Drinking plastic-free and sustainably clean water in the motorhome? What seems the most normal thing for people with an apartment or house and normal tap water isn’t the norm when living the vanlife! However, in more than eight months on the road we managed to avoid plastic bottles and containers – here is how to enjoy plastic free drinking water in the motor home!
Ever since we’ve been in Spain with our motorhome, we have observed that many other motorhomes and vanlifers buy their water in the supermarket and only drink the water from those large 5l or 10l plastic containers. The empty containers can be found in the dumpsters all along the Spanish coast.
No matter what parking lot you are moving to, you can always be pretty sure to find some plastic containers. They can be useful at times; for example if you drain wastewater: let the wastewater flow into the container and pour it into a drain or manhole cove. And yet; nobody needs the thousands of empty containers that are thrown away every day.
So here are our tips on how to drink water in the motorhome without having to buy plastic bottles!
1. A clean water tank
Step one is actually logical, but we still want to emphasize it: whether you buy a new or a second hand motorhome, you should always clean the water tank thoroughly first. The best way to do this is with citric acid; it is biodegradable, completely natural and does do any damage to the material of the tank and the hoses. Simply fill up the tank, pour in citric acid (approx. 300g per 100L) and then it is best to move the camper so that the water in the tank can move around nicely. Then drain the water after 12-24 hours and rinse again. Now the tank is ready for use!
By the way, plastic tanks are installed in most motorhomes. Overall they are completely fine, but if you want to be completely plastic-free, you can also get a stainless steel water tank!
2. Bacteria filter
When you put water into yout tank for the first time, you add a bacteria filter to it. We use one from ae-aqua. It stays in there and filters the water permanently. Other filters work with silver ions or chlorine, which are then respectively consumed with the drinking water. We didn’t really feel comfortable with this so we went for another solution. The filter fabric of the ae-aqua filter is coated with two precious metals. In contact with water, an electrical voltage field develops between the two metals, which reliably kills bacteria.
A bacterial filter ensures that no germs form in the water, no algae, no biofilm, basically no bacteria; and that the already existing amount of bacterial cultures is reduced to an healthy level. When the water comes out of our motorhom taps, it is always as fresh – if not fresher – as it was when it was poured into it.
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3. Carbon filter
To ensure that not only bacteria, but also pesticides, chlorine, hormones, medication residues and everything else that you can find in the drinking water in the EU are filtered out, I recommend filtering the water from the tank again with a simple carbon filter. There are many different simple carbon filters out there. We got one years ago for some 30€ (plus filter) and all we have to do is to change the filter once a month. We have been using the PearlCo filter for a few years and are very satisfied with it.
We made plenty of taste tests and you can definetly taste when you have to change the filter, but even when you can’t taste the difference, there is a small lamp on the filter showing when it is time to change.
4. Re-mineralization and good energy
Finally, our water is remineralized by different quartz. We always have an amethyst, three rock crystals and four rose quartz in our drinking water; they ensure that the water simply tastes even better. And if you want to believe in it, the gemstones also give you positive energy. Of course, I do believe that they do!
We have convinced quite a few former plastic bottle water drinkers with our water throughout the past almost nine months and a few have already bought our filter system and thus saves a lot of plastic waste!
If you have any questions about drinking water in the camper, feel free to write me here or on Instagram!