Originally Posted by crazylev
Greetings.At most campgrounds, there is a water hydrant for rinsing holding tanks, etc. There is always a warning to not drink this water. But about 25 feet from that hydrant is another hydrant that you can use as potable water.
Why is the (fresh) that is at the dump station not drinkable, but the water from the hydrant a few feet away OK to consume? Just wondering in case we come accross a facility that has only one or the other.
Before you answer this, I understand that the hose/fitting at the dump hydrant could have come in contact/infected with doody water, therefore rendering it un-safe. But is the water physically coming from another source?
Jonathan, there are two reasons I am aware of. The first is the "doo-doo" issue you are aware of, the second is that the rinse water may be reclaimed water from the sewer plant.
It is suitable for its intended use, but is still loaded with the, um, remnants of the treatment, and obviously can't be ingested.
Enjoy yourself on your adventure, just don't drink the water.