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13 Feb 2016 10:57 by Jimmc Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

Hi everyone- new to your site.

We have a casa in the country in  Canada in the Valencia region which does not have mains water and which is now due to be for completion with the local town hall.

I have had irrigation water supplied to my casa for some time. I was originally told by our architect that an osmosis system would be suitable for drinking water which i understand it is not.

i was later told that I required potable water for drinking which would likely be bottled or tank delivered if required.

I am now told that I need potable water for all water systems in the house including washing, toilet etc and I am having real difficulty finding out why. The irrigation water is filtered and suitable for washing and has been used as such for some time. I can't find anyone else who has to do this, but my plumber is intimating that it is the architect and his plans rather than the local ayuntamiento.

Any ideas on the reasoning and cost of a full blown water system for the house? All internal pipe work fitted.

 

 





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13 Feb 2016 14:18 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

I guess you mean Cañada ?

Useful tip:   To type an ñ  if you do not have it on your keyboard, hold down the  'alt' key and type 164  you will get an  ñ.  

(ascii codes produce all manner of symbols. I use 156 as  do not have a £ on my Spanish keyboard)

Reverse osmosis produces  potable water  which is devoid of minerals.  From internet research, I see is OK to drink.





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13 Feb 2016 20:48 by Jimmc Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

Many thanks. Using my iPad at mo so difficult but yes I did mean that.

 

i am told that reverse osmosis is fine except for bacteriological problems. Even so my issue is I need potable water for the loo, shower, washing machine etc. 





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13 Feb 2016 21:20 by floella Star rating in SE Spain. 779 posts Send private message

Although irrigation water has millions and millions of bugs and is a cause of Legionnaires it is only really dangerous through inhalation. So your only danger is via your shower heads so suggest before sticking your upturned face underneath make sure you run through with hot water first.  Also ensure shower heads are frequently and  rigorously cleansed. For all other washing and bathroom requirements this water is perfectly fine to use.

For cooking, campo folk we know either collect water from the free facilities in the local towns or have it tankered in. For drinking, without boiling,  then it's bottled only.

The only people who have problems with irrigation water are the elderly, very young or those with other health issues and even then it is only through inhaling water droplets.

10 years ago it cost us over € 2000 to connect to the mains and the pipe work was only 18 metres from our house so unless you have a very close supply the cost is probably prohibitive.





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14 Feb 2016 04:17 by Jimmc Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

Many thanks. I have no worries re the irrigation water and use for showering etc. But I am being told that I need potable water for showering, toilet use etc. This seems unusual and I wondered if anyone else had been required to do this or am I the only one. It seems a waste and expense to use delivered water to flush the toilet for example.





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14 Feb 2016 08:18 by floella Star rating in SE Spain. 779 posts Send private message

So, who is actually telling you you need " potable " water ? Your plumber ! 





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14 Feb 2016 19:53 by Jimmc Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

My architect and apparently the town hall. The plumber thinks they are mad!





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15 Feb 2016 08:33 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

Tip:   To type an Ñ on an Ipad, just hold down the N and you will see the option.

(NB an Ñ is not an N with an accent but a separate letter in Spanish)





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15 Feb 2016 09:40 by Jimmc Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

Many thanks. I will try that as it caused one respondent to have a hissy fit because I didn't, and that I used the word casa when u am English. Good iPad tip - I am getting old!





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