My family drinks a lot of water, so when we head out with the RV we wondered what we would do. We do not buy bottled water. Why? Well, because bottled water is a huge waste of resources! Not only are you paying a lot of money for something that comes out of your faucet for pennies, but there are many other reasons. Such as the fact that bottled water isn't held to as high of quality standards as municipal/city water supplies, and that twice as much water was put into making the bottle than the amount of water that is actually in the bottle. But it doesn't stop there.
The water bottles are an environmental disaster, first taking lots of resources (oil and water) to make, and then they only a tiny percentage of them are actually recycled. Again, I will say that they are an environmental disaster, especially when there are millions of people around the world who don't have daily access to clean water. Yet the environment and world water shortage issues aren't the only reason to bypass bottled water. Your own health is, too! When plastic heats up, it emits chemicals. So, if your water bottles are sitting around getting warm, guess what? Your plastic bottle is leaching nasty chemicals into your water, then you come along and drink them right down. Ugh.
So what are the options? Well, we bought our RV well over a year ago and we take it out monthly to camp in. We started out filling our stainless steel containers that we have at home and taking them into the RV with us. That works just fine, except we have lots of stainless steel bottles filled with water that we are lugging out on each trip (a box of them to be exact), because there are four of us and we all drink a lot of water. Although that worked, I grew tired of doing that. So a couple of months ago I decided to take one empty stainless steel bottle on our trip. Each night, I would fill it up with tap water (from the water source our RV is hooked up to), and put it in the refrigerator, so the next day we have cold water. That worked fine, but I have to admit that the water had a "funny" kind of taste, and I didn't care for that strange taste at all. Granted, I know that the water is the same city water and is held to standards, but it didn't taste like water I get out of my home system. So I didn't stop there...
We came across the Camco Taste Pure Carbon Water Filter at Walmart in their RV section, and decided to give it a try! I liked that it said it reduces any tastes, odors, and removes some heavy metals, etc. For around $20, it seemed like a good thing to give a try. Well, this week we took it out while we spent four nights camping. The verdict? It's great! I took my stainless steel water bottle and filled it up, put it in the refrigerator each night, and the next day we had clean water that tasted great. Just like the water that comes out of my filtered fridge at home. Yay!
The RV water filter is well worth the purchase. You will save money on buying bottled water or lugging water back and forth. Just use the city water source your RV is hooked up to, and use a water filter with it. Two thumbs up for the Camco Taste Pure Carbon Water Filter!