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Water filter with manual pump faucet?

Hi,

I am in the process of re-doing the fresh water plumbing on my boat, just about done, need to get finished fast, as we leave in the 5th for 2 weeks in the San Juans! Yay! Longest trip yet for us, I am soooooo excited!

Anyway, I was down at WM today looking at stuff and was looking at a water filter. We do not have one currently, but I would like to add one. I have no pressure water system, manual pump sinks only. Can manual pump faucets draw water through a standard filter OK or do I need to look for a special type. The boxes where no help, and the clerks where not sure.

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I wouldn't recommend using an in-line filter for a non-pressurized fresh water system. Use an external filter, like a Brita Water Pitcher instead.

Most manual pumps won't do will considering the pressure required to pull water through the filter. The filters are really designed for PRESSURE water system to PUSH water through them, not for small manual pumps to try and PULL water through them. Most pumps don't like to pull water against much resistance.
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I wouldn't recommend using an in-line filter for a non-pressurized fresh water system. Use an external filter, like a Brita Water Pitcher instead.

Most manual pumps won't do will considering the pressure required to pull water through the filter. The filters are really designed for PRESSURE water system to PUSH water through them, not for small manual pumps to try and PULL water through them. Most pumps don't like to pull water against much resistance.
We installed a SeaGull filter downstream (i.e. under pressure) of our freshwater footpump in the galley and that works OK.
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Garbage In Garbage Out

the water at my marina is , well, nasty. high iron and sulphur well water. i can't use it untreated to wash my boat or fill my tank.
they have a 'portable' filter on a dolly, it weighs about 125 lbs, and is always in the farthest part of the marina (murphy's law and all)
so i decided to build my own portable system, figuring if the water was good coming out of the nozzle, i was better off.
i approached a number of places, hardware, building supply and dedicated water treatment system dealers for ideas, none were of any help. i wanted the system to be portable, but didn't want to have a bracket fabricated for the cost alone. after a few days of looking at the problem i came up w/ this system. i am using my horseshoe buoy bracket to hold the dual filters in place. the primary allows me to see sediment and change the filter as needed, and the secondary uses a charcoal filter to help make the water more palatable.when not in use, it stows nicely in my lazarette.
i also bleached the bejeezus out of my water tank and drained and filled several times.
the system cost less than $100 to put together. (w/ extra filters too).
as i see it, you can now use a simple under sink filter and be good to go.

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I don't like to drink "tank" water if possible, but if necessary and if that is your intention, I carry a "first need" water purifier. simple to use, cheap, pretty efficient. no iodine etc. please see attached links for differences between a filter and a purifier.
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I don't like to drink "tank" water if possible, but if necessary and if that is your intention, I carry a "first need" water purifier. simple to use, cheap, pretty efficient. no iodine etc. please see attached links for differences between a filter and a purifier.
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i agree, however, for these folk, they appear to have no other solution.
as for me, it is more about not having an "orange" deck from the iron oxide, than drinking the stuff.
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For as long as it has the essential parts, it's ok to use.
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In my Santana525 with a 10 gallon fresh water tank:
I installed a 1/2 size carbon filter inline after the 12 volt water pump. I treat the water with bleach to control the bugs and use the carbon filter to rid the bleach smell. Its worked for over 12 yrs....
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