Water Testing

Submitted: Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 19:31
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As my wife and i are on the road full time we were wondering does anybody do any water checks while they travel.The reason i ask is as we have traveled we have seen and tasted water that looks yellow in colour and tastes really bad.
I also run a BEST filter and clean it on a regular basis,any feedback would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 22:01

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 22:01
Never done any testing.
We chlorinate all our water as we pick it up and then filter drinking water through a 0.5uM active carbon filter just before it comes out of the tap.
That pretty much takes care of all the bugs and removes some other contaminants (including the chlorine), but not all.
It has always tasted fine.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 23:20

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 23:20
Hi Baker

As we don't use filters, I try and do a cup of tea taste test before putting water into our tanks. That is easy if at a caravan park, but not if filling at a fuel outlet. If the water is not nice, dump it at the first opportunity to fill with better water. We have a dedicated drinking water tank as back up.


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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:30

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 12:30
Never test it. Drink it as it comes from the tap usually. Boiled and let settle for drinking is one way to remove odours and bugs.

Mind you some of it is pretty hard. In one spot we had to let the water run a few seconds, then grab the stream of water and break it off. You could then chew it to quench your thirst.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 17:49

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 17:49
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Reply By: Jos - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 13:21

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 13:21
I have a remote water pickup system installed. This means that I can draw water from a tap (or river) and use it for washing, showering etc whilst bypassing my water tank. I do this if I'm not happy with the water quality as it means I can save the tank water just for drinking. I try only to fill the water tank with "nice" water.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 00:42

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 00:42
We also only fill the tanks with nice water. A system such as your Jos, is the first I have heard of using direct from an outside source. Do you have a pump, and how close to the source do you need to be? We do not have a direct water inlet on our caravan, so can only use direct from the tanks.

If drawing from a steam or dam, we use direct from the bucket, scooping off the top after allowing any sediment to settle. The water is used as widely as the quality allows, from just bathing, to cooking and even drinking. We have a tub bath with the drawn water if we have insufficient water in our tanks to shower.


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Follow Up By: Jos - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 16:35

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 16:35
Hi Motherhen.

Basically, my set-up is a result of a few months camping near a river and hauling buckets of water. I wanted something to allow me to be more lazy.

I have a long water hose (it's about 20-30 meters) permanently connected to my camper near my 12v pump (in a storage box on the draw bar). The other end of the hose has a foam float and filtered inlet attachment. I can either drop this end into a river or connect it directly to a tap (ie. at a caravan park). Then, beside the 12v pump I have a shut-off valve lever that I use to isolate the incoming water from the water tank. I can then pump and circulate this water to the kitchen, shower and through the water heater, bypassing the tank. I then just have to move the lever to access tank water (very quick and simple).

I do end up will a tiny bit of residual water in the pipes from using the water pick-up system, so if the water's "not-nice" I let the tank water run for a minute to flush the pipes if needed.

It means that if I'm near a usable water supply I can have a hot shower etc without using my tank water. Handy if I don't know when I'll be filling the tank again or if the tank water is low.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 14:09

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014 at 14:09
Am I dreaming, having a Seniors moment or what???

I read this thread a couple of days ago and I am sure one answer was they added "aluminium sulphate" (DONT QUOTE ME as that is what I think I remember the poster saying the chemical was ) for settling cloudy/muddy water into buckets...then drawing off the top

There is no way I have been reading this topic on any other forum so...was an answer along those lines posted and removed for any reason??..

if so normally the post stays and is unreadable along with a moderator statement to the effect

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