Old IBC - Safe?

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Old IBC - Safe?
« on: September 26, 2023, 19:10 »
This is my first post, I have just got a plot and it comes with a IBC water tank that the previous owner has left there, the owner went AWOL so I'm guessing that it's been sat there a good while.
It's full of water and I wouldn't like it to go to waste but is it safe to use? I don't like the idea of watering my veggies with contaminated water, legionnaires disease or other.
There are some water butts there too that I see have lot of squiggly lavae  swimming around in them.
What do I do?
Thank you for your help.



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Re: Old IBC - Safe?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2023, 19:24 »
I'm not sure of the answer, but just wanted to say welcome to the site a nd congrats on your new lotty!
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Re: Old IBC - Safe?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2023, 20:04 »
Hello there Courgette1 and welcome. 
The lot of squiggly lavae you have could be mosquito lavae.  The easyest way to 'remove' them is place a few drops of washing up liquid on the surface, this will break down the surface tension and they will decend to the bottom.

Cheers,  Tony.
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Re: Old IBC - Safe?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2023, 16:48 »
Hello and welcome. Mozzy larvae in the barrels is probably an indicator that water's safe to use on plants, no chemicals etc. You could scoop some up with a container, drop them in the IBC and see if they survive. Also have a good sniff in the IBC.


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