Yes, you described one of the exact reasons I use this type of filter. You can see the condition of the filter and you can clean it. There are other reasons too.
This filter is a ceramic carbon filter. 0.9 micron. These are the same technology as we used back packing just bigger. The outer ceramic you use a scotchbrite to scrub away the dirt and stuff. The carbon inside is treated with KDF which retards/prevents micro growth inside the filter. After each camping trip I take the cartridge out and clean it if needed and put it in the sun to dry. It takes about 2 days to dry it out. This brand has the highest flow I have seen in the 0.9 micron size which is 2.5 gpm.
The brand is Camco CX90 and when I was looking the only folks who offered this.
Here it is for sale on Amazon
Amazon.com: Camco 40651 RV CX90 Ceramic Water Filter: Automotive
Amazon.com: Camco 40671 RV CXR90 Replacement Cartridge Water Filter: Automotive
Also to note carbon filters strip chlorine from the water. Depending on how fine they are is how much they strip. This CX90 will strip 3.5ppm chlorine down to 0.5 ppm in one pass. 0.5ppm chlorine is still in the potable water holding range and is what I target for residual chlorine. However if the camp chlorine is down in the 1.5 or 1.0 area the CX90 will take just about all if it out. Like I mentioned the finer the carbon filter the greater the reduction of chlorine. In the case of the chlorine being about gone I spike the tank a little and then life is good again.
And yes I have no issue drinking from the camper tank, cooking, showering or teeth brushing. The filter is part of a camper water program. And we do bring some 1/2 gallon cleaned juice jugs with filtered water from home for chilled fridge drinking water. Even 1.0 ppm chlorine tastes way too much for plain water to drink so we do both, camper water and home made bottled water from home. The home bottled water also help keep the body "system" normal.... as water changes do affect people different until they adjust to it.
However… with this CX90 I have a love hate relationship with them. I love the features and the performance. The cost is tolerable for what you are getting. The hate is the caution that must be used when dealing with the filter core. I have been using these since 2004 as I have not yet found a replacement of the features and Camco went through several upgrades to correct the product problems. They beefed up the lower hose connection that could pop off, they changed the way the filter is held inside the canister as the head of the filter pops off. They use to have 3 rubber rings inside to prevent shock against the core. They helped too good. The filter would not come out other then in pieces… And the last one, even with only 1 rubber ring inside to hold the bottom the top will pop off the filter core. In the early days that was a real problem. They seemed to have fixed it or at least made it better. You have to be gentle and turn the filter upside down and let gravity help the core come out. Do not pull on the white plastic core top. Once they helped the cracking problem of the core and I figured out how to get the core out the core will last a full year and by then it is scrubbed so thin you need to replace it. If you buy fresh filters, meaning ones that are not 4 years old sitting on someone shelf, they have the new upgrades.
The 0.9 micron filter will plug quick if your water has high iron in it. Some areas are just that way,. It is in the water. If you use the 100 micron Camco they do not clog up under the high iron. http://www.camco.net/#app=ec0&d2ec-s...electedIndex=0
We have one park we go to that there is high iron in the water in the entire county, so at that camp when we do full hook up I use the Camco Taste Pure. After a use or 2 I pitch the filter from being in that high iron area. They are really harder to dry out but at least they have the KDF in the carbon to help with the micro growth.
Hope this helps
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