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Old 09-17-2012, 10:05 AM   #1
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Water Quality at Campgrounds

I am posting this on behalf of an acquaintance who was complaining about always / usually finding "stinky" water from their shore hookups at campgrounds. My admittedly limited experience has not so far had me complaining about stinky water coming out of hookups... which makes me wonder if the cause is actually on-board their unit (a trialer I believe).

What is the experience of the group??? Is it common to get bad smelling water out of your shore hookups, or should my friend be focusing on an on-board problem, like contaminated hose or on-board plumbing???? (sorry, I can not get a clear description of the smell, other than "rancid", or something on that order.....

Thank you all, as usual, for sharing your experience!

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Old 09-17-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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In over 1200 overnights in commercial, state and COE campgrounds, we have experienced water with objectionable odors three times, twice in southern IN, and once in MS. Typically we use campground water for all our needs, including drinking and giving to pets with no odor or other issues.

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Old 09-17-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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We have never had a problem with the water.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Water from one area to another will taste different. But other than the old sulphur water (you would know sulphur water if you encountered it) - no issues I've encountered and I do use campground water as drinking water. Think of the lawsuits if it were not safe.
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We use reverse osmosis filtered water for drinking. Both on the road and at home.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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Our rig has a whole house carbon filter. The cylinder type filter you buy at the hardware store. That is usually all you need to filter chlorine etc. However in Moab, Utah the only solution is to buy your water. Their water is safe but not tasty and makes horrid coffee, tea etc. Even the cat would not drink it.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #8
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High sulfur where I'm parked,, I run it through some charcoal and it's just fine.

There are several types of water filters, Some are sediment, some "micron" but charcoal is the "Taste and odor" filter.

My filter is home made but many on the market are actually better at taste and odor removal.
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I visited a campground in the Charleston, SC area last week and it had the worst water we have ever experienced. It had a terrible sulfur smell and when showering, it felt like the soap would never wash off. I have a whole house sediment filter in my MH, but that did not help. Most of the other campgrounds that we have stayed at have been no problem with the water.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:25 PM   #10
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Having , in a earlier lifetime, held certification in water treatment, drinking water in campgrounds can certainly be a concern. I had an experience once where a private park manager brought a cup of water that looked like swamp water, and asked if it was alright to drink. Many states monitor water quality in campgrounds. Many don't. You certainly be within your rigts to inquire from a campground how often they have their water tested. If they don't want to talk about it, be suspicious.

IF they are being tested, and If there is a problem, they are supposed to post in public view if they have a problem. State, federal and municipal parks are almost guarenteed to be tested. Private parks may or may not be.

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Old 09-17-2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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We found in San Antonio that the water has a high mineral content that calls for the filters being changed fairly frequently. Other than that we have use campground water coast to coast with no problem. We do drink bottled water for the taste of water can vary greatly from place to place.
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In 6 1/2 years of RVing, we have never found water that we could smell. Hard water is a different story.
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To the OP: Have your friend sanitize the whole system with bleach - from hose inlet to all outlets. Remove any in-line filters first. Then flush with known good water until there is no more odor.
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It could be that the OP has a filter installed and it has never been changed so has become a cause of poor water quality rather than a cure.

Hot water systems can also cause bad taste/smell

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