02 Apr Healthy and tasty drinking water on board with Wave Flostream water filters
Many boaters carry bottled water or bulky water storage containers for their fresh drinking water rather than use the boat’s tank and tap. This is often because water from the boat’s tank tastes bad, and also has the risk of containing bacteria and bugs.
Now there’s a solution with the Flostream water filter. Simply by fitting the water filter between the water tank and the tap, the Flostream cartridge removes all major contaminants from the water including lead and other heavy metals, chlorine and chlorine by-products, cyst and other harmful bacteria. With its built-in bacteriostatic control, the Flostream will prevent any risk of micro-bacterial growth when the water filter is not in use. The Flostream also removes limescale, helping keep taps and sinks clean.
Kate Fortnam of The Green Blue, the joint environmental awareness programme between the RYA and British Marine says, “Using a Flostream filter avoids potential health dangers associated with drinking water from plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A and phthalates. Users also save money on the cost of bottled water and help the environment by reducing plastic waste.”
Rebecca and Colin Field have fitted a Flostream onto their 36 foot Westerly Corsair Cariad. The couple, who are experienced recreational sailors have recently taken a sabbatical from their jobs and are setting off on an eight month sailing adventure. Departing from Bristol the couple have headed to Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, where they are currently in lock down. Once able to travel again, their route will take them from Ireland to Scotland, then across the North Sea to cruise around Norway, Sweden and Denmark, before heading back to the UK via the Netherlands.
Rebecca says “We wanted to make our journey as sustainable as possible so we took advice from The Green Blue about products we could use and adaptions we could make to Cariad.” The couple installed the Flostream easily into the area beneath the galley sink so it is filtering the water which comes out of the galley taps. She says, “The water has more taste than it did before we installed the Flostream filter. It certainly tastes a lot nicer, and it looks clearer in the glass too, which is a great result.”
Dan Maund of Halyard, the UK and Ireland distributor for Wave International products, says “The Flostream’s filter is certified to NSF 42 and 53 standards to ensure that all chlorine taste and bad odour is removed via the replaceable filter. Depending on use, the filter normally only needs changing once a year and as a compact unit, can be located in an easily accessible cupboard”.
The Flostream filter comes in two compact sizes: The Flow2 is 265mm tall by 85mm diameter and delivers two litres per minute. The larger Flostream HiFlo10 is 390mm by 110mm diameter and delivers ten litres per minute. Simple to install with twist lock head and 10mm, 12mm or 15mm push fit connections, Flostream water filters are ideal for boats, motor homes, campervans and welfare vehicles.
In addition to the Flostream, Cariad has also been fitted with a Wavestream bilge filter. Installed between the bilge and bilge discharge, this ensures only clean, oil-free water is discharged overboard.
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