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Old 11-27-2019, 07:56 PM   #21
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Water comes in thru a KDF impregnated filter. FW Tank and lines are chlorinated every 2 months.
Any water we drink or use for cooking goes thru a Berkey. If we will be boondocking or traveling, we will store some water in a couple of Scepter MWCs
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:04 PM   #22
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Why is it we are worried about water in campgrounds being contaminated? Water is typically from local municipalities water department and is subject to federal and state testing and standards. But, when we go out to eat at a local restaurant, near the same campground, we donít think twice about the drinking the water or contaminated water used in the tea, coffee, we drink, or about the water that is used in food prep, which is water from the same water department?
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:05 PM   #23
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I pretty much stopped filtering most campsite water. Dang filter reduces water pressure in shower. I hate that. In my winter site, I'm at a county park using city water, so I do just like all the zillions of houses..........I hook up and use it.


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Old 11-27-2019, 08:14 PM   #24
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Our water experiences are very similar to 5pickers, as to water in campgrounds. We also always have fresh water with us.
I clean the RV water system about twice a year with bleach and flushing.
We, like 5picker, also run water through the hoses before connecting to the RV, just to inspect it and flush anything in the hoses.
We used to use all types and manner of filters for any incoming water. After several years I grew tired of the expense, the maint, and the general PITA of the filter process. And I grew convinced that filters introduced as many problems as they prevented.
So now we don't use any filters. We use bottled water for cooking, drinking, and coffee. We use the RV/campground water for dish washing, bathing, and tooth brushing, so we do ingest small amounts of it. We now seem to have fewer episodes of stomach problems due to unknown reasons while RVing. Is it related to our water usage routines? Who knows, but I sure enjoy not dealing with the filter processes
Do I trust the water at all campgrounds? No, but I'm not afraid to use it unless it looks or smells odd.
X-2 I think maybe us older folk have been subject to a lot of bacteria growing up so we may be immune to a lot of the stuff out there.
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:24 AM   #25
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I prefer to chlorinate on a regular basis rather than once/twice per year. Whenever I add water to my tank (even from my city water at home) I add 1/2 tsp of Clorox (per their emergency water chlorination instructions on their site) for every 5 gallons added. I use a small meter on the hose that gives me a near perfect measure.

I feel that adding the "chlorine" with every tank fill not only makes sure no "bugs" from a questionable source survive but also insures that nothing grows in my tank from leftover water.

I still use the OE filter, replacing the cartridge once per year, and it removes any sediment or residual chlorine. Have no qualms about drinking from my freshwater tank. It just may be safer than drinking bottled water.

Here I am, charging down the stretch to 80 years old and have yet to contract any "water born" illness. I did attend an "Ice Cream Social one time at a KOA campground and that was a 2-day, 3 rolls of TP experience.

FWIW, never assume a campground has had their water system tested recently, or even in the last 10 years. Consider that many are remote and if they don't have an on-site restaurant/food service facility, chances are nobody bothers to test.

Their well water may well have a lot in common with Jack In The Box hamburgers in years past or Salinas valley Romaine Lettuce today. Especially if there are cattle grazing nearby.

Since I rarely use a full hookup campground this is pretty much moot for me. The ones I do use when stopping to dump and restock are usually getting "City Water"
My experiences are very similar to TitanMike's. At 85+ I've motorhomed every state, most of Canada west to east, up into the Yukon and across to Alaska with no water problems. Strangely enough, like Mike, DW did suffer a severe stomach illness from eating ice cream once. Didn't affect me … different flavor perhaps.

But then, I also have 40 years experience managing my mountain home's water system: pump from a spring up to a 12,000 gallon cistern, gravity feed to the house, chlorinating in the process. Occasionally, I'll send samples to be tested. Again, no problems.
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:33 AM   #26
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Buy yourself a Berkey water system filter. If you do any extended camping you'll never know how smart you are because you'll never get sick from drinking contimnated water and have the worse case of diarrhea you would not wish on anyone. I speak from experience. This way you can grab water from any source even if it is bad. The Berkey will purify it better than any tablets or anything else you might think of.
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:01 AM   #28
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Why is it we are worried about water in campgrounds being contaminated? Water is typically from local municipalities water department and is subject to federal and state testing and standards. But, when we go out to eat at a local restaurant, near the same campground, we donít think twice about the drinking the water or contaminated water used in the tea, coffee, we drink, or about the water that is used in food prep, which is water from the same water department?


And some local restaurants,not near campgrounds, using city water taste pretty bad.

I use the inline filters that take out bacteria, plus the house filter. The FW tank is sanitized once a year, before the start of the season, and unused water changed out for a complete fresh tank every one to two months during camping season. So far, no problems. Yes I drink the campground water. Usually, not camping in remote areas.
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:58 AM   #29
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I use the inline filters that take out bacteria, plus the house filter. The FW tank is sanitized once a year, before the start of the season, and unused water changed
You'll need a filter capable of filtering out particles between 1 and 2 microns to do that. That would really slow down your water flow I would think.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:13 PM   #30
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You'll need a filter capable of filtering out particles between 1 and 2 microns to do that. That would really slow down your water flow I would think.
Some people will install a .5 micron filter under the kitchen sink where most drinking water is drawn. Water going on to the bathroom then just runs through either the factory installed filter or their favorite outside filter.

The .5 micron filter ( ifTested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 or NSF/ANSI Standard 58 for cyst removal) will yield safe drinking water without clorine or UV treatment.

As for flow, clean water won't be significantly restricted through the "fine" filters but once they collect some of the items designed to catch the flow will drop quickly. This is why the fine filters are used as a secondary filter, using a pre-filter or two ahead of it.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:26 PM   #31
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The .5 micron filter ( ifTested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 or NSF/ANSI Standard 58 for cyst removal) will yield safe drinking water without clorine or UV treatment.
This is easy enough to manage and save on energy boondocking. I would use a 20 to 25, then a 5 to .5 micro filter system to ensure safe and clean drinking water with reasonable maintenance.

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Old 11-28-2019, 01:32 PM   #32
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Filtration vs purification

Quote from "off grid camping" It is important to note that water filtration systems do not treat viruses in any way. While these systems may make water appear to be clean, they cannot be relied upon as a sole means to ensure safe drinking water for you or your family.

Purification on the other hand; Similar to water filtration, the process of water purification works to remove impurities from water. However, the impurities focused on in the purification process are those that relate to the overall safety of the water: biological contaminants, viruses, chemicals, and other materials.

A Berkey system is a "purification system". If anyone watches Shawn James on his YouTube site My Self Reliance you'd see he gets his drinking water from a not to clean stream depending on the time of the year. He uses a Berkey purifier to stay alive.

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I know my water is clean as most of it comes in a Miller Lite bottle.......
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I know my water is clean as most of it comes in a Miller Lite bottle.......
Practically all of a Miller Lite bottle contains water...and tastes like water.
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Very true. But it helps moderate the affects of my favorite dark craft beers on my waist line and sobriety level
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Most RV trips end up at home.If your house is on "city" water, just drain the water tank, and fill it with "city" water.

The tank will stay fresh. Drain it , and refill again before your next adventure.

Much of the water city tastes like a swimming pool ,, bad for coffee but great for killing bugs.
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Very true. But it helps moderate the affects of my favorite dark craft beers on my waist line and sobriety level
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I been camping for 10 plus years with no filter. Still alive to type this 😂.
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I had our water tested.

We leave our camper at a campground for 3 months out of the year so I had the water tested by the state and it was not potable. I now filter the water before entering the camper with a filter designed for our greenhouse, then through a small Water Boss water softener, then through a bank of 3 filters with the last one being a charcoal filter, then through a UV light and now it tests good. We did this because our new Cedar Creek has an ice maker and the 14 miles to Walmart to a jug of water got old.
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Even if the water looks clean you donít know what kind of bacteria and parasites are in it . The 2016 Minilite we have had a water filter in it but I am sure it just gets sediment . I was thinking if splicing in something to treat for bacteria behind it . Any suggestions on parts ?
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