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Old 02-12-2009
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Watermaker brine discharge question

I have a HRO watermaker aboard my new boat and it functions without a problem, all of the pressures and flow rates are correct and the water produced tastes "right" (after using a Brita water filter). But when running at anchor I see that there is a black discharge from the system and don't know what is causing it. The discharge is dark black but does not seem to be oil - neither the high-pressure pump oil level is changing nor does the discharge flow to the surface as an oil/water emulsion might.

My only guess is that this could be normal for watermakers so I am throwing this out here to see if anyone might shed some light on this.
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