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er78mph

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Posted: 08/06/18 06:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello and thanks to all in advance!


I just got back from a long trip and noticed a ridiculous amount of empty 1 gallon bottles at the end. I have a filtration system at home but not sure if I want to make the investment with my aging trailer. I found this countertop filter on Amazon and was wondering if anyone is familiar with the product?The link is down below. I figured on installing this product for the short term.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V2JMUHY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_iuoABbD0D4834

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We use a Brita Pitcher to filter drinking water in the TT. Works well.


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We use a Camco inline water filter as the primary filter, filtering all water coming into the FW and also a Brita pitcher for drinking water.


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What's wrong with tap water? Survived a long time on the stuff myself.


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GordonThree wrote:

What's wrong with tap water? Survived a long time on the stuff myself.


Absolutely nothing, unless you are in a third world country. Or Flint, Michigan. Oh, wait, Flint is not unique in this country, merely extreme.

I recall registering at a campground and being told that they were required by the State Department of Health to tell campers that their water system had failed the fecal coliform tests all public water systems were required to conduct frequently. They went on to insist that their water was perfectly safe, "it just didn't suit those State boys, for some reason."

Right!

When I was working on my MSc in water and waste water treatment, one of my professors told of discovering a farm at which the outhouse was about 25 feet from the well. It was a shallow well to boot, and when he mentioned to the farmer that that was a bad idea, he was told to mind his own business, the family had had that set up forever and they were all healthy as a horse.

The professor happened to have a couple 25 lb bags of salt he'd bought to recharge his water softener at home lying in the trunk of his car, so he pulled one of them out and dumped it into the outhouse. Two days later he got an angry phone call from the farmer because his well had suddenly turned salty.

We drink spring water at home, from a trusted (and tested) spring on our property, and we carry bottles of that water for drinking and cooking ever since staying at that campground. Please feel free to drink any water suits you. I'm gonna keep on doing what I do, too.

By the way, do be aware that the drinking water standards in this country are designed ONLY to prevent the outright and immediate poisoning and the immediate formation of plagues of disease. They are NOT designed to insure you have high quality drinking water.





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GordonThree wrote:

What's wrong with tap water? Survived a long time on the stuff myself.


Well just this morning as we were unhooking and leaving a campground in Arkansas a guy walked over and asked if my tap water was an odd color. I told him no, but that we run all our water through a good filter.

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Posted: 08/06/18 08:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wind River wrote:

We use a Brita Pitcher to filter drinking water in the TT. Works well.


Lots of places we camp have "beach" water....thus lots of chlorine, safe yes, but tasty....not so much.
Brita Pitcher for us too. Much easier on the environment and much less expensive than gallons and gallons of plastic water bottles.

....and no system to winterize.


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Arizona has horrible water. We always used tap water until we got out here. Some areas of N Mex and Texas aren't good either. I always check google for water quality for the areas we are at unless we will have city water. Found that some states do not require any type of testing on wells. Only requirements are for city water systems. Yuma has very high salt content - so much so the water is slimy. Most of the rest of the state also has high arsenic amounts and N Mex has uranium and other mining compounds at high levels. Michigan is currently testing all public water systems and finding PFA's in the water systems. I'll bet there's a lot more they don't know than what they do.

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In 2010 when I went to San Angelo, Tx, for my sister's funeral, the local paper had an article about high levels of Radium in the municiple drinking water supplied by wells throughout the area and much of West Texas.

I use water from my fresh water tank only for bathing and washing dishes. I carry bottled water for drinking, cooking and final rinsing of dishes and cooking utensils.

I've been looking into adding a plumbed in charcoal filter under the sink with a countertop dispenser.

* This post was edited 08/06/18 10:39pm by mobeewan *

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Wind River wrote:

We use a Brita Pitcher to filter drinking water in the TT. Works well.


We do the same, bought it during our last year as tent campers and still use it several years later. Also use a Camco pre-filter but that doesn't seem to do a lot for taste, seems more a particulate filter.


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