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Old 05-01-2015, 12:00 PM   #1
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Where do you get drinking water from?

Im curious (being a newb) which is more common.
Also anyone in TX have problem with the water at state parks.

I got a large filter and a secondary to go on the water line hook up with lead free hose. Should this be safe to drink from camp site hook ups?

Does anyone use like a Britta pitcher.

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Im curious (being a newb) which is more common.
Also anyone in TX have problem with the water at state parks.

I got a large filter and a secondary to go on the water line hook up with lead free hose. Should this be safe to drink from camp site hook ups?

Does anyone use like a Britta pitcher.

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We don't ever drink water from our tanks or water system. I just bring bottled water or a Britta for drinking water and use the tanks for washing/dishes.
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Soooo...If you wash the dishes with it, what do you do to sanitize them after since rinsing the soap off would still leave any bacteria in the water on the dishes?

Not being a smartazz, legitimate question.
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We don't ever drink water from our tanks or water system. I just bring bottled water or a Britta for drinking water and use the tanks for washing/dishes.

x2 As do we.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:30 PM   #5
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We use bottled water
I bleach/sanitize the water system every year, including all hoses...but I don't drink out of it...there is still standing water in between trips where bacteria can form so unless you sanitize it before every trip its never totally safe

we do wash dishes with it (the hot water)
brush teeth and even make coffee with it...
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Soooo...If you wash the dishes with it, what do you do to sanitize them after since rinsing the soap off would still leave any bacteria in the water on the dishes?

Not being a smartazz, legitimate question.
I would think most of that bacteria is killed when it is heated in the hot water tank with the rest when you use dish soap. I have to trust the water I get at a CG to an extent since I don't have a field test kit to prove it's harmful otherwise. I've seen lots of people wash dishes directly under the faucet at CG's but I have never heard of anyone getting sick from a plate or utensil washed like that.
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I've been drinking the water in Texas State Parks for a long time. So far, the only ill effects I've noticed are being 30 years older and having somewhat less hair on my head.

We also drink water from the on board fresh water storage tank with no ill effects. I do sanitize the water system at least annually.

Filters are fine to use, and must be maintained properly. The filter itself can be a source of contamination. A dirty, infrequently used filter can grow stuff inside the filter.
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We always stay in provincial parks. I will drink the water from the parks as they are government regulated (as I type this I just realized who I'm trusting my life with .... )
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I've always drank the water from both the onboard tanks and the city water connection. The water is pre-filtered with a particulate filter before it gets to the TT, and I have a Brita filter mounted on the kitchen sink spigot, which I replace a couple times a year.

Only effect on me is a little more money in my pocket from not spending it on that pricey bottled water. If I'm traveling and need water, I buy a couple of gallons of drinking water at Walmart for less than a dollar each.
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I don't think there is a pat answer to this. We use bottled water for drinking, making coffee, iced tea, etc. We use the city water hookup if available with a filter. We fill the tank with what ever the CG has if there is no water connection at the site.

We use bottled water for drinking because many years ago I got very sick drinking the CG water that we filled the tank with. For the small cost of bottled water, I don't have to worry about ruining another vacation in bed for 2 days. When I say bottled water, I mean by the gallon, which is really cheap.


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Soooo...If you wash the dishes with it, what do you do to sanitize them after since rinsing the soap off would still leave any bacteria in the water on the dishes?

Not being a smartazz, legitimate question.
When you wash dishes, I presume you use hot water and soap?

What you would ingest from a clean plate is far different from what you would ingest in a glass of water.
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