Why we have the Berkey water filter…
Ahhh the Berkey water filter….
Have you heard of it?
It is just one of the best invented water filtration system there is, that’s all. A few years back we were on the journey of minimizing our trash and one day we looked around and saw half filled water bottles everywhere. And we questioned everything we were doing.
Why are we spending so much money and creating so much trash? So we began our searched. We searched the best solution to both of these problems. And the solution?
The Berkey Water Filter.
As we deepened into our journey of homesteading, the videos we watched, the blogs we read, they all had this weird silver vessel in the background. When we dug in to what it was, it turned out it was a water filtration system. We soon learned the reason all these homesteaders had this filtration.
So why the Berkey water filter? Here are 4 reasons.
1. Water purifying abilities:
This filtration system, which is actually considered a water purifier has the ability to remove over 200+ contaminates in our water such as, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, Pharmaceutical Drug Contaminants and the list can literally go on.
All the Berkey water filters have been rigorously tested and surpassed even the standards set by the military for water purification.
2. One of the most economical choices:
When deciding on a water filtration system, the cost of changing out the water filters was one of the main concerns we had. We experienced what it was like to have to constantly change out the refrigerators filters for ice and we wanted nothing to do with that.
The Berkey filters, are you ready for this, are washable allowing your Berkey system to produce 3,000 gallons of water PER FILTER before having to replace them. This essentially breaks down to costing you 2 cents per gallon of water. 2 CENTS Y’ALL! Here is an example, the most popular model is the Big Berkey, this system, or element Berkey refers to them as, comes with 2 filters allowing you to produce a total of 6,000 gallons of water before having to replace them. For a family of four using this element everyday for drinking, cooking and pets, it would take close to 4 years before having to replace the filters.
I mean come on….
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3. Completely dependable:
I am actually going to quote the Berkey website here because I feel it is just to well said to try to regurgitate.
“The technology that Berkey uses to purify water is able to handle the very smallest of water contaminants, even viruses, making it on of the most powerful water filtering systems available. This ability is all possible using the most simple, foolproof methods, starting with micro-filtration. The pore structure of the Black Berkey filtering element is so small that minute organisms are not physically able to pass through the filtration medium.” (Berkeyfilters.com)
“To make this microscopic structure even more powerful we incorporate the second simple but powerful technology, ionic absorption This method adds an ionic charge that repels many other contaminants that would otherwise pass through the filter including heavy metals and chemicals. These abilities are built into the filters structure, they do not wear out or diminish in ability over time. So all that needs to be done to restore the filter to like new condition, is clean it to remove the contaminants that are trapped on the outermost surface of the element. That’s it, foolproof and simple.” (Berkeyfilters.com)
When we kept seeing this water purification in the homes of homesteaders and after digging deep, we learned that this filtration system allows you to have access to purified drinking water at all times. The fact that you can put any type of water in this system, from streams to lakes, and have the confidence that it will provide you with clean purified water is absolutely incredible.
When a scary situation happens, like um, I don’t know a pandemic and every one buys all the water, you can feel safe knowing that you have access to clean water at all times.
Which model is best?
You can’t go wrong with any of them. Berkey offers you an array of all sizes. From a 1.5 gallon element to a 6 gallon element. All Berkey systems come with 2 black filters. With the ability to hold more as well as fluoride filters.
We have the Royal Berkey filter system. This element holds up to 3.25 gallons of water and is perfect for a family size of 4-6. And all we drink is water!
It is 9.5 inches wide and 24 inches tall and fits perfectly on a stand in our kitchen. We tend to fill this system up daily however, we stock five glass one gallon jugs in our fridge. So at all times we have five gallons available to drink and then the Berkey to cook with and use to refill our jugs.
My in laws have the Big Berkey and while it has been incredible, my mother in law does regret not purchasing a bigger one. She feels like she is constantly filling it and it is only her and my father in law. She also stocks three one gallon glass jugs in the fridge.
What kind of filters are available?
There are two types of filters available, the black filters and the fluoride filters.
All systems already come with 2 black filters at purchase. We purchase two more on top of that AND the fluoride filters because well, fluoride is not so mucho bueno so…..
Are these systems available in all states?
Ugh!! Do you want to hear something that I just can’t wrap my head around? These amazing systems are not yet available in California or Iowa. Please head on over here to read the reasons why.
BUT….If you live in California you can purchase both the Travel Berkey which produces 1.5 gallons and the Berkey Light which produces 2.75 gallons and is made from BPA-free food grade high-quality co-polyester.
Are you ready to buy your family the best water purification system there is?
***Note: because we have had this system for over four years and have had nothing but an amazing experience, we decided to become affiliates. So if you click on any of our links provided in this post, we will receive a small commission and no additional cost to you. We thank you for your support if deciding to make this purchase.
And we hope that you find as much peace of mind with this system as we have. If you do decide to make a purchase, we’d love to hear which one you bought and how you are loving it, leave a comment below!
Happy drinking purified water!