RV Water Filter Care
With spring right around the corner and everyone getting ready to de-winterize and get back into camping mode, I thought it was a good time to talk about water quality and water filters. In your home, the city water supply is continuously treated with chlorine to kill bacteria. Chlorine dissipates quickly.
Think about how often pool owners must “shock” the pool with large quantities of chlorine products to kill bacteria. Now think about how our culture has shifted away from drinking tap water even though it is treated to kill bacteria. Nearly everyone uses bottled or purified water when it comes to consuming it. The reason is simple. The typical city tap water supply contains over 200 unwanted chemicals including…
- Fluorine compounds.
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
- Salts of: arsenic. Radium, aluminum, copper, lead, mercury, cadmium, barium.
We’ve become too informed and health conscious to drink water with that stuff in it. When it comes to your children drinking lead, how much would you say is ok?
So what about our RV?
We travel around and connect to unfamiliar water supplies at each stop. We also fill our fresh water tanks with the same water and use the pump to pressurize our plumbing. Very often the water supply is untreated well water or has a high mineral content or has a foul odor. That can’t be good. When we go home, that water remains in our plumbing. Any chlorine there was dissipates quickly. Yuk!!! Here are some good common sense tips for maintaining a healthy water supply:
- Assume the water you are connected to or filling your fresh tank with is contaminated with lots of chemicals you don’t want to ingest or take a shower in.
- If you have a filtered water system, replace the filter before your first camping trip of the season and every spring thereafter. Never re-use an old filter.
- If you already have foul-smelling contaminated water in your plumbing, we can remedy that for you by performing a controlled flushing of the water heater and supply lines with a bleach solution (what is the active ingredient in bleach?).
- If you don’t have a filtered water system, you can have one installed easily (see attached images).
- When in doubt, err on the side of caution and use purified or distilled bottled water for drinking and cooking.
Hope this helps!