Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Water Quality is Important
The quality of drinking water on yachts and campervans alike needs to be both healthy and tasty. Blue water yachts more often or not make water using reverse osmosis. Campervans take on water from land-based outlets but, like inshore cruising yachts, they have store that water in tanks.
There are times when that water from the vehicle’s tank can taste bad, and there is always the risk of it containing bacteria and bugs.
To get around these unpleasantries, many motorhome users carry bottled water or bulky water storage containers for their fresh drinking water rather than using the on-board tank and tap.
As we continue with the building of Voyager, creating what we are calling a Land Yacht, we think we have found the solution
By fitting a cartridge style water filter between the water tank and the tap, we believe it will remove all major contaminants from the water including lead and other heavy metals, chlorine and chlorine by-products, cyst and other harmful bacteria.
We have chosen to fit a new and very compact Flostream water filter from Wave International. With its built-in bacteriostatic control, it will prevent any risk of micro-bacterial growth when the water filter is not in use. Not only that, it also removes limescale, helping keep taps and sinks clean.
We will be able to drink the water direct from our tank, no more carrying water containers, storing them or having to buy bottled water when abroad. Additionally, it removes the anxiety about the quality of the water.
Having lived on board yachts for many years we know filtered water has no chemical taste whatsoever. It avoids the health dangers associated with drinking water from plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A and phthalates. It will also save us money on the cost of bottled water and help us help the environment by reducing plastic waste.
The Flostream’s filter is certified to NSF 42 and 53 standards to ensure that all chlorine taste and bad odour is removed via the replaceable filter. Depending on quantity of use, the filter will only need changing once a year and as a compact unit, it will be located in an easily accessible spot.
While researching this we found that there are other filters currently available, but the Flostream is the only one in this sector certified to NSF 42 and 53 health and aesthetic standards.
The UK distributor for Wave International products, is Penguin Refrigeration. Their Managing Director Zeb Elliott says, “It is the only filter that removes limescale as well as providing KDF inhibition and reducing heavy metals. It’s also available in both 3,800 and 7,600 litre capacity.”
Costing from £70, the Flostream comes in three compact sizes. The Flow2 is 265mm tall by 85mm diameter and delivers two litres per minute.
The larger Flostream HiFlo10 is 390mm by 110mm diameter delivers ten litres per minute. The new HiFlo10 Micro, which is the unit we are fitting to Voyager is even smaller at 169mm by 133mm and it too delivers ten litres per minute.
Simple to install with twist lock head and 10mm, 12mm or 15mm push fit connections make the Flostream water filters ideal for yachts, campervans and now; Land Yachts.