Water Filtering

Does anyone use a filter between source and tank when filling? If so, whats the set up?

Cheers guys. First time I've been short, and to the point.... LOL
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Reply By: Mick O - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:10

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:10
Phil, I'm using a dual canister filtration system with a cotton precleaner and a .05 micron main filter in the second canister. I push water through them with my shower pump. It is slow but extremely effective and the .05 unit takes out everything, even the tannin colouring in the water.

A video or two of the unit in operation in the old Nissan.




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Follow Up By: caseh - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 05:29

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 05:29
Mick O.
Just watched the clip. Always interesting to view and read your input.
On the question of the parrot of "some sort" you of course gave the wrong answer! instead of confirming the fact that this was in fact a parrot you should have given the name of the beast, namely an Australian Ringneck - Barnardius zonarius.
Best wishes from a twitcher.

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:02

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:02
Phtt.. It was a Norwegian Blue :) Jujst restin, gov :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:03

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:03
Nice one Mick. Thanks for that. So I just need to get a 12v pump to run off the Cruiser and the filter housing. Seems pretty easy. We have a filter under the sink in the van but I just wanted to know if this was enough or if it was advisable to do everything possible to keep the tanks as clean as possible.
Can those filters you use be used between say a site tap and the tank?
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:48

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:48
Phil,

As long as you have sufficient pressure to push water through the filters, you could install between a site tap and tank. The issue comes when there is insufficient pressure to move the water, hence the pump. Because it's often some time between fills and the dubious nature of the water being filtered, I like to remove my canisters and dry them thoroughly. If only able to partially dry them out, I store the main filter in a plastic bag in the freezer between uses. This prevents anything nasty from growing in the filter if still damp.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:27

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 23:27
Hi Phill

Many do use filters - either for everything that goes into the tanks, or just and under sink filter for the drinking water, there are filters offering various levels of protection. I choose the simple option of using water of a known quality such as good town scheme water, or really clean and safe bore water.

If the water is less than the quality we want in our tanks, i use it direct from a bucket for as much as needed - eg washing and washing up if not good, cooking and cups of tea also if suitable (all boiled). Any sediment settles and stays in the bottom of the bucket as i draw the water from the top with a jug. For me this is the simple solution and requires no filters. We do not stay for many weeks in the same spot, and we have four water tanks, including one dedicated drinking water tank, so we can last for many weeks on the road supplementing our supply with water drawn from rivers or lakes by bucket. If water is short, we use less.

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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:08

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:08
Hi again MH

As always you are a fountain of information. On our build we've had a filter put in under the sink but we weren't sure if this was enough. I'd love a dedicated tank for drinking water but we only have two, and wouldn't know where to start regarding `dedication'.
We would hope that we will always be able to pick up water at a reliable source but I was thinking along the lines of worst case scenario's and trying to protect the integrety of the water in the tanks. Even on sites, I was contemplating some kind of flitration system to gives us the best quality water possible.
Thanks again for the input. As always.......appreciated.

Phill
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Reply By: cookie1 - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:50

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:50
We are about to go on the Canning so bought a Katadyn Vario which has a 3 stage filtration system, takes a while but then saves a whole heap of starting and stopping the next day for dunny stops :-)

http://www.katadyn.com/sgen/katadyn-products/products/katadynshopconnect/katadyn-wasserfilter-backcountry-series-produkte/katadyn-vario/

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Reply By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:58

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 07:58
Hi Phil,

I have a length of food grade water hose with a fitting on one end to connect to a standard tap. Near the other end of the hose I have an in-line water filter which I purchased from a Whitworths Marine. To the other end of the water filter, I have another length of hose with a stop cock tap on it and then about 30cm of hose which I poke into my water tank.

I always use this hose to fill my water tanks, even at home in Sydney, and as needed on a trip from town or tank water as needed. Never had a porblem with bad water since. Just replace the filter every so often as they do have a limited life.

PS, I like Mick O's solution which I will investigate further as my option does not work with creek water.

Regards,

Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:13

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:13
Hi Michael

That sounds something like how I pictured things may be done.
Ultimately it can't hurt to use on all fllls, and I'd also get into the habit of using it even when filling up from tap at home.

All the best mate.

Happy travels.
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Reply By: Member - Alastair D (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:53

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 08:53
On the road we filter all the water we put in the drinking quality storage using a pump and BEST brand 1 micron filter. This will remove just about all nasties but not discoloration like Mick's setup. Our combination has worked well for us over many years of travelling and sourcing water from some fairly dodgy places when desparate.

We keep supplies separate so we have lesser quality water for non drinking purposes like washing hands etc but even then we prefer to be cautious. The filter we use is not expensive and has lasted well as it can be reverse flushed. It has a silver content internally to stop bugs growing when the filter is not in action. Always flush it to waste to clear it before putting the water in the tank.

I have our system setup with various hoses with click fittings for convenience and storage. Our pump is a Shure marine pump - make sure it has enough pressure as the fine filters need a bit of push to get the water through - ours will shut off at 40 psi which is a good indicator that the filter needs flushing.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:04

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 09:04
Lots of people who live on other than town water run similar filters to that pictured on their whole household water supply.

Some people where the town water is a bit chewy run such filters on the whole houshold supply or sometimes just on the kitchen tap.

Any decent pump shop or rural plumbing supply should be able to supply similar filters.

some of the brands you have a choice of what grade filter you put in the housing.

You just have to decide on the type of filters you want and how well filtered you want your water.

the reason for running multistage is that the finer and more expensive filters will clog fairly quickly if not preceeded by a coarser one at times.

Of course there are many arrangements you can run.

it is entirly reasonable to run a coarser filter to fill your tanks and then run the fine filter to filter only your drinking water.

AND throwng a couple of water treatment tabs or some such product into your tanks is a reasonabl thing too.

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Reply By: Lifetime Member-Heather MG NSW - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:02

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:02
Hi Phill,

try these... ..http://www.bestwaterfilters.com.au/


We have been using them for the past few years and I buy them online.

Regards,

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:53

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:53
Hi Phil,

We use a BEST filter too. It's permanently attached to a piece of food grade hose.

Di and Bruce
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Reply By: Member - Arsenal Phill - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 17:22

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 17:22
Thanks to everyone for the input. Looks like a sensible idea to invest in some filters.
All contributions on info have been greatly appreciated.

Cheers guys.
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