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Old 02-27-2012, 09:30 AM   #15
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@reiner girl, Most people drink from the city supply, but we plan on doing a good deal of boondocking, and need as much portable water as we can get! Does anyone have grey water recycling systems in their RV? That'd be pretty cool!
... potable water for us ... carried independent of the AS tank supply ...
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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How many???

Bottle their own water.

We also never use the FW tank for consumption. But do bleach clean often during the season.

We sterilize our own containers and bring filtered water from home.

Dislike the landfill concerns with all those gallon jugs.

Plus.. good joe is just too important to jeprodize with funky water.

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Old 02-27-2012, 10:05 AM   #17
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We do not drink from the AS tank either. We carry three AquaPak's which we fill up from our home reverse osmosis system. In the AS I've removed the microwave and I put one of the aquapak's in the opening with the spout sticking out. Not pretty, but very convenient. Someday I'll improve the looks. While driving, the aquapak comes down.
We're 2 people and when boondocking we seem to first fill up the gray water, followed closely by emptying the fresh, and we still have a good amount of drinking water left.
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I think most tanks are made out of white "opaque" HDPE, this typically doesn't contain BPA.. unlike the liner metal food cans or clear plastic polycarbonate bottles ( nalgene water bottles ). I think PEX is HDPE as well..

Even stainless put a small amount of contaminates in water .. it contains Chromium... so take care with the quality of stainless materials used to make tanks...
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #19
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If you're shopping for potable water tanks, insist on tanks made of "food grade" materials, as certified by National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard 61. If the tank has the NSF/ANSI 61 stamp on it, you will know that it will not leach any harmful chemicals into your drinking water.

As a caution, though, NSF/ANSI 61 does NOT tell you whether the material supports microbial growth or reacts with chemicals that are already in the water, only that the tank material itself is safe to be in contact with drinking water.

By the way, NSF/ANSI 61 applies not only to tanks, but also other plumbing fittings, pipe joint sealants, etc, every fitting or piece of equipment from the inlet to the faucet. Every component of your potable water system should be NSF/ANSI 61 certified.

I had to research this for my job, when we were installing new potable water wells at some of our field installations.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:57 PM   #20
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Awesome info! Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:47 AM   #21
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Yes most fresh water tanks are made of HDPE which is probably the olded food grade plastic there is. I remember stuff being made out of it in the 60's. I think Tupperware is HDPE.

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I think most tanks are made out of white "opaque" HDPE, this typically doesn't contain BPA.. unlike the liner metal food cans or clear plastic polycarbonate bottles ( nalgene water bottles ). I think PEX is HDPE as well..

Even stainless put a small amount of contaminates in water .. it contains Chromium... so take care with the quality of stainless materials used to make tanks...
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I drink from my Airstream's 24 year old fresh water tank any time I boondock which has been quite a few times. I was really paranoid about it at first but then I slowly got over it. It tastes good to me, it's filtered through a carbon filter and is probably just as safe as many of the other things we put in our bodies every day. I imagine its safer than a lot of them. To each there own but once I quit thinking about it so much and just started drinking it it never bothered me again
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water bladders are a consideration...we drink and cook from our FW tank, and have since we owned it...now, having said that, I'm someone who winterizes with cheap vodka...
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We also drink and use water for cooking from the fresh water tank...the water that goes in is filtered (unless we fill at home) and we add a bit of bleach solution when we fill elsewhere, just to keep everything fresh. We have never had a problem, and don't expect to as long we watch what goes in and take reasonable precautions.
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