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While we’ve always sanitized, and drank directly from, our RV’s fresh water tank, we know a lot of people aren’t comfortable that their RV’s water supply is safe to drink. They might be concerned about the water sitting in the tank, or the wide variety of unknown sources that they hook up to. They might lack confidence in their sanitizing methods, or maybe they’re just extra-sensitive to bleach.
Whatever the reason, we hear from people all the time that they haul bottled water around because they’re uncomfortable with the thought of drinking from their RV’s faucets, whether from the tank or from a campground connection.
While we’ve been drinking directly from our RV’s water system for over 14 years, and we’ve never suffered any ill effect from it, we certainly understand some people’s hesitance to do the same. Even though we thoroughly sanitize our system a couple of times a year, we know that the potential exists to pick up a bug from one of the many water systems we connect to as we travel. That’s especially true for those of us who spend a lot of time, and fill our tank, at remote or isolated campgrounds, since the water sources there may contain no protective chlorine at all.
But the prospect of buying, storing and lugging bottled water around has always been a deal-breaker for us. We’re just not willing to go through the expense and trouble, not to mention the environmental nightmare involved in the transporting and selling of bottled water. And of course there’s the impact of creating, then disposing of, all those plastic bottles. We love dramatic natural beauty, and try to do our part to avoid being cavalier about practices that ignore the harm that wasteful practices do to our planet.
So we’ve been on the lookout for a solution for all those people who don’t drink the water on their RV. We discovered that a company called Acuva has patented a way to use the same type of purification method that major cities use to make water safe to drink: ultraviolet light. The UV lamps that cities like Paris, Vancouver and New York use to purify their drinking water are too large, and draw too much power, to be workable in a mobile environment.
But the advent of UV LEDs enabled Acuva to design purification systems that are small enough and energy efficient enough to work great for the marine industry. Now they’ve taken that same technology and designed a system that’s even more compact, with the RV industry specifically in mind.
Watch the video for more details about the Acuva Eco water purifier, and see the step-by-step overview of how we installed one in our RV. We’ve been using it in a variety of locations, both hooked up in remote campgrounds, and boondocking… drinking right out of our fresh tank.
We’re really impressed with the quality of the Eco, so we’re happy to announce that Acuva has just become the newest company to be added to our Discounts page.
Acuva is offering a special deal to our viewers. Visit www.acuvatech.com and use the Promo Code RVGEEKS at checkout, and get 10% OFF any Acuva water purification system.
Ditch the bottled water! Major cities sanitize their drinking water using ultraviolet light, and now you can, too. Acuva’s UV-LED system makes water safe to drink, using a fraction of the space...Show More
Ditch the bottled water! Major cities sanitize their drinking water using ultraviolet light, and now you can, too. Acuva’s UV-LED system makes water safe to drink, using a fraction of the space and power… perfect for RVs.
Get 10% off any Acuva system when shopping online at Acuva's website and using the discount code listed here.Show Less
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