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Old 07-28-2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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As I sit here surfing the net enjoying a nice cold glass of holding tank water I'm wondering how safe is it?

I'm a weekend guy practicing for retirement. We use the MH almost every weekend. I sanitize the holding tanks at the beginning of the season and sometimes during the middle. I fill the tanks for every trip and empty them on the ride home. A small amount of water remains for a week or two in my trusty Sears water filter that I just replaced this spring (the $20 cartridge insert). I also flush it, maybe a half gallon, before each trip.
We haven't gotten sick, but I wonder how safe is this. Any thoughts out there?

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As I sit here surfing the net enjoying a nice cold glass of holding tank water I'm wondering how safe is it?

I'm a weekend guy practicing for retirement. We use the MH almost every weekend. I sanitize the holding tanks at the beginning of the season and sometimes during the middle. I fill the tanks for every trip and empty them on the ride home. A small amount of water remains for a week or two in my trusty Sears water filter that I just replaced this spring (the $20 cartridge insert). I also flush it, maybe a half gallon, before each trip.
We haven't gotten sick, but I wonder how safe is this. Any thoughts out there?

Thanks,
Jim
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Old 07-28-2007, 03:30 PM   #3
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We put a Brita filter on our kitchen sink faucet. All water we drink comes through that filter or out of purchased bottled water. Each time the filter is used, we get a green light showing the filter is good, or a red light showing it should be changed. The flow is reduced, but only at this faucet.
No system is perfect, but this works for us.
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I think you are OK as long as you sanitize.

I and many others have done it for years.
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Old 07-29-2007, 04:39 AM   #5
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If you have a standard 10" filter housing and you are concerned about bacteria growing in your filter between uses, check out the Hydro Life Bacteriostatic Cartridge from RV Upgrades (also available from Camping World). Although a little more expensive than ordinary activated carbon filters, this cartridge not only filters out a wide range contaminants, it prevents bacteria from growing on the surface of the filter itself. To me, this seems ideal for someone who uses their RV on the weekend then lets it sit for a few weeks until the next outing.
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Well thank you all. I like the "I and many others have done it for years" and best yet a different filter for a little more than what I've been paying.

I didn't care for the "Drink it and wait a couple hours to see if the stomach cramps or Montezuma's revenge started (that's what my parents called it half a century ago).
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Although a little more expensive than ordinary activated carbon filters, </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I would say a lot more expensive at $32.00. I don't know if this is one or two this is at CW.

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Some activated charcoal water filters contain a small amount of powdered silver to retard bacteria growth. Labeling will show it if that brand uses silver.

Is your water source a municipal water system? If so, the chlorination is sufficient for several weeks. If you desire you may add a few drops of unscented household bleach(pre-mixed into a gallon of water) to your holding tank when you park your RV. If your water source is not chlorinated; another method is to add 1/2 tsp of Sodium Dichlor to 100 Gallons of water, which creates drinkable sanitized water. Scroll down about halfway here to read about this alternative. Be advised! this is a dry Chlorine chemical granule, and may cause burns if improperly used or handled. I personally use Sodium Dichlor (specifically sold as such) to wash and sanitize my home-brew equipment, which BTW does not require rinsing. For our RV fresh water I carry an air-tight jar of 35% Sodium Dichlor, it's much cheaper and less hazardous to handle than the 62% mentioned in the article. The end result is safe, good-tasting drinking water.

As a side note, here are the national Drinking Water Standards
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