get E-coli from any water source that has been contaminated by animal fecal matter. This is why it is important to regularly check your water tank.
How To Prevent Contamination Of Your Water Tank
There are several steps that you can take to protect your water source. Firstly, ensure that your water tank sits in a spot that is protected from wildlife. Suspend the water source or store it indoors if possible. Second, regularly check for holes and openings into the tank. If you can catch damage to your tank early, there will be less of a chance of an animal or other contaminants getting in.
Another important consideration is stagnant water. While water that sits still may not cause E-coli, stagnant water can cause other diseases such as legionnaires disease. This is why it is important to ensure that your water tank’s mixing system is operational. Another good thing to help prevent contamination is to make sure that the area around your water tank remains clean. Verify that contaminants such as garbage and animal waste do not come into contact with your water tank. Lastly, make sure to purchase a water tank that is high quality and secure.
What To Do If Your Water Tank Has E-coli
If there is a circumstance where you suspect that your water tank has been contaminated or a member of your family seems to have contracted Escherichia coli, luckily there are steps you can take to remove the contaminants from your water. Firstly, a good filtration system cannot be beat when it comes to preventing and removing E-coli from water. Make sure that you get a filter that specifically says it will remove E-coli because some will not. Chlorine can also help remove contaminants from your water.
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