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Old 07-17-2015, 01:55 PM   #127
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I use a PUR on the kitchen faucet for all drinking and cooking water in the Colorado and Mexico homes as well as the RV.

PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter | PUR.com

The EPA guidelines for tap water are more strict than bottled water, and the bottled water market and trash is not something I care to contribute to.

However not all municipalities, especially very, very small ones do not necessarily know what they are doing when it comes to supplying water. One place was using a boiler water treatment chemical to mitigate for copper solder joints that is not approved for human consumption. This went on for a couple of years until people started getting sick and asking questions. When it was finally traced to the water, the water company changed to an EPA approved treatment protocol.

During this time was when I started using the PUR and my digestion problems went away.
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:29 PM   #128
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After reading this thread, I'm pretty convinced that in the U.S. we are pretty blessed with good water in most parts of the country. I've worked and traveled a lot in other countries though, and for our purposes, I use a pretty simple filter system.

I went to the big box Lowes store, and bought two "whole house" filters, then plumbed them in series, with the first one having a white "sediment" filter, and the second, a carbon filter.

After hooking up, I run a bit of water through the hose to flush out any unwanted stuff, then I run everything though this system, and into the fresh water tank, then for the and that's what we use. There is also the undersink filter, (that is expensive, but good), for the drinking water.

In 30+ years, we've never had a problem in any part of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.

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Old 07-17-2015, 09:55 PM   #129
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Yes, we drink the water, use it for everything.

No problems across the USA in our Chevrolet.

We did install an inline water filter.

The only problem I have with campground (and town) water was not the safety, but the flavor. It varies. We enjoy carbonated water (seltzer) and drink a ton of it, so we travel with a SodaStream. The failings of a water's flavor are masked by the carbonation.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:08 AM   #130
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Municipal water is safe to drink, mostly. I don't trust CG with their own wells. I retired as a DEP Licensed Operator in NJ and can tell tails about the short cuts CG owners are willing to take.
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:23 PM   #131
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Here in NM -- I assume it's similar in other states as well -- RV parks with their own wells are considered to be "public water servers," just like other well-operating businesses, towns, cities, and so forth. All are required to submit a quarterly water sample to the local laboratory, which tests the sample and transmits the result to the environment department. The environment department also pays an unscheduled visit to each and every entity every year or so. If an entity's water sample fails the lab test, or if unsafe conditions are located during a visit, well, all hell breaks loose. The business can even be forced to close down on the spot, or the town even forced to shut off water to residents.


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Municipal water is safe to drink, mostly. I don't trust CG with their own wells. I retired as a DEP Licensed Operator in NJ and can tell tails about the short cuts CG owners are willing to take.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:19 AM   #132
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California and NJ are the two most regulated states as to drinking water. NJ DEP would make an appointment a few days ahead before visiting a CG water system. The contract lab that did the sampling also had a schedule. I had to resign from many small community systems because the owners would not do the maintenance or up grades needed for safe water.
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:29 AM   #133
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Here is my simple solution....
.5 micron filtration and softening all in one simple package.
Less than $300 to build, .33 cents to recharge once a month. $12 per filter change. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-20-2015, 06:26 AM   #134
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I like the water softener idea! What brand odd softener did you buy, and whet did you buy it?
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It's a ... Can't recall the brand.... Something like on the go.
Was $200 at west marine.
I'm very happy with its performance! Water is very soft to about 800 gallons, then a 30 cent can of salt and a half hour wait recharges it.
It is a simple luxury that makes showers nice and leaves everything spot free!
Not a drop goes into the Airstream until it passes through my little water treatment plant!
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:50 AM   #136
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Do you drink the water at RV parks?

Have wanted to do this awhile.

Seen it done where the vacuum breaker is at the hose bibb and a chest holds a WATTS 263A pressure regulator with gauge, sediment & carbon filter, then water softener. Chest can be chained to TT. Several choices on hoses to keep distances short. A few 90-degree brass fittings and caps, as well.

Rv water filter store has most of this. Including custom hose lengths.

Softened water works well for washing TT and TV. Sheet the water during rinse and nearly no wiping needed in order to dry. Thus I'd add a brass wye for a second hose after the chest.
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