Two things here, in quickly scanning through this.... I have two things to help you with, and trust me, I know what I am talking about
First 1) One of my specialties is water sterilization systems for remote
areas. You do not need that for civilized water. However, in foreign ports
the normal K-mart type household filter is useless. High pressure carbon filtration will take care of chloro-amines (left over from chlorination) and any trace chemicals or pesticides or herbicides. But in foreign ports
you need to be aware of Hep virus that you cannot filter, it is a sub-micro virus... SUB Micro, that means even with Doulton high pressure ceramic filtration that we use as primary filtration, is only good for the normal micro organisms and bacteria that make you sick.. The Doulton ceramic is the best, in that when the flow rate goes down you take it out and it is coffee brown, but is re-usable as you just scrub it down until it turns white again... Anyway that will take care of almost all micro organisms that can make you sick, just not Hep Virus... The Doulton will allow you to fill tanks at a rate of about three litres a minute, pretty slow, but very safe..
In civilizations water, all you need is the high pressure carbon filtration, it is only cosmetic, but improves the taste.... The water sterilization systems I put together (not for sale
, I am not commercial
, there is no commercial
slant here) anyway the primary filtration is the Doulton ceramic, then high pressure carbon, then U.V. sterilization at 2700 angstroms.. (Blinding Ultra Violet in a stainless housed unit...) Not necessary for most of you Yachties..
AND number 2) There is a TOXIC word here, GARDEN HOSE... Normal garden hose in the sun, release carcinogenic toxins into the water... THAT is the plastic taste you get out of them... You should use reinforced food
grade hose, comes in white or light blue, and you put your own fittings on it. Then you will not get the cancer causing toxins, AND you get away from most of that plastic taste that will actually contaminate your tanks and lines with that plastic taste (toxic)...
Kind regards to all, Helia 44