Having had filtered drinking water
systems in our last three houses it seemed a natural thing to have one
fitted on JENAL particularly when remembering some of the less
than salubrious water supply places we see on our waterways. Research
tells us; there is no such thing as naturally pure water – water is
life’s natural solvent and it will try to absorb anything it comes into
contact with on its way to our tap. Whilst many of the substances
absorbed are completely harmless, some elements are considered
contaminants. These may make a difference to the smell, taste and
safety of your drinking water.
The long-term cost-effective and convenient way to combat this is with a drinking water filter system. As we have identified, bottled water can be expensive and cumbersome and water filter jugs can be slow and limiting. Literally… having a system ‘on-tap’ gives plenty of high quality drinking water, when you want it.
There are a number of options on the
market to choose from with an equally broad price range, we chose model:
MACGUARD 7500 from
Kinetico. Kinetico drinking water filters are equipped with a
monitoring device called MACguard the ‘MAC’ stands for metered Automatic
Cartridge. The makers words say; MACguard
offers you the ultimate in protection by measuring the amount of water
the unit has filtered and shutting down the system when its 1850 litres
capacity has been reached (about a year's worth of drinking water for an
average family of four). Without MACguard, filters can be overused and
lose their filtration ability. MACguard ensures you and your family
will never get a drop of unfiltered, unhealthy water.
The filtered drinking water supply is tapped into the 22mm line after the main water tank filters and pressure pump otherwise, it wouldn’t work (no flies on us) and before the water softener. They say, drinking softened water is not good for you, it is debatable!!
So, there you have it, the onboard drinking water side is catered for now all I needed to resolve was the water softening side. I again stayed with Kinetico. Their Water Softener automatically matches the water softening process to our water needs… it’s a continuous process. There are no electronic parts to go wrong or drain our batteries, nothing to set or reset, so… nothing to worry about. Even when you leave the barge unattended for months and months. Ideally, you need a reliable and compact one which operates quietly and is virtually maintenance free.
|JENAL water softener installation in the electrics room, beside the calorifier|
To ‘add salt to the wound’ (very bad
pun, apologies) research tells us that 60% of the UK suffers from hard
water, what it’s like in other parts of Europe, is anyone guess but I
suspect, similar. If you have experienced water softeners at home you
will know how they give the user softer, smoother hair and skin because
soft water washes soaps and shampoos completely away. Running
cost-wise; on the one hand, you have to buy salt for the softener but on
the other, a water softener saves money by requiring less concentration
of detergent and cleaning product, by as much as 75%. Those hard water
stains in sinks, baths and toilets become a thing of the past as do
similar marks on washed silver and glassware. The final bonus is
protection for our water-using appliances… soft water will help our
dishwasher, washing machine, shower and hot water heating system work
better and last longer. The calorifier will like you as well because
scale build-up becomes history as does similar scale build up in the
central heating system.
For JENAL I chose the Kinetico model: 2020c. It is a compact water softener (H:487mm x W:215mm x D:458mm), small in size but huge in performance (the makers assure me). As you will see from the water system schematic we have mounted the Kinetico softener in the galley, before the water pipes separate to the calorifier, water heater etc.
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