I live in a coastal community in North Carolina. While I will use the
tap water for cooking and washing, I refuse to drink it because of the
taste. The ice cubes made by the automatic ice cube maker in the
freezer are similarly afflicted... sulfurous odor and taste. The
solution thus far has been to buy bottled water in 1 gallon jugs and
bags of ice from the grocery store.
Surely there's a better way.
I've looked at several websites that claim to remove tastes and odors
but I'm hoping to hear from someone who lives in a beach community and
has found a way to filter the water that works.
The town water will actually etch a line in the porcelain of a toilet
over a long period of time. That can't be a good thing.
If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach, SC you know how my water tastes.
No, not the ocean water!)
Topsail Beach, NC
If you are handy type get a under sink multi stage RO filter system and
install it. That'll do it. I installed 6 stage filter/RO/UV light system
from eBay and we quit using bottled water. Cost was very reasonable.
Good points, but:
1. Water for consumption is cheap - you won't even hit the minimum monthly
2. Vitamin/mineral pill supplements are also cheap.
3. There is no "Recommended Minimum Daily Allowance" for Sulfur, Cadmium,
Tin, and other assorted minerals.
With a family I had an RO running all the time just to make enough
water, more of a pain in the ass but it was wasting maybe 200 gallons
a month constantly dripping, dripping, dripping. It might be deionized
water that has everything removed, and ive heard your fillings can
fall out from it
They waste more than that, more like 3 or 4 gallons for every 1 gallon
produced, depending on the state of the filters and the raw water
quality. I collect my wastewater for the washing machine and sanitary
use. With just 2 people drinking, we have more wastewater than we can
I have well water, plenty to waste. What minerals? Get some vitamins.
SOme water has too many minerals, some has very little or the wrong
amounts. You can't depend on water to get essential minerals. Salt is a
mineral, drink ocean water.
Water doesn't waste.It recycles. It goes down the drain, out to the
ocean, evaporates and rains back down on your then drains into the water
source. By the way, evaporated water has NO minerals, they stay in the
The way it's been done for hundreds of thousands of years. When the
water dries up and the food is gone, you move on. People today think
everything is going to stay the same forever. The earth don't work that
There are many different types and costs of filters for different
needs. You should find what your locals use that isnt the most
expensive, but works. The water dept and restaurants should know what
is cheapest to run. If you cant drink it you shouldnt be cooking with
it, food will taste better with filtered water.
Start with something as simple and cheap as a Brita filter on the counter.
Then look at the under sink filters for the cold water line. I don't know
what makes "beach" water any worse than our, but a simple carbon filter
works for me. If you can install the filter ahead of the tap for the ice
maker, that takes care of both.
I'd give that a try first myself. They really work!
I don't know what makes coastal water bad, either- but I knew exactly
what he was talking about when he said it. Only lived on the coast
for a few months while in the service- [NC & SC & VA-- but we vacation
from Cape Cod to Northern New Brunswick-- and I can rarely drink the
tap water where we stay- or even the water the eateries serve. [Unless
I see a big "We serve bottled water" sign] IMO the water from SC
to NB is consistently awful.
I was in Mrytle Beach for the first time in March, I think, for almost
4 days. I expected a tropical vacation, but it snowed!
I'm sure I drank the tap water at the hotel.
At our hosts' home and the reception, I might not have.
I thought the tap water at Caribbean Resorts Hotel was fine. Do they
filter it? Maybe they'll tell you what they do**.
But don't ever get on their mailing list. They emailed me every four
days. How often do they think I want to go to SC anyhow, and do they
think I have no memmory?
**If they won't tell you, I'd consider going door to door there, or
whereever you live, starting with the neighbors you know, until you
find people who have solved your particular problem. Most will be
glad to help you. I give you credit for using a good subject line.
It will help find people here who know about your problme, IF there
are any. (Here people are pretty good, but a windows XP newsgropu,
some people just make the subject line "XP problem".
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