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Water filter when using foot (versus electric) pump

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If you have a foot pump to your sink, share with me about your water filter system.

I'm pretty clear about the water I drink and have been hauling the drinking and cooking water that I use in my house from a fresh spring for over a decade. I don't drink tap, city, or plastic bottled water. Obviously this makes things not so easy when I need to refill my van water tank. I'll have to deal.
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Nothing is set in stone but, as of right now, my plan is to have 18+/-gallon water tank with foot pump. I don't want any more electrical and I also think I'll save more water this way (plus more exercise is good).

How have you set this up? I know there's a filter I can get for at the hose before I fill the tank but what do you do indoors? Does it work well enough with a foot pump? Is there enough pressure built?

TIA for your wisdom and experience. And pics of your set-up would be great, including the ends of the water tank... your set-up for filling the thing.
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If you have a foot pump to your sink, share with me about your water filter system.

I'm pretty clear about the water I drink and have been hauling the drinking and cooking water that I use in my house from a fresh spring for over a decade. I don't drink tap, city, or plastic bottled water. Obviously this makes things not so easy when I need to refill my van water tank. I'll have to deal.
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Nothing is set in stone but, as of right now, my plan is to have 18+/-gallon water tank with foot pump. I don't want any more electrical and I also think I'll save more water this way (plus more exercise is good).

How have you set this up? I know there's a filter I can get for at the hose before I fill the tank but what do you do indoors? Does it work well enough with a foot pump? Is there enough pressure built?

TIA for your wisdom and experience. And pics of your set-up would be great, including the ends of the water tank... your set-up for filling the thing.
Hi Shanti,
We are planning on a foot-pumped water system in our van. I like both the simplicity and the control, which should lead to conserving precious water. My initial plan is to use 5 gallon jerry cans, and consider installing a larger water tank later.

As far as filtering, I suspect that the degree you are interested in would require a gravity-type filter such as the Brita or the Berkey, which is very popular with vanlifers.

Cheers,
Bob
Here in Anchorage, our city water comes from a glacier fed lake via relatively modern infrastructure. It's really good water. I feel sorry for you folks in the Lower 48. A lot of you are drinking really bad water. Remember Flint, MI?

To the OP, you might consider a reverse osmosis machine.
The problem with the water in Flint MI was not the source, it was the distribution system.
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City water, the tap water in Racine Wis. and Shreveport La. has caused me to run to the store for Imodium AD. Not all US city systems are up to Standards.
Boil Water Alerts are common in Jackson Ms. I live twenty miles south of there and our water is full of sulfur, Making it almost undrinkable because of the taste.
Unfortunately, water system management is a local issue in the US. And like many things technical, the tap water quality is generally better in big cities than in small towns. A future nomad needs to prepare for this reality.
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