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Melissa & Dave - Adventures at Sea

Turning Deisel Into Water

August 11, 2013

One of the biggest projects we had to complete in Seattle was the water maker.  As we had no desire to drink the water in Mexico, and filling 250 gallons of tankage with bottled water seemed impractical - we decided a water maker was a "must have" before we started the trip south.  It was a ton of work, but when Dave fired it up the first time it worked flawlessly and without any leaks.  The way the water maker works is by reverse osmosis.  So basically a big pump pushes salt water from the ocean through a membrane to make fresh desalinated water.  The water maker is installed below the couch and under the floor boards in the main cabin.

 

When Dave tested the water with the particulate meter, it showed there were only 92 ppm (parts per million) in the water.  Drinkable water is considered to be 1,500 ppm or less of solids in the water - so this is some pretty clean water we've got!

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