Ever since we moved into the “little house” I’ve been concerned with our water. Sure it passes “the test” but it doesn’t always look quite right and sometimes even smells and tastes funny. Unfortunately we aren’t on pure well water yet but community water in our current location. Even after we move though I want to have a reliable source of filtered water.
I heard about Berkey a few years ago when my co-op started selling them. It sounded like the perfect solution to my problem! Here’s what I learned about them.
Berkey’s are an “off the grid” water filteration system. That means they run without any kind of electricity or plumbing. Each Berkey filter system (besides the water bottles) are equipped with 2 Black Berkey Purification filters. Each set of these filters is rated to purify 6,000 gallons of water! The Berkey filter systems are created with 2 chambers, the water goes in the top and filters down to the bottom where the spigot is located.
Berkey filters range from holding 1.5 gallons (Travel Berkey) to holding 6 gallons (Crown Berkey). The size you chose will depend on your families size and your water needs. (One tip I have is to buy one a little larger than you think you might need because you might need the larger size in the future!) The number of elements in the Berkey is based on the size. The regular Berkeys are made with stainless steel, the Light Berkeys are made from a BPA-free plastic.
What exactly does the Berkey filter? Here’s the short list: pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites while extracting chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment, foul tastes and odors, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, aluminum and other dangerous heavy metals, as well as nitrates and nitrites. And yet it still leaves in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs. Isn’t that amazing!
That means that you can filter water from; creeks, lakes, ponds & stagnant ponds, rain, rivers, springs, streams, tap water, water storage, wells, or pretty much anywhere! I know that gives me great security knowing that even if for some reason our well water or our community water went bad, we could still have fresh, healthy water! And if you think nothing will ever happen to your water, here’s a little story for you….
Last year we had a fire get dangerously close to our home. Close as in, our family came and helped pack up everything in the car to leave. The fire trucks had to pull water from our community and all our water in our pipes started coming out black. It ran black for a day and then yellow for days afterwards. Thankfully we had water storage to get us through this time but I would have been very grateful for a Berkey during that time instead of having to depend on water we had on hand and someone else’s shower!
I have a Royal Berkey (holds 3 gallons at a time). The size is supposed to be good for 4-6 people and even though there is only 3 of us right now I’m glad that I planned for the future. (Also nice to have filtered water for cooking or baking and not just drinking!)