What type of water treatment do I need for an RV?John L. asked the following: "We have a RV and we will be living in the full-time and traveling all over the US. Not knowing what kind of water we will be getting into, what would you suggest?" First, I have to say that as you travel from campsite-to-campsite, the water will vary dramatically, usually from bad to extremely bad. YIKES! Here are a few things you will need to be concerned with when treating water from diverse supplies across the USA:
- Hard Water - Most of the water in the US has high levels of hardness and any good treatment regimen should include softening because not only does it remove the scale-causing minerals from the water, it also reduces or removes iron, manganese and other contaminants.
- Iron, Manganese & Sulfur - These are typically found on well water. Sulfur stinks, while iron and manganese create brown, red or black stains. A softener helps with the iron and manganese, but the sulfur is an animal of it's own.
- Chlorine, Chemicals, Tastes and Odors - Typically, this occurs on city water, but some of these contaminants can also be present on well water.
- Sediment, Sand and Silt - The first step to treating your water involves proper pre-filtration ahead of any water treatment device.
- Disinfection - Pathogens, bacteria and viruses can be found in many water supplies. This should also be dealt with.
- Drinking Water - Life support water needs to be of even higher quality than water you wash with.
- 20 Micron Filter
- Water Softener (small one, like on at the right)
- Iron, Manganese Filter
- GAC w/KDF-85 Filter
- Radial Flow Carbon Filter
- 1 Micron Filter
- Ultraviolet Purifier
- Reverse Osmosis for Drinking Water