Monday, August 31, 2009
Testing the water...so to speak
Finally, I put my plan into action and tested whether or not I can drink pool water with my filters. I began with purchasing a 1HP, 8.9 gallon transfer pump; tried to run it with my 400 Watt power box, my battery bank and 1500 watt inverter, RV water filter, food grade water hose, and my ZeroWater filter & digital test stick.
On the back of the test stick there is a PPM chart, which reads from 0 to 500+. 0 PPM is the best and 500+ is the U.S. EPA's max contamination level.
0 to 50 is pure water
50 - 100 carbon filters & mountain spring water
100 - 200 hard water
200 - 400 Average tap water
400 - 500 High tap or spring water
500 + U.S. EPA's max contamination level
The pump worked great, except it took a bit of work to get it primed. I know...I know...it's a transfer pump, not a sump pump. Ultimately, the water pressure was so great, I am considering attaching a regular hose and spray nozzle and using it for an emergency shower.