Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Even The Simple Things - Faucet Water Filter

My Double Sink and Kitchen Faucet
    Water, water everywhere....but not a drop to drink. If you have ever been on a cruise ship, that was a mantra you learned...quickly. Even though you were surrounded by water, it wasn't safe to drink. Only by filtering and purifying salty seawater were you able to use it as drinking water. While not as difficult in an RV, filtered water can, at the very least, make your water taste better and remove some sediment you probably don't want to drink. There are MANY ways  to make safe potable water from the nastiest water sources. I already have a filter system for that. What about just a quick way to make your water taste better? Here's one easy way.

Many competing companies make a basic screw-on water filter. It connects to you faucet head and allows you to switch between filtered and "tap" water. Some are quite large, others are small. I wanted one I could get replacement filter cartridges almost anyplace. (Home stores, Wally world, supermarkets, etc.) I settled on the PUR version. You can get it in various finishes; white and chrome are the most popular choices. It has a replaceable filter cartridge and a visual indicator to tell you when it should be replaced. It simply tilts up for filtered and down for unfiltered water. A snap to use.

Putting it on the faucet is easy. Most faucets in the typical RV kitchen have threaded caps over the end. (Aerators) Be careful when you remove it, as they sometimes have water restrictors and/or little screens inside. Once unscrewed, simply screw on (or snap on) the filter assembly. I have the older style (uses the same cartridges). The newer models have a choice of basic and advanced filters. The advanced is better and will filter MANY contaminants from your water. It will NOT remove crypto-sporidia or cysts however. A smaller micron filter is needed for that. In my case I do that when I fill the fresh water tank. I remove the entire filter for travel as it puts undue stress on the faucet itself. It fits nicely in one of the sinks, with the cover on.

Each filter is good for 100 Gallons of water. I only use it for cooking and drinking. So it will last a LONG time. I really did taste the difference with the filter on. The basic one eliminated any "tank flavor" from my water supply. That alone makes it worthwhile. The basic filters are only around $14 each with the Advanced version being $26 each. The advanced one is a 3 stage filter and removes or reduces levels of:

  • 2,4-D
  • 2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
  • Alachlor
  • Asbestos
  • Atrazine
  • Benzene
  • Carbofuran
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Chlordane
  • Chlorine Taste & Odor
  • Class I Particulates
  • Endrin
  • Ethylbenzen
  • Heptachlor Epoxide
  • Lead
  • Lindane
  • Mercury
  • Methoxychlor
  • Monochlorobenzene
  • MTBE
  • o-Dichlorobenzene
  • Rust
  • Sediment and dirt
  • Silvex
  • Simazine
  • Styrene
  • Tetrachloroethene
  • Toluene
  • Toxaphene
  • Trichlororethene
  • TTHMs
  • Turbidity
Water is so critical for life...I take no chances! This is a cheap safety and taste solution for your RV water needs. A little extra insurance never hurt.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"

Editors' note: PUR water faucet filters are available at 

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