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  • Tue, Feb 28, 2012 - 09:45pm

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    JohnH123

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    Help with Whole House Water Filter Question

 I’m getting ready to put in a whole house water filter. I have city water. I have chosen to use a tank that takes bulk carbon, and not use any proprietary filters. I believe lots of filter manufacturers will go out of business, so a proprietary filter is not a good idea, in my opinion.

I am considering adding a UV filter, though my plumber says it is useless, as we do not have any need for it with our city water. The carbon filter is about $1,000, and the UV filter adds an additonal $800. I am wondering in a SHTF scenario, if our city water could become contaminated, if there was a shortage of chlorine that the city adds to the water (or other reasons). Perhaps in that case, the city would just shut off the water.

Any educated opinions out there?

Thanks!

  • Tue, Feb 28, 2012 - 10:21pm

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    tictac1

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    Unless you need drinking

Unless you need drinking water from every tap in the house for some reason, you can get better quality water for a lot less money with an under-sink RO system.  With the savings, you could stock up on replacement filters to last you 30 years or so.

I’ve yet to see a convincing argument for whole-house filtration, especially for a city water user.  Water softening, yes, but even that is a trade off; you will be adding sodium or potassium to your water proportionate to the mineral content of the influent.  We have significant silt in our water, and the only problem it’s ever caused is needing to clean out the toilet tanks more often.  We drink and cook with the RO.

  • Tue, Feb 28, 2012 - 11:27pm

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    under sink RO question

Is there a way to hook up an alternate water source other than city water to an existing RO? I think I need only 7psi pressure to make the filter operate.If city water becomes an issue I would like to be able to run another water source through it.(such as stored water that may need filtration.) Any thoughts?

  • Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 01:13am

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    eexpo wrote:Is there a way

eexpo wrote:

Is there a way to hook up an alternate water source other than city water to an existing RO? I think I need only 7psi pressure to make the filter operate.If city water becomes an issue I would like to be able to run another water source through it.(such as stored water that may need filtration.) Any thoughts?

A cistern located above the house about 17′ would give you roughly 7psi. Remember that RO wastes much water unless you have the recirculating kind.

  • Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 02:56am

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    Water filtration

From long experience I have learned to keep things simple. Why not purchase a Big Berkey filtration system (or a comparable product) with several spare ceramic elements and store it in a closet? Then, should you become nervous about the safety of your municipal water source, you can run the tap water through the gravity flow filtration system before you drink it or cook with it. Should you move someday, you can take it with you.

For the ultimate in simplicity, just boil the water before use if you are concerned whether it is safe to drink. Speaking for myself, I am pretty confident that municipal authorities will do whatever is necessary to ensure a safe water supply, even in a  steadily worsening economic situation. Let’s prepare by all means — but stay in the sunshine. Perhaps our worst fears will not come to pass. That said, we all pretty well know that the status quo cannot continue. Truly, we are living in interesting times.

  • Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 12:07pm

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    BSV wrote:From long

BSV wrote:

From long experience I have learned to keep things simple. Why not purchase a Big Berkey filtration system (or a comparable product) with several spare ceramic elements and store it in a closet? Then, should you become nervous about the safety of your municipal water source, you can run the tap water through the gravity flow filtration system before you drink it or cook with it. Should you move someday, you can take it with you.

For the ultimate in simplicity, just boil the water before use if you are concerned whether it is safe to drink. Speaking for myself, I am pretty confident that municipal authorities will do whatever is necessary to ensure a safe water supply, even in a  steadily worsening economic situation. Let’s prepare by all means — but stay in the sunshine. Perhaps our worst fears will not come to pass. That said, we all pretty well know that the status quo cannot continue. Truly, we are living in interesting times.

I agree the water will flow, but can we afford it? I pay a pretty high bill each month already. I read on the DD that some water departments will be doubling the price of water this year.

  • Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 03:45pm

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    JohnH123

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     Thanks for the input. I

 Thanks for the input. I already have several big berkeys, and agree that is the best option should the need arise. So, I will skip the UV filter, though I am still getting the whole house filter, as I like filtered water everywhere. It is also much cheaper doing it that way than using individual filters on showers, bath, etc.

 

  • Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 04:44pm

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    Sawyer whole house filter

 https://www.sawyersafetravel2.com/more.asp?pid=217

This is the one I’m buying. Million gallons guaranteed.

  • Thu, Aug 09, 2012 - 02:59pm

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    I am glad I looked this

I am glad I looked this thread up – we are buying a whole house filter and I like the one Tycer linked to. Thanks, Tycer/

  • Fri, Aug 10, 2012 - 07:05pm

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    treemagnet

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    safewrite & tycer

I looked at those too and liked what I saw – but what about what they don’t catch/remove, which I believe are dissolved solids and so forth.  I think the concept is awesome, but after “they” say it removes 99.99% of bad stuff, I find they mean most of categories of bad stuff.  So, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and heavy metals go through.  Also, I thought sawyer didn’t make a whole house filter – or are you consider other?  Curious.  Thanks.

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