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Old 10-16-2020, 09:20 AM   #1
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River water filter

Hi y’all! This is my first post on here. ��

I’m in my bus full time parked on a friends ranch while I wait out these crazy times. We’re hooked up to a gravity fed water tank that stores water pumped from a near by river. I only use this water for bathing and dishes.
I’m looking for filter suggestions for the sediment mostly. I’m not looking to drink the water. I can’t spend a lot of money on it right now, but I want to make sure I don’t ruin my water heater. At this time I have a budget of about $100-150. In about a month I can spend up to $400. I just got a new water heater so I want to make sure it’s protected before I set it up.

I’ve been looking at maybe a two canister filter with a sediment only filter in each canister, and then one of the reusable large sediment filters in line before that.
Another thought is to use just two of the reusable filters with different size mesh filters. (The filters with the flushable feature.)

Or for the two canister filter... one sediment and one filter for the bacteria and other contaminants from the river. I don’t know if that’s an issue with the water heater and plumbing.
Also... the river water is a little brackish so I’m not sure if that will affect anything as far as filter choices. It is affecting my fixtures however.

Again I’m not looking to drink the water so I don’t want to go overboard. I just want to keep my water heater and plumbing safe.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:42 AM   #2
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Just use an rv water filter. They plumb in line and attach with just a standard garden hose connector. Campers and RV's use them all the time when filling their tanks.

They'll do precisely what your after, are commonly available, and aren't that expensive. Change it every other month or so depending on your water usage.
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Just use an rv water filter. They plumb in line and attach with just a standard garden hose connector. Campers and RV's use them all the time when filling their tanks.

They'll do precisely what your after, are commonly available, and aren't that expensive. Change it every other month or so depending on your water usage.
Thanks for your response
I’ve been using them and they last a couple of weeks. The water is still brown with sediment actually in my bathtub.

I just bought two less expensive ones from amazon and they didn’t last a day before they were so clogged they almost stopped the water flow.
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I watch Homestead Rescue a lot and they often use rocks and sand from the property in question to make a natural filter. I'm sure this could be done, but I'm sure as well certain factors and principles of functionality could call the practicality into question.
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Rocks and Sand are the cheap and easy solution here, particularly for a stationary setup.

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I watch Homestead Rescue a lot and they often use rocks and sand from the property in question to make a natural filter. I'm sure this could be done, but I'm sure as well certain factors and principles of functionality could call the practicality into question.
I love love love that show. I wish they would just come out here and make me a rain water catchment system out of cactus or something. And then they figure out a way to make it rain lol. Iím in west/central texas.

I also wish there was a way I could be getting watch the shows for ideas, but the internet reception out here is spotty at best.
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Yeah, if you're plugging those camper filters up that much, you need to run the water going into your gravity fed tank through a filtration system of some sort. Even straining it through cheese cloth or some fabric would help.
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Maybe run the water going into the tank through a 5 gallon bucket filter. A lot of DIY ideas on the internet for them. Some use pool sand, others use old pillow stuffing, whatever you have laying around.
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Maybe run the water going into the tank through a 5 gallon bucket filter. A lot of DIY ideas on the internet for them. Some use pool sand, others use old pillow stuffing, whatever you have laying around.
Thatís a great idea! The 5 gallon bucket seems way more achievable that a 30 or 50 gallon drum like Iíve been seeing.
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