I just completed the install on a new Spectra Ventura 150 (manual) watermaker
. Per Spectra's instructions, I ran it with the pressure relief valve open for over 20 minutes and then closed the pressure relief valve and started sampling. In just a couple of minutes it was producing 7 gph of fresh water
with salinity of 85 ppm. Awesome!
However, even after running it for more than an hour, the water
still smelled of chemicals. (I'm assuming from the preservative solution it is shipped with). I ran it again it the pressure relief valve open for 20 more minutes and then made some more water with the same result. I finally did a fresh water flush and called it a day.
Is this common? How long should I expect before the water is drinkable?