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Old 06-11-2024, 04:55 PM   #1
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Need a hose splitter ... how to tell if potable?

I want to use a hose splitter (the Y-shaped thing) where I connect the water hose to the city-water faucet.

But ... how can I tell if the hose splitter is OK for drinking water?

The ones I see are marketed for use in the backyard, to run two lawn sprinklers at the same time.

Anyone have a hose splitter that they know is good for Airstream use?
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:11 PM   #2
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I use a brass one. Not cheap, but decent quality, and I'm not worried about it putting something unwanted into my fresh water tank.
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:14 PM   #3
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I can't image the short distance water travels through a splitter would impart a significant amount of anything harmful. Just make sure you water hoses are good for potable water.
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:29 PM   #4
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If you want to be sure you can order this one from Blutech that is rated as drinking water safe. A bit pricey for my taste (pun intended) especially since I already have one. But does seem like a cool option if I was looking.
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Old 06-11-2024, 07:08 PM   #5
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OK so, at first i found you this one which specifies drinking water safe https://www.eleyhosereels.com/produc...-hose-splitter

but.... since im curious, i did a little research and found

The NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification signals that a product is safe to be installed in a potable water system for public use or consumption and is verified by a 3rd party.

Sooooo, anything certified NSF/ANSI 61 should be drinking water safe

https://www.etrailer.com/Water-Shut-.../CAM20123.html

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-12-2024, 08:35 AM   #6
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If you want to be sure you can order this one from Blutech that is rated as drinking water safe. A bit pricey for my taste (pun intended) especially since I already have one. But does seem like a cool option if I was looking.
Thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 06-12-2024, 08:36 AM   #7
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OK so, at first i found you this one which specifies drinking water safe https://www.eleyhosereels.com/produc...-hose-splitter

but.... since im curious, i did a little research and found

The NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification signals that a product is safe to be installed in a potable water system for public use or consumption and is verified by a 3rd party.

Sooooo, anything certified NSF/ANSI 61 should be drinking water safe

https://www.etrailer.com/Water-Shut-.../CAM20123.html

Hope this helps!
Very helpful! Many thanks.
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Old 06-12-2024, 09:14 AM   #8
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Hi

Ok, so what's the "big deal" here?

You do not want to kill folks putting water in your tank. However for a lot of years, nobody really cared much about hoses and "safe". Nobody seemed to die.

If you are simply filling the fresh water tank (so nothing is sitting there for long), it's not at all clear how big a deal any of this is. The contact time is zero. Just flush things before and after use. Away you go.

If you are letting the water sit in the hose for a long while, sure, it's an issue. Hooking up to city water and letting things sit for a couple weeks is a good example of this. Regardless of the hose rating, I'd flush the beast in that situation when I got back to the trailer.

The most obvious risk is a brass alloy that has some lead in it. Compared to lead pipes you don't have much there.

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Old 06-12-2024, 09:48 AM   #9
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SO.... We all use these things to daisy chain at Rallies

Some are brass and some are plastic. None of them come with an ANSI certification.
We usually buy them at an RV dealer. Same stuff as the lawn hose splitters

You are over thinking this!
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However for a lot of years, nobody really cared much about hoses and "safe". Nobody seemed to die.
Where did you live where "nobody seemed to die" and what was your secret to eternal life?
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Old 06-12-2024, 12:41 PM   #11
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Hose splitters are available at just about any hardware outlet, Lowes,Home Depot,etc.
Lowes has pages of choices.https://www.lowes.com/search?searchT...se%20splitters
I stick too metal (not lead).

The most important aspect is the throat size. Especially if you are daisy chaining. There is a different flow rate between 1/2" and 5/8" hose.
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Plastic (not painted), Brass or Stainless is fine. You have a filter, right?
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Old 06-13-2024, 06:00 AM   #13
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Where did you live where "nobody seemed to die" and what was your secret to eternal life?
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Ok, to be more specific, nobody seemed to be killed by drinking from those hoses .....

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Old 06-13-2024, 07:59 AM   #14
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I use this splitter, but not because of drinking water. I got it because I wanted something that I could attach to the hose barb and use a little leverage so there's no leaks. Then my pressure regulator attaches to that using a quick release.

It's top of the line as far as build quality, the valves are leak free, and work smoothly.
There's so many parts in my hose system it's like a science project. But then, I don't drink tank water.
Growing up we all drank from rubber hoses. Still kicking.
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Old 06-16-2024, 09:27 AM   #15
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Ha ha ha

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OK so, at first i found you this one which specifies drinking water safe https://www.eleyhosereels.com/produc...-hose-splitter

but.... since im curious, i did a little research and found

The NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification signals that a product is safe to be installed in a potable water system for public use or consumption and is verified by a 3rd party.

Sooooo, anything certified NSF/ANSI 61 should be drinking water safe

https://www.etrailer.com/Water-Shut-.../CAM20123.html

Hope this helps!
If you use it ONLY on potable water, it should be good,,,, ON THE OTHER GAND!
40+ years ago, when us kids played out side and became thirsty, ďgarden hose!Ē What happened to water the last number of years?????

I have a $1 2.97 splitter on the house, and another for the AS. Just donít run contaminated material through it! Creek water, sewage etc!
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Old 06-16-2024, 10:03 AM   #16
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I'd worry more about the parts I can't see in the water delivery than in the "Y" splitter I put on the hose barb.
I realize that pure water has been filtered through sand, rocks, limestone, creeks and rain. The amount of water on Earth is constant. Your drinking water has been drunk before, perhaps by an African elephant!.
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Ok, to be more specific, nobody seemed to be killed by drinking from those hoses .....

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Uncle Bob,
I got your point without any fact checking. Whew, Iím in my latter 70ís, and when I think of the things we did growing up, I wonder how fortunate I am to still be around. I canít recall ever seeing an ďorganicĒ sign in the produce section of the local A&P or at the corner grocery store for that fact.
In the summer, while playing outside, we would all run to the garden hose and take a long slurp.
Ah,as the saying goes, penny wise and pound foolish.
Always like your commments and input Bob.
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I was starting to wonder if I was the only person on this forum that grew up drinking from a garden hose. Some day they will miss us Baby Boomers.
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Old 06-16-2024, 03:30 PM   #19
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There were a few years where if you wanted a Y splitter for free, simply follow me in the same campsite. It was the only item I seemed to occasionally leave behind. Fortunately for me, my process has improved.
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My Word! Really? If you are going to fill your tank from the garden hose it really isn't going to matter if you have a plastic splitter, a metal one or even a stainless steal one with some phony certificate of "safety" stuck to it. If you are a germaphobe , is it really going to matter? I am 72, I drank directly from a garden hose when I was a kid and I am still alive to tell the story.
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