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Shockingdog
15-06-2012, 11:40
May I ask a question ? I note that at the side of most tesco petrol stations is the free "Air and Water" top up bay. Can anyone confirm if it's ok to drink this water?
Thanks.

vwalan
15-06-2012, 11:48
hi. i think thats too hard for anyone on here to answer with any certainty. it might not be mains water .could be rain water caught from the roof etc. try asking in the service station. they may also have a potable water tap that they will let you use to be safe.
i have used garage taps myself but very often ask first.
harvesting rain water these days is being done to supply toilets etc then the garage etc arent charged for importing the water or the sewage charge for export. same as a household on a water meter. i harvest rain water to cut water bills makes a big differance .
ask first play it safe.

Firefox
15-06-2012, 12:20
At my Tesco on the pay pillar there is air and screen wash.

There is also a tap with water and it says "do not drink"

When you operate the tap it is obviously under mains pressure. My guess is that they put the "do not drink" sign on just to cover themselves. If it comes from the mains it should be OK. In any case I put purification tabs in mine as it may stand around a while before use.

Anyway, assumptions you make about mains water are obviously at your own risk, but often supermarkets put on these kind of warnings to cover themselves in these days of stupid litigation claims. A classic example would be "Recipe does not contain nuts but cannot guarantee nut free as equipment used to prepare food previously which may have contained nuts... yada yada"

MORGANTHEMOON
15-06-2012, 12:22
At my Tesco on the pay pillar there is air and screen wash.

There is also a tap with water and it says "do not drink"

When you operate the tap it is obviously under mains pressure. My guess is that they put the "do not drink" sign on just to cover themselves. If it comes from the mains it should be OK. In any case I put purification tabs in mine as it may stand around a while before use.

Anyway, assumptions you make about mains water are obviously at your own risk, but often supermarkets put on these kind of warnings to cover themselves in these days of stupid litigation claims. A classic example would be "Recipe does not contain nuts but cannot guarantee nut free as equipment used to prepare food previously which may have contained nuts... yada yada"

That's just nuts!

Russtic
15-06-2012, 12:40
I once tried getting water from a water and air docking area the water came out brown and stinking, never again. Plus the fact that the water sits in a rubber hose of indeterminate length on a coil, bring on the legionnaires:tongue:

snowbirds
15-06-2012, 12:59
Hi Shockingdog,


If in doubt drink beer

Snowbirds:cheers::cheers:






May I ask a question ? I note that at the side of most tesco petrol stations is the free "Air and Water" top up bay. Can anyone confirm if it's ok to drink this water?
Thanks.

Sparks
15-06-2012, 13:05
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vwalan
15-06-2012, 13:10
think legionaires is caught by breathing the germs not drinking them .

Firefox
15-06-2012, 13:34
That's just nuts!

LOL well I trust you've seen this one too:


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Gadabout2
15-06-2012, 14:19
We look out for garages or supermarkets with a busy car wash attached......if the water usage is high and high pressure then it must be a) coming off the mains, and b) not being held for long in a storage tank. Both should pretty well guarantee the water is fit to drink. This even works in France!

scenictraveller
15-06-2012, 14:25
if you get water from any unsure source boil it x2 just to make sure.

how long you boil if for is a find lord lucan answer.

Gadabout2
15-06-2012, 14:33
We have never had any problems by looking out for garages or supermarkets with a busy car wash attached. This guarantees that a)the high pressure and volume must mean its coming off the mains, and b) the regular use means water is never held for very long in a holding tank. so should be fit to drink....even on the continent.

scenictraveller
15-06-2012, 14:42
another source for water is allotments,they usually have taps in a central location,

and it will be drinkable as thye usually have to pay for it.

MORGANTHEMOON
15-06-2012, 14:44
another source for water is allotments,they usually have taps in a central location,

and it will be drinkable as thye usually have to pay for it.

That's stealing!

Smaug
15-06-2012, 14:50
That's stealing!

Not if you pee on their vegetables to add Nitrogen fertiliser in return . . . :banana:

Footpad
15-06-2012, 15:13
As has been pointed out on another post, churches and graveyards usually have taps for watering flowers and as a sailor I head for harbours and marinas they always have taps if you can get in. I carry a key that fits the square top of a tap spindle cos many in public places have the Tee top removed to keep us out.

Bigpeetee
15-06-2012, 16:34
Small adjustable works well too, sometimes they do this in public loos to stop some idiot flooding the place.

Anyone just tried knocking on the door if there's a MH in the driveway??

vwalan
15-06-2012, 16:37
i have knocked on doors many a time .just have a say 10 litre plastic bottle . works in any country . i have advised this before on several threads . never been turned down.

John Thompson
15-06-2012, 18:09
I once tried getting water from a water and air docking area the water came out brown and stinking, never again. Plus the fact that the water sits in a rubber hose of indeterminate length on a coil, bring on the legionnaires:tongue:

Legionaires is caught from fine mist of water like in showers. You can drink the water with no ill effect. This was pointed out with the current Edinburgh outbreak.

John

Viktor
16-06-2012, 00:02
Shockingdog just carry one of these depending on your water volume needs and you need never worry about drinking water again.

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Geedave
16-06-2012, 04:11
My van is old I am the third owner so I only use the on board water with sterilizing tabs for washing and showers, I use bottle water for drinking all supermarkets sell it most do special offers Morrison's had buy 2 one free one 1 galls only, I also reuse them by filling from my home http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/forums/images/smilies/wacko.gif

Bongo
16-06-2012, 06:12
We have never had any problems by looking out for garages or supermarkets with a busy car wash attached. This guarantees that a)the high pressure and volume must mean its coming off the mains, and b) the regular use means water is never held for very long in a holding tank. so should be fit to drink....even on the continent.

Most, if not all, modern car washes I believe use re-cycled water so I wouldn't rely on this advice. I remember a few years ago, when we had a severe drought conditions and water usage bans were in place, the local car wash were permitted to carry on doing business because their water was recycled and filtered.

David & Ann
16-06-2012, 08:38
i have knocked on doors many a time .just have a say 10 litre plastic bottle . works in any country . i have advised this before on several threads . never been turned down.

July, 2010 driving through the Pryennes towards our destination in Murcia, we were running low on water. Hit a small village and took my 18L plastic container with a tap on one end and asked a local elderly lady for water. My Ann walked with her, while I followed her for about 200 metres. She gave us all the water we wanted. Insisted we had a snack, which we had as she was very pesistent. The whole episode from start to finish was about 1 1/2 hours. Before we left, Ann put a few things very English, Baked beans, Carnation milk, Oxo cubes etc, in a plastic bag and gave it to her as a thank you for her hospitality. We could not converse in Spanish or she in English. It was a really wonderful experience.

scenictraveller
16-06-2012, 08:46
i test our buildings every month for legionela our council failed its 100 % H&s test due to 6 trucks not having soapy fluid in the
wash bottles.

simple but as stated above its the mist that effects/vapour that will give you it.

ricc
16-06-2012, 09:02
i always carry bottled water for drinking, either fresh from the supermarket or refilled from a trusted source. that way you dont have to worry about whats growing in yer onboad tank.

vwalan
16-06-2012, 09:39
hi. i drove for our local water board .i very often got to the scientists in the labs .most knew i visit africa very often and i have always asked questions . we got talking about water and the berkenfeld filter system in my truck. i dont use it much only if water is in doubt . but anyway they all said dont waste money cleaning it out .just empty it and fill with a known chlorinated water like uk mains . leave it a couple of days drain and fill up and go. they say the chlorination is enough. personally i hve as far as i know never had upset stomach by drinking the water.
i just followed their advise . sometimes have put river water in as had to . next available good supply fill drain off ,fill again off we go.i very ocasionally use the filter if river water is used for drinking .
if you get chance visit a fresh water site near you .its very interesting how they clean our water. .

vwalan
16-06-2012, 09:44
hi david and ann.
i like you have met lots of folk by asking for water .some i still visit .they are now good friends . its even more so on the desert runs . they know you need water and are only too helpfull. cant be greedy but have spent a few days sometimes at their villages . its amazing ,they hardly anything yet share it with you. i,m sure to this day some think peaches grow on trees in tins in uk. they love them . have fun .we do,

Steeveboy
16-06-2012, 09:54
Fit a 'pure filter' then you really can pee in your tank. But if not to your taste it allows you to top up from anywhere such as springs, rivers, etc. I've been using for last year all over Europe and it really has made a difference. If you're washing up or making tea with boiled water take straight from normal tap. Cold drinks or just wanting to drink water....take from pure filter tap......lovely. Has kept the dog happy too.

vwalan
16-06-2012, 10:05
i find the berkenfeld better as its cheaper on its filters .they are a ceramic candle that can be scrubbed .my mate as the nature pure but finds it soon slows down and loses pressure. .it works though . i just scrub mine and go again . i bought mine 12 years ago from brownchurch landrover people in london . they specialise in expedition vehicles . bought my roof tent from them as well for my vw. must say i find europe ok for good water almost all of the time.
my set up liker steves .the filtered tap is extra . normally just use tank water straight .

Smaug
16-06-2012, 10:11
Goodness, I must be really wierd.

I was brought up to believe that you must eat a peck of dirt before you die. I have drunk from streams & from tap water in many different countries. I have never bothered with filters or sterilisation of tanks (on my boats, caravans or vans) and yet I seldom have tummy upsets. I also don't stress about "use by" dates & will often just remove mouldy bits of cheese, jam, bread, black pudding, pate etc & eat the rest. Most of these foodstufs were created to make food last long before fridges were invented.

I strongly believe that we need a certain amount of dirt/ bacteria etc in our food regularly to maintain a healthy resistance to ilness. I suspect that the recent huge increases in allergies may at least in part be due to "over cleanliness" in modern family life.

Excuse me, I must go, I need to chase the chickens, goats, sheep & cow back into their own half of the house. :banana: :cool1:

Ste
16-06-2012, 10:22
I just didn't bother fitting a water tank!! Far to much hassle. 2 x 5litre bottles from the supermarket last me & the dog 2 weeks. Only thing I have to worry about is emptying the loo

Shockingdog
16-06-2012, 13:03
I just didn't bother fitting a water tank!! Far to much hassle. 2 x 5litre bottles from the supermarket last me & the dog 2 weeks. Only thing I have to worry about is emptying the loo

Thank you to all the members who took the trouble to reply to my question about finding water.A most interesting selection comments.Regards to all.


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