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Posted: 10/17/20 03:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mich800 wrote:

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.


Meanwhile while the water is on its way from treatment plant to hose no matter its proximity to the source its traveling through miles of these LOL.

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No, GDS, Los Angeles water pipes are much older.


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bikendan wrote:

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.


Totally agree!!! why risk health, contamination issues? Use 1 gallon water from markets or stores until you get to an RV park. I fill my fresh water tank 3/4 full when I leave for a trip.

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Posted: 10/17/20 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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mich800 wrote:

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.


Meanwhile while the water is on its way from treatment plant to hose no matter its proximity to the source its traveling through miles of these LOL. A

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No kidding. In Southern Calif almost every water supply comes from std source which has sufficient chlorine/chloramine to kill bacteria ... but as the picture implies that doesn't mean your not going to get a full supply of mineral supplements. And that applies almost everywhere including your home.


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So where else would the gas station be getting water, other than a municipal water supply?

I would use the water but just run it a bit to flush out what's been standing in the hose and immediate supply line.


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And some people pay $$$$ for bottle water.

When we lived on the farm and first got running water in the house vs draw from a well and walking to the outhouse, many people said you should not drink the water from the bathroom sink faucet.


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The water from the service station should be fine. Where that hose has been is another question. I would far prefer to locate a hose bib on the side of the building. Or swap your fresh water hose onto the water fitting of the service hose.


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Posted: 10/18/20 04:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Attack a portable filter to it and you will be good.

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I've never drank water out of a rv tank. I drink from $1 per gallon water bottles from grocery stores - about a half a gallon a day. I have been at so many campgrounds with signs not to drink the water I don't trust any of them. At the same campground, some visits there is a don't drink sign, other times not. What about if after I leave, they discover the water is bad, it could have been bad while I was there.

Compared to the other costs of using a rv, fifty cents a day for drinking water is a luxury I can well afford.

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I would have no problem filling from a gas station water faucet that is "city water". But.......... as others have said, I would use my own hose.


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