This week’s accomplishment was pumping water through the kitchen sink faucet for the first time.
Under the sink I’ve installed a 120V pump that’s supplied by a 5 gallon jug. This is my drinking water supply. The 5 gallon jug is a standard size and about as large as I’d care to physically move in and out of the van. The water jug can be replaced or filled as needed.
I’ve linked the pump here:
The sink drains to a second 5 gallon jugs which also has to be removed to be emptied.
For my shower I have a larger, (to be permanently mounted) 40 gallon water tank.
I wanted to keep the drinking water separate because I’d prefer to work with a smaller drinking water supply that’s easier to control, manage, and keep fresh. The larger shower water supply can sit for longer periods of time (weeks as opposed to days). The residual chlorine that is found in tap water decays over time and eventually loses its ability to deactivate viruses and bacteria. This risk is less of an issue when the water isn’t being consumed.
I have, but have not yet installed, the shower water tank and the 12V pump. Before I do that I still need to square off and frame the bathroom walls in the back of the van.
Little by little things are coming along. You’ll notice in the photo above I’ve chosen 1/2” PVC sheet for the countertop. It’s my cheap waterproof solution for a counter top. The material is “meh” as far as durability is concerned, but’s its cheap ($34 for the 2’ x 4’ sheet). When I need a chopping block I’ll use the wood cutting board that covers the sink.