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Old 11-14-2016, 09:54 PM   #43
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We haven't drank water out of the tank. Usually we have a water hookup so we drink city water.

I've been a bit reluctant to drink water out of our tank. I found the tank had a lot of black slime in it as it clogged up the filter screen on the water pump. I cleaned the pump and got it working again. Then I added clorox to sanitize, let it set, and drained and got black slime out of the drain. I refilled and drained a number of times until I quit getting the black slime out, but I'm just hesitant to use it. It would probably be ok to drink as it has been sanitized and I think (hope) I got rid of all the slime. I've had no more issues with the filter screen and when I drain it, its clean coming out. I'll sanitize again next spring and see how it goes.
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Fresh water tank vent hose mold
When filling the fresh water tank today I noticed the tank vent hose had mold in it. Tried to clean it with bleach and pulling paper towels through it, only got about half of it. Replaced it with a piece of regular 1/2' drinking water hose.

Will replace it with clear hose when I get a chance so I can see if it gets mold again.

Makes me wonder about the fill hose? Can't see through it to check for mold.

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Interesting subject and replies. Until now, I've been worrying about R values, weight and layouts.

So how many of us treat the fill hoses, the fill source and the water system in the RV with the deserved reverence of a operating room? When you sit down for a meal at a restaurant do you expect a glass of water that was filled from a tank and a hose treated so casually?

Washing hands, new set of gloves, a wipe down with a sanitizer, special care for the fill hose...special storage bag, caps on the end of the hose during storage, etc?

Filtration won't sort out more than particulate matter and taste. Contaminates actually can infest filtration units once given a foot hold. Adding an injector system adds chems, something we don't want, and adding a UV unit might be best if you're on shore power. I'll have to investigate that further for boondocking.
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Interesting subject and replies. Until now, I've been worrying about R values, weight and layouts.

So how many of us treat the fill hoses, the fill source and the water system in the RV with the deserved reverence of a operating room? When you sit down for a meal at a restaurant do you expect a glass of water that was filled from a tank and a hose treated so casually?

Washing hands, new set of gloves, a wipe down with a sanitizer, special care for the fill hose...special storage bag, caps on the end of the hose during storage, etc?

Filtration won't sort out more than particulate matter and taste. Contaminates actually can infest filtration units once given a foot hold. Adding an injector system adds chems, something we don't want, and adding a UV unit might be best if you're on shore power. I'll have to investigate that further for boondocking.
OK, I'm an engineer, not a medical specialist. But I do know that the more you're exposed to relatively casual levels of "contamination" the more resistant you are. People in third world countries don't have problems with the water, it's we who are not accustomed to it that are. I'm not trying to say it's that bad, but familiarity in this case is likely to breed "no problem".
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Yes we drink it. It's from our well. There is two filters in line for city "camp water" and we drink that too!!
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For us ... the answer is "depends on who you ask...." I usually drink from the coach tank and don't think twice about it. My DW is all about using bottled water.

That said - I sanitize the tank as part of our "de-winterization" process - and then 1-2 more times over the course of the season - depending on how much the coach is being used. (The more we're using it - the less I sanitize it .. with the rationale being that there's fresh water constantly running thru the system). We use a whole house water filter - and change the filter regularly (monthly if we're using it constantly).

Finally, we're pretty careful about the water sources we hook up to. We usually "taste test" each new water source to see what we think before hooking up to it. We're not crazy about any strong "well water" taste. If we can avoid filling from a source with strong "well water" taste - we do. If we can't, even I might grab bottled water to avoid the taste.
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OK, I'm an engineer, not a medical specialist. But I do know that the more you're exposed to relatively casual levels of "contamination" the more resistant you are. People in third world countries don't have problems with the water, it's we who are not accustomed to it that are. I'm not trying to say it's that bad, but familiarity in this case is likely to breed "no problem".
People in third world countries don't have problems with water?😳

I'll set that aside, and speak to the concept of acclimation to the water sources that you will encounter. I would think a reasonable expectation of a campground water source would be a well? With so many different people coming from so many different places cross contamination is more than probable. Having traveled out of the country and contracting a few "bugs" in my life time, I'm more gun shy. We live on a farm and are undoubted more acclimated to a casual level of contamination than someone from a municipal source. We test our water yearly.
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Nope, we don't drink from our fresh water tank no matter how many filters or chemicals we use to treat it.

Same here, Bottled water for us!


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My wife bought a Brita jug that we fill from the tank and then keep in the fridge. She says it tastes better (it might). That way we always have cold filtered water available.
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People in third world countries don't have problems with water?��

I'll set that aside, and speak to the concept of acclimation to the water sources that you will encounter. I would think a reasonable expectation of a campground water source would be a well? With so many different people coming from so many different places cross contamination is more than probable. Having traveled out of the country and contracting a few "bugs" in my life time, I'm more gun shy. We live on a farm and are undoubted more acclimated to a casual level of contamination than someone from a municipal source. We test our water yearly.
Read what I said "relatively casual levels of contamination". Of course there are levels of contamination no amount of acclimatization will overcome.
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We drank from our water tank for 16 years of constant travel and got our water from many different sources.

Campgrounds have their water tested. Do you think they'd take the risk of that many people getting sick? Even the national parks, state parks, national forest campgrounds test their water regularly. As volunteers, we've been there when it's done.

Now, where did that water come from in the restaurant or the glass it's served? Was it washed properly. Many restaurant kitchens are filthy.

It is very unusual for folks to have issues with water and please don't bring up Flint again.

Use a good water filtering system for the water coming into your RV and you're good.

Check out this company for filters and any questions give them a call. They are extremely helpful.

http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/
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Read what I said "relatively casual levels of contamination". Of course there are levels of contamination no amount of acclimatization will overcome
I did read what you said!

Folks who travel extensively may have a broader resistance to some of the bad things found in water. However, poor sanitation takes a huge toll on folks from all over the world every day. It really is a problem like you say when there are levels that no acclimation will over come. It's in many Third World countries where people have to travel from miles around to the one and only water source the bad things can really get out of control. So, if you think about it, RV'ers travel for miles and pull from one source on any given day hoping that there hasn't been any major issue with the water supply! That water supply could've been tested three weeks ago and it was perfect doesn't mean it would be that day. They test municipal pools hourly and they still have blooms.

I know how thorough we try to be with handling sources of, and sanitation of drinking water. We just hope everybody else
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We drink bottled (spring) water just because of the taste. Everything else comes from the tank. If we are at a CG that uses well water, we make coffee from bottled, cause well water can make the coffee taste odd.
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Drinking purified water (reverse osmosis) is among one of the simplest and inexpensive ways you can reduce your cumulative exposure to pollutants in our environment. For example, municipal water systems do not treat or remove the trace amount of pharmaceuticals found in many drinking water supplies. For 39c gallon you can refill your jugs at any walmart or other grocery store and knock 5 minutes off your daily exercise routine. And it tastes better! So you wind up drinking more water which is good for you.
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