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Are You Filtering your Fresh Water?

...and if so, how? The filter jugs (e.g., Britta) seem unfriendly to galleys. (tops do not stay on, need to remain upright, etc.)
My galley sl*ve, oops mate, wants to know how cruisers who filter their water go about doing it.
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The previous owner installed a household type water filter setup in Nikko like are used in homes. They're pretty reasonably priced and available at Home Depot and other box stores.
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My mate carried jugs of water to the boat each weekend for YEARS before I convinced her that the filter at the galley was good to drink.

We use a dedicated filtered tap on our pressure cold water side, but nothing on the rest of the pressure water system or unpressured system. It works great, no taste, no smell. I plan to install a household filter on the cold water side at each faucet too.
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We filter all of our water through a 5 micron filter then an activated charcol filter then UV lights. We also use a britta filter at the galley sink...
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We use a regular water filter that screws onto the galley faucet. It makes for very slow flow, but if we need to fill a pitcher with water, then we put it under and wait awhile. Of course, twice I left it by mistake while the diesel was running - can't hear the water pump. The flow is slow and *silent* I probably lost a couple gallons that way.
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We have a separate spigot in the galley with a house style fillter. We filter water for coffee, tea, drinking water.
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We bought a whole house filter from Home Depot that uses a charcoal insert. Yes, it's just for taste - it won't stop bacteria from growing. We put a small amount of bleach in our tanks each time we fill them to kill bacteria. The filter pulls out the chlorine taste.
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Periodically "shock" the tanks with a high dose of chlorine bleach and let set for 1-2 days then empty and rinse w/ good known clean water. then when filling from random sources, filter w/ micron filter followed by carbon filter.
This assembly is attached to the end of the hose bib used when filling tanks. eliminating problems of contaminating the tanks w/ particulate and minimizing organic growth issues.
Seems to make more sense than just filling and then trying to treat/filter after potentially polluting the tanks with particulate and what have you. also easier to change out filters and sample filtered product prior to intruducing it into the "clean" tank and supply lines,pumps,valves,etc.
I also try to keep track of when and where I fill each tank (I have 3 soon 4) so that I don't have one tank not being used for an extended period further minimizing organic growth issues.
Nothing worse than opening the last tank and finding out the water tastes badly or has other issues.
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I have a filter off the tank before the 5.7 pump; then we also use a Lg Britta pitcher for drinking
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For me it totally depends on where I am getting the water from.
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