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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 01:25 PM
Filling fresh water tank while in Baja


Hey all, planning a 7 day trip in Baja in my camper van next month. I have a 8 gallon fresh water tank I use for my sink for washing dishes, hands, face etc.. I might need to fill her up at some point in the trip and was curious what y'all did for that. I figured I'd just buy several gallon bottles of water at some point to refill the fresh water tank but if theres a better option that involves less unnecessary plastic trash I'm all ears. I do have a water inlet and a standard hose for filling the tank from a water spigot but is it sketchy to wash dishes with the tap? Thanks!
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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 02:06 PM


The spring at Bahia de los Angeles used to be a place... best tasting water anywhere, some would say! It is up on the slope above town... look for big silver tanks and the palm trees. Maybe an L.A. Bay Nomad can verify if they still have the garden hose for RVs to fill up for a small fee?



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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 02:20 PM


As far as I can tell, Mexicans all drink bottled water not tap water. They often use those 5-gallon translucent blue water-cooler jugs which are refilled at water stores.

If I am lazy I just buy some water in disposable containers from the supermarket, but I have also filled up at a water store when passing through Guerrero Negro. The process required giving them my own Coleman plastic water jug to fill - so it took a few repeats of filling and carrying back and forth to the van. They cleaned it first.

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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 03:34 PM


8 gallons is nothing...a big water bottle and a little one...
fill at the water store for 1 dollar...purified water

your biggest threat is your own tank...if you dont know how to treat the water in it is already moldy

7 days without a shower you'll be filthy...and stinky

remember when you stay in a town hotel in baja they use town water...they dont treat it....its "good enough"///no one gets sick

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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 05:02 PM


Every town has a purifacado, easy to find because they are mostly blue buildings. A 5 gallon garrifon here in San Felipe is about 12 or 13 pesos. A lot of purifacados also have ice.

There are also water tanks at many small tiendas where you can fill 5 gallon bottles and again, dirt cheap, just have something to fill up, they don't have hoses on them.




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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 05:25 PM


Thanks for the excellent info everyone! I'll probably just pick up a 5 gallon jug somewhere down there otherwise just pick up several smaller bottles and play it safe. Thanks!
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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 06:00 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
The spring at Bahia de los Angeles used to be a place... best tasting water anywhere, some would say! It is up on the slope above town... look for big silver tanks and the palm trees. Maybe an L.A. Bay Nomad can verify if they still have the garden hose for RVs to fill up for a small fee?


In Bahia you can fill your RV at “La Mision” market with drinking water. They have a long hose that will reach the street. It is on the west side of the road across from Guillermo's. You can have your garafons washed out and refilled there too. 5 gal is 13 pesos.

The spring water isn't purified drinking water.

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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 06:16 PM


with the intended use in mind "use for my sink for washing dishes, hands, face etc" the water hose at any gas station is good enough
I use it for cooking too
for drinking I prefer the flavored version (Cerveza)

have done it for 35+ years
give the gas guy 10 pesos and you are ready to go




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[*] posted on 9-29-2021 at 09:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Paulina  
You can have your garafons washed out and refilled there too. 5 gal is 13 pesos.


Yes, thanks for reminding me -- "garrafon" [edit: "garrafón"] -- that's the Mexican word for those 5-gallon water-cooler jugs.






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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 12:12 PM


garrafón
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carboy from persian qarrâbah
all come from arabic ḡurfa ??

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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 12:56 PM


Quote: Originally posted by geoffff  
Quote: Originally posted by Paulina  
You can have your garafons washed out and refilled there too. 5 gal is 13 pesos.


Yes, thanks for reminding me -- "garrafon" [edit: "garrafón"] -- that's the Mexican word for those 5-gallon water-cooler jugs.


[Edited on 9-30-2021 by geoffff]


That's what we use. I don't why, but they are getting heavier every year. I might go to the 3-gallon models. :D




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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 01:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
Quote: Originally posted by geoffff  
Quote: Originally posted by Paulina  
You can have your garafons washed out and refilled there too. 5 gal is 13 pesos.


Yes, thanks for reminding me -- "garrafon" [edit: "garrafón"] -- that's the Mexican word for those 5-gallon water-cooler jugs.


[Edited on 9-30-2021 by geoffff]


That's what we use. I don't why, but they are getting heavier every year. I might go to the 3-gallon models. :D


I finally said goodbye to the jugs and crock and put in an RO system.....I like it!:biggrin:




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Quote: Originally posted by lencho  
Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  
That's what we use. I don't why, but they are getting heavier every year.

Same reason the water hasn't submerged David's palm trees: Unbeknownst to most, gravity has been increasing substantially in that part of the world, preventing the tide from rising as it would like (and of course making your garrafones much heavier).


I have noticed more gravitons when cleaning up around the house.

Gravitons in guerrophones, not good, ;)



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Quote: Originally posted by Don Pisto  


I finally said goodbye to the jugs and crock and put in an RO system.....I like it!:biggrin:


Am I wrong to be worried about bacteria in Mex tap water? Have to add some UV to the RO to eliminate that.




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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 03:15 PM


that would depend if your service provider is adding clorine to the water at the pump




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Quote: Originally posted by Bob and Susan  
that would depend if your service provider is adding clorine to the water at the pump


What about Mulege tap water?




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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 03:52 PM


Boy, for dishes and showers. I would think the gas station water should do you fine.

Drinking water is a whole nother issue and garrafones are 18 pesos here in La Bocana.





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[*] posted on 9-30-2021 at 03:53 PM


the water from the pump is clean...

the people in town use it for washing dishes...bathing...laundry...

they drink purified water from the filter plant

remember for every gallon of ro water you make you lose 9 gallons...

i wouldnt drink that myself...unless you change filters weekly$$$




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Quote: Originally posted by Bob and Susan  
the water from the pump is clean...

the people in town use it for washing dishes...bathing...laundry...

they drink purified water from the filter plant

remember for every gallon of ro water you make you lose 9 gallons...

i wouldnt drink that myself...unless you change filters weekly$$$


actually it's about 3 gallons, and if you're only making drinking water I can deal with it, sorry you can't;)




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