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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 08:35 (13 days ago)

I just bought and had a fancy schmantzy Reverse Osmosis with Ultra-Violet Light water filtration system installed.
Does anyone know where I might get the water tested to see if the system is doing what it's intended to do?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, March 27, 2020, 13:57 (11 days ago) @ mosesk

I just bought and had a fancy schmantzy Reverse Osmosis with Ultra-Violet Light water filtration system installed.
Does anyone know where I might get the water tested to see if the system is doing what it's intended to do?

See the labs listed on my Guide to Zihuatanejo Medical Services page. They can test it for you. I've seen that setup installed here. I still prefer garrafones.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Friday, March 27, 2020, 14:03 (11 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I just bought and had a fancy schmantzy Reverse Osmosis with Ultra-Violet Light water filtration system installed.
Does anyone know where I might get the water tested to see if the system is doing what it's intended to do?


See the labs listed on my Guide to Zihuatanejo Medical Services page. They can test it for you. I've seen that setup installed here. I still prefer garrafones.

Thanks Rob
Just had a friend come by with a “TDS” gauge.
The system is NOT doing what it’s supposed to.
More on that after some further investigation

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by Fly on the Wall, Friday, March 27, 2020, 15:03 (11 days ago) @ mosesk

Had a similar ultraviolet system installed years ago , hooked up to our fridge . Was a pain in the ass to deal with, plastic pipes cracking, leaks when inserting hew lights , valves that after a year or so leaked. Gave up in 2018. and switched to garrafones.

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by Scott, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Friday, March 27, 2020, 18:41 (11 days ago) @ Fly on the Wall

There is a service where you can get a reverse osmosis filter on a monthly plan, and someone else does the maintenance for you.

https://bebbia.com/agua-purificada-en-casa-06/

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Friday, March 27, 2020, 19:35 (11 days ago) @ Scott

There is a service where you can get a reverse osmosis filter on a monthly plan, and someone else does the maintenance for you.

https://bebbia.com/agua-purificada-en-casa-06/

thx...late for me...but maybe others...

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Home Water Filtration

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Friday, March 27, 2020, 16:02 (11 days ago) @ mosesk

We decided not to have an RO system installed here for two reasons: It takes three gallons of water to produce one gallon of drinkable water, and because of the mineral content.

We do have times during the year when water can be unavailable through the pipes.

For many years, we were RVers in Mexico. We had installed a filtration system, with a UV light that did a great job. We had the water tested at our little water district on the beach in California-in fact one of their employees designed it for us.

Turned out that here in Zihuatanejo, the water is extremely high in calcium and other minerals that were not taken out by the filters. We found this out the hard way.

Our male cat would develop urinary tract infections every winter here. Finally one year, after three rounds of different antibiotics we realized that it was the water. Switched him over to bottled, and he never had a problem again.

The next year we realized that one of the dogs was getting a UTI every winter. When we returned to the US it was still a problem. When she was checked she had crystals in her bladder and we were told she would have to go to prescription food for the rest of her life. We decided to change her over to bottled water and she has not had a problem since, and it's been 4 years now.

Based on those two things, the mineral levels and the huge use of water that an RO system has, we have garrafones delivered. They come three times a week, and with a tip for hauling them up several flights of stairs, they cost us 30 pesos each.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Friday, March 27, 2020, 16:18 (11 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We decided not to have an RO system installed here for two reasons: It takes three gallons of water to produce one gallon of drinkable water, and because of the mineral content.

We do have times during the year when water can be unavailable through the pipes.

For many years, we were RVers in Mexico. We had installed a filtration system, with a UV light that did a great job. We had the water tested at our little water district on the beach in California-in fact one of their employees designed it for us.

Turned out that here in Zihuatanejo, the water is extremely high in calcium and other minerals that were not taken out by the filters. We found this out the hard way.

Our male cat would develop urinary tract infections every winter here. Finally one year, after three rounds of different antibiotics we realized that it was the water. Switched him over to bottled, and he never had a problem again.

The next year we realized that one of the dogs was getting a UTI every winter. When we returned to the US it was still a problem. When she was checked she had crystals in her bladder and we were told she would have to go to prescription food for the rest of her life. We decided to change her over to bottled water and she has not had a problem since, and it's been 4 years now.

Based on those two things, the mineral levels and the huge use of water that an RO system has, we have garrafones delivered. They come three times a week, and with a tip for hauling them up several flights of stairs, they cost us 30 pesos each.

I've heard that point about it taking several gallons of water (I've heard 5) to make a gallon of RO water and never understood that. I'm not smart enough to look at how my system is plumbed to get a sense of that.

I had one of our members come over and we ran some tests.
Here are the results:

Tap water- app. 450 TDS- "Total Dissolved Solids" in ppm (parts per million, I think)
RO filtered water- app. 400 TDS.
It should be 0-50.
So something is not right.
Either system in defective
Or installation is defective.
Had plumber come by again earlier and he checked installation and is correct as far as he is concerned.
Since system has an UV- Ultra-Violet component which required electrical installation by an electrician- he was not quite sure since he had never installed one of those.
At this point there is a call out to the place I purchased- "Hidro-Team" here in Zihua, and they will try to find a service tech for the company- Aquex- who will figure it out.
Fingers crossed.

After this part of system is resolved I plan to have water tested by a lab for micro-organisms- probably the one across from the Bomberos, since it has been recommended and is close.

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by rdcosta @, Saturday, March 28, 2020, 19:41 (10 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I installed a black light,"ultra vilot" light and a filter
I ran the water regularly for a week and then had the water checked at a lab and they told me it was better than bottled water. We have it hooked to our fridge and only use it for ice and coffee but it works great and gives us no problems. I bought the light here 11 years ago and have never had to change the bulb
We are very happy with it

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Saturday, March 28, 2020, 19:58 (10 days ago) @ rdcosta

I installed a black light,"ultra vilot" light and a filter
I ran the water regularly for a week and then had the water checked at a lab and they told me it was better than bottled water. We have it hooked to our fridge and only use it for ice and coffee but it works great and gives us no problems. I bought the light here 11 years ago and have never had to change the bulb
We are very happy with it

Glad it seems to be working out for you.
You don't say what kind of filtration system you have.
In the last day, with the help of a very knowledgable local resident and new friend, I have determined the "plumber" completely blew the installation.
I have a good idea what is needed to rectify and will approach the original plumber to see if he is confident to solve his failure and if not, will hire another.
I would suggest that you might have your water tested again after 11 years if you have not.
From what I know your "ultra violet" light is likely to have stopped providing its function.
And I don't know what to think about your filter.
If you in fact have a "Reverse Osmosis" system, send me a private message and I will put you in touch with the local individual who can educate you about what to look for.

Cheers,

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by midalake @, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 07:32 (9 days ago) @ rdcosta

I installed a black light,"ultra vilot" light and a filter
I ran the water regularly for a week and then had the water checked at a lab and they told me it was better than bottled water. We have it hooked to our fridge and only use it for ice and coffee but it works great and gives us no problems. I bought the light here 11 years ago and have never had to change the bulb
We are very happy with it

The light is to be changed on a yearly basis. Also the glass tube it is in must be cleaned. If the glass does not come clean it must be replaced.

You should stop using this as you are not protected and get it serviced.

D

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 08:59 (9 days ago) @ midalake

I installed a black light,"ultra vilot" light and a filter
I ran the water regularly for a week and then had the water checked at a lab and they told me it was better than bottled water. We have it hooked to our fridge and only use it for ice and coffee but it works great and gives us no problems. I bought the light here 11 years ago and have never had to change the bulb
We are very happy with it


The light is to be changed on a yearly basis. Also the glass tube it is in must be cleaned. If the glass does not come clean it must be replaced.

You should stop using this as you are not protected and get it serviced.

D

yeah, that's pretty much what I wanted to say to rdcosta as well, but didn't want to scare him/her. So I'm glad you set it straight!