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Posted: 10/17/20 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I live in Southern California and all of the gas stations have air/water stations . The gas station attendant said the water should be potable because it’s just straight from the city water, but I think the black retractable water hose is suspect. I think it’s meant to fill up radiator water and not intended as drinking water. Does anyone know if it’s safe to put in your RV and use as drinking water? Does it taste terrible? Does it take any longer to fill? The spout is smaller than that of a hose bib.

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Posted: 10/17/20 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I grew up it was common to drink from our garden hose - that has become unfashionable now - go figure.


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Given the potential toxic environment of a gas station I don't use them. Especially a hose used to fill radiators or whatever, think about what on/in the nozzle area.


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ksg5000 wrote:

When I grew up it was common to drink from our garden hose - that has become unfashionable now - go figure.
I'll use my home hose to fill the tank - but fill only and not to remain under pressure.

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“The gas station attendant said the water should be potable...” Should be?

I don’t use the water at gas stations unless they have separate RV dump and fill facilities.


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Posted: 10/17/20 12:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jwpup wrote:

I live in Southern California and all of the gas stations have air/water stations . The gas station attendant said the water should be potable because it’s just straight from the city water, but I think the black retractable water hose is suspect. I think it’s meant to fill up radiator water and not intended as drinking water. Does anyone know if it’s safe to put in your RV and use as drinking water? Does it taste terrible? Does it take any longer to fill? The spout is smaller than that of a hose bib.


I cannot think of a water hose that did not come from a potable source. It is the proximity to a source that can cross contaminate the water that differentiates the use. So unless it states potable I would assume it does not comply with that jurisdictions requirements to qualify.

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Jwpup wrote:

I live in Southern California and all of the gas stations have air/water stations . The gas station attendant said the water should be potable because it’s just straight from the city water, but I think the black retractable water hose is suspect. I think it’s meant to fill up radiator water and not intended as drinking water. Does anyone know if it’s safe to put in your RV and use as drinking water? Does it taste terrible? Does it take any longer to fill? The spout is smaller than that of a hose bib.

It seems that according to California Proposition 65 everything can cause cancer, or so it seems. I would likely drink it.


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If you eat gas station Sushi you will have no problems drinking from their water hose. [emoticon]

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If you eat gas station Sushi you will have no problems drinking from their water hose. [emoticon]

100% greater chance getting the chits from the Yesterday’s sushi than the water.


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I would never believe a gas station attendant, as to the water quality.
Having worked in gas stations, I personally would not use their for for drinking purposes. And I'm not a water snob.
Home water, Yes. Gas station water, NO. Unless they have a water source that's identified as potable. Like at large truck stops.


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