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Old 14-02-2019, 15:15   #1
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x-Post: Dock water in Ensenada

Hi all,

I'm so glad you are here. We are new residents in the Hotel Coral Marina, Ensenada, and I'm struggling with where to get our water - silly question, right?

The Spectra 400 water maker filters only last a few days with the dirty in-harbor water.

Will a West Marine inline water filter be enough to provide us with safe water to drink from the dock? Can I add a charcoal filter inline, after the West Marine filter, to improve the taste?

And if you are a Spectra customer - what about chlorine? Is it in the water here and am I correct that I want to keep it out of my freshwater tank? Reason being the water maker uses water from the fresh water tank for its flush cycle and chlorine in the water will damage the Spectra internals.

Respectfully reaching out to those with more experience,

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Re: x-Post: Dock water in Ensenada

Ensenada has a water delivery and sanitation infrastructure, but the water is overly chlorinated and unpredictable. Communities are subdivided into colonies of 15 to 30 families and are connected by PVC pipe to the municipal water main.
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Yes, an activated charcoal pre-filtre will remove chlorine.
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Re: x-Post: Dock water in Ensenada

When I lived in Punta Banda (outside of Ensenada) we purchased drinking water from the water store. You just brought in your 5 gallon jugs and they filled them with purified water. They even had a 3 wheel motorcycle that delivered. Non drinking water was brought in by a large water truck (clean but high mineral content so didn't taste good) and put in a cistern. It was inexpensive (if I remember correctly it was something like <100 pesos for 50 gallons) Granted I was land based at the time.

If it was me I'd just find a local supplier to deliver drinking water to the boat and go back to your water maker when you leave the harbor.
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Re: x-Post: Dock water in Ensenada

water is delivered for drinking, neatly put into 5 gallon garfones and sealed. find out from your marina when this occurs and order from marina or flag down a delivery truck or take garafones to purification center aka water store.
tap water is for washing. not drinking.
if you wish to filter your marina water, filter stores are available for inline filters for your hose and or boat systems.
your marina is an excellent source of information. use em well. they are very helpful.
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Multipure 750 water filter system, with a solid carbon block. If Iím not mistaken, I think it filters approximately 99 contaminates. My friend replace the filter every 6 months. So they can drink from tank, of which is 250 gal. On a side note, some of these contaminates can cause serious health problems.

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You might want to consider one of these relatively inexpensive and very convenient filtration/purification systems. We used one on our 4 year cruise through Mexico, Central America, and the South Pacific. There are several companies making these units, but here's a link to one of them to get you started in your search. Good luck!


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I posted a few minutes ago with a link to a filter/purifier that was similar to one we used offshore. I have just located the webpage for the exact system that we used - higher rate of flow and much less expensive. Hope this helps.
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