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Old 09-24-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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My wife and I always drink bottled water when we travel in our motorhome. Our theory is that it's not certain that some water we would have in our tank when filling on the road would be o.k. to drink. So, here's my question. Since we only use the fresh water for showers, washing dishes, flushing the toilet, can we add Calgon to soften it? I use the GEO method for our black and grey tanks so I would think it would be safe for the fresh tank? Any opinions?
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Old 09-24-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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We have a filter ($30 bucks) that we use when filling away from home actully I use it at home also but we have never so far had any bad tasting water. Have you given that any thought?
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If I get water in a campground, I drink it.Why would campground water not be safe to drink?

I do not take on water from any dump station
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If I get water in a campground, I drink it.Why would campground water not be safe to drink?

I do not take on water from any dump station
I agree. Campgrounds are getting their water from treatment facilities or approved wells and is safe to drink. They're not pumping water out of a lake. If you don't like the taste of the local water then by all means get bottled water or install an osmosis filter at at sink, for drinking water. Even those Brita water filters will remove unpleasant tastes.
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I'm on a 10,000 mile trip around the USA in my Pleasure Way Class B. I fill up and drink water from everywhere, I have no choice because of limited room. I can honestly say that I've never tasted that made me spit it out....nowhere ! Years ago there wasn't bottled water or fancy filters and people survived just fine and continue to do so today. It's funny people drink only bottled water but tell me how good that greasy Cheeseburger place is down the street.
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Since we only use the fresh water for showers, washing dishes, flushing the toilet, can we add Calgon to soften it?
Why not a dedicated water softener?
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Be advised, the human body absorbs water through the skin. If you are afraid to drink from your water tank after properly sanitizing and maintaining it, you should also be afraid to wash with that water.
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If I get water in a campground, I drink it.Why would campground water not be safe to drink?

I do not take on water from any dump station

I'd love to camp where you camp; city water systems ?
But when the park your in is on well water, what then?
Personally , unless the fresh tank was filled at my house, I buy filtered water for, drinking, coffee, brushing teeth, I'm on holiday, I don't need to take a chance on, being " off " even for a day.
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I'd love to camp where you camp; city water systems ?
But when the park your in is on well water, what then?
Personally , unless the fresh tank was filled at my house, I buy filtered water for, drinking, coffee, brushing teeth, I'm on holiday, I don't need to take a chance on, being " off " even for a day.
Well water for public consumption (CGs) must meet the same standards as municipal water treatment plants. Our house is supplied with water from 3 wells that are owned and operated by a water district. They must meet the same CDC water standards

True, private wells are not subject to any water quality standards at the national level. State's are free to publish their own water quality standards for private wells; the majority have set standards.
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Putting Calgon in the fresh water tank sounds like you would expose yourself to whatever is in Calgon. I do not think that is a good idea.
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We also do not drink campground water and, like you, use it for everything else.

We've been doing that for 10 years and we don't treat our fresh water tank with anything.

For those of you who don't believe there is bad water at RV parks there are two of them I would love to have you try to drink their water.

One is in Corvallis, OR and the other one is in Kerrville TX.
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Putting Calgon in the fresh water tank sounds like you would expose yourself to whatever is in Calgon. I do not think that is a good idea.
How right you are: Calgon water softener MSDS
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