Ever feel like you’re not getting enough minerals in your diet? Do you take daily supplements to compensate for bad eating habits? Let me pour you a cold glass of water and tell you how you can change all that.
California is in the midst of a serious drought right now, and our reservoirs are at 25 year lows. The State is going on water rationing right now (glad I don’t have a front yard any more), and my favorite salmon & steelhead river was just closed to all fishing. But we live down in the Delta, the largest flood plane in California. and we get our Marina water from hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth. Of course, water is not all that comes out of our faucet.
If you happen to be a regular reader of our ramblings, you’ve probably already seen the content of the water tank we removed. I haven’t built the bilge platform for the new poly tanks yet, so for now we’re pulling water of the dock tap. Knowing the water around here was a bit chewy with just the slightest whiff of sulfur, we installed a series of filters between our faucet and the hose bib. The first one is a 5 micron sediment canister at the dock supply that feeds the water heater, and the main galley faucet. The second pair in the lazarette filter out sediment, chlorine, lead cysts, and VOC’s, and supplies the small drinking tap in the galley (and eventually the head. None of it however, makes the water taste any better (we’re trucking 6 gallons a week for that purpose), but it does keep the rust off our “clean” dishes.
Back in December we had a week where the temps were in the high 20’s and the water was freezing inside the dock hose. I monkeyed up an insulation wrap just to get us by, but now it was time to tear into it and swap the filter cartridges. I’ve been meaning to change these filters for some time now, and when I finally managed to get inside I knew I should’ve done it sooner. Not only was the cartridge plugged with rust, there was more of that green slime inside the canister. To add insult to injury, when I dumped the scummy water I lost the o-ring for the can into our slip (lucky I had spares).
The secondary filters looked ok but I went ahead and changed them, and while I was at it, soaked the faucet head in CLR to dissolve the mineral deposits. Now, it actually sprays straight again. We have a digital water tester, and the reverse osmosis water we truck home registers zero parts per million for total dissolved solids; pretty much pure H2O. The tap water at our old house in Folsom measured around 23 ppm, and that’s pretty damn good for most municipal sources. The well water that supplies our boat? A whopping 1120 ppm! So skip that Flintstones vitamin and come on down to our boat for some refreshments next time.