Originally Posted by FR28footer
No way we would use any water source from the trailer to drink. Any idea what kind of plastic or what chemicals leach from the tanks or lines?
Bottled water to drink and to make coffee. Campground water to shower and wash dishes. At least dish washing is hot water.
When you say bottled water I assume you are referring to glass bottles. Water packaged in plastic containers, it seems to me, has the same exposure to chemicals leaching from the plastic as the RV plumbing has.
I am not sure what is used in RVs, but the main water line to my house is schedule 40 PVC plastic pipe. I have been drinking that water since 1986. I am not sure what the water line material was in previous homes.
Many, if not all, homes today have copper pipes in the walls. Before they switched to copper they used galvanized iron. Galvanized iron, I believe, can result in zinc and rust getting into the water. Copper, I believe, is much more stable. These days the solder used for copper water pipes has no lead. I am not sure that was true when they first switched to copper pipes.
I am not too concerned about modern construction materials used in RVs. I find it hard to believe that the materials in the RV I just bought are somehow dangerous compared to the materials used in American homes.
When I go backpacking, I really don't have much of an idea about what is upstream from where I collect the water. I just filter it and drink it. I have never become ill from drinking water from any source or system that I have used.