I’m so excited to be writing about our water filtration system because we absolutely adore it! There is a running joke in our house that if the zombies come (cause it could happen) that I’d grab my son and my herbal materia medica and my husband would grab the Berkey and something to start fire with.
All joking aside, this is truly a fabulous filtration system and I will tell you why.
The Berkey filters out all of the following:
- Chlorine (to undetectable levels)
- Fluoride (with added fluoride filter component)
- Bacteria, viruses, cysts, microorganisms and pathogens
- Harmful chemicals (herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 etc.)
- Lead, mercury and heavy metals, MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether)
- Pharmaceutical medications
- Does NOT remove the healthy minerals your body needs
When compared to every other water source available (bottles, Brita filters, under the counter systems etc.), the Berkey is by far the most economical option out there. The upfront cost is what deters most people, but if you actually price out how much money you’ll spend on your Brita filters (as an example), you’ll quickly realise that the Berkey is the best option out there.
The system will require replacement filters but only every 5-7 years depending on use (22,700 litres). As explained in the instructions you receive with the unit, you can perform a red dye test to determine when you need a new filter. So no need to send your water out for expensive testing.
Easy to Assemble
Coming from a family that can have trouble with Ikea furniture, easy to assemble means something! The Berkey takes minutes to assemble and requires no tools or knowledge about the system. We got our Berkey from Conscious Water (based out of Collingwood, Ontario) and it came with clear and easy to follow instructions.
In addition to easy assembly, the system itself does not require plumbing because it is gravity fed (perfect for off-the-grid folks) or high water pressure (good for well water users).
Check out the video below for assembly instructions.
It’s Beautiful and a Conversation Starter
The Berkey is high-grade polished 304 stainless steel making it sleek and elegant. We have yet to have a visitor that doesn’t comment on it! It takes up very little counter space and is simple to clean.
Powerful and Easy to Transport
It can be used to filter tap or well water, but in a survival situation it can be used to transform lake or creek water into a clean drinking source. This means you can take it on camping, RV, cottage and boating trips with ease. And of course, in a case of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll be all set. 😉
As Conscious Water’s website states, gravity fed water filtration systems have a fantastic track record. They have been used in relief situations by organizations such as UNICEF, the Red Cross and the Peace Corp, for many years. The website even provides it’s customers with laboratory test results for those who like numbers and stats.
What Size Should I Get?
We have a Big Berkey which fits the needs of our three person family very easily. Here is another great video to help you decide.
About Conscious Water
I can’t say enough about this fantastic local provider of the Berkey Water System. Scott was easy to reach via email and answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. The shipping and delivery of the unit was fast and everything arrived in perfect condition.
We had purchased a shower head that removed chlorine but when we found our new home and found out it was on a well, we were able to return it with no hassles AT ALL.
My family is extremely happy with the purchase of our Berkey Water Filtration System. From the excellent customer service to the clean water taste, we would definitely do it all over again. If you are interested in a Berkey Water Filter for your family head on over to Conscious Water. You won’t be sorry!
In good health,
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