If you've considered getting a Berkey Water Filter, in this post, I explain why I decided to buy one.
Ever since we moved to Las Vegas, I've been lugging jugs of purified water home. I can't live without filtered water. In addition to drinking it, I also use it for cooking. I only use filtered water to make chicken, beef and fish stock, kombucha, and herbal iced tea and herbal infusions We also use it to make coffee (decaf), and I even use it to boil or steam vegetables (I cook my rice in broth).
We live on the fourth flour, and carrying gallons and gallons of water up here has not been fun. I knew I needed to get a water filtration system, sooner rather than later.
After much research, I decided on a Berkey and I'm so glad I did!
Why I Bought a Berkey Water Filter
The Berkey is Perfect If You're Renting
If you are renting like we are and you don't want to install a water filter, the Berkey is a great solution. There is nothing to install and you can take it with you! It's also great for camping, or road trips if you'll be cooking a lot (I tend to rent hotels or homes that have full kitchens when we go on road trips).
The Berkey Filters Out the Fluoride
This was really important to me when considering a water filter. Fluoride is a neurotoxin. It also causes problems with hormones, as fluoride is damaging to the thyroid gland. And fluoride may be responsible for precocious puberty.
I always thought the only way to filter out fluoride was through reverse osmosis. But I recently found out that the Berkey also filters out fluoride.
You do have to order extra filters for fluoride. The regular black filters that come with the Berkey do not filter fluoride. When you're ordering your Berkey, call or email the folks selling it and ask them to sell you the white PF-2 fluoride filters.
The Berkey is Inexpensive
You can spend thousands of dollars on a filtering system that filters out fluoride. If you are on a budget, the Berkey is a great way to go. And if you ever want to upgrade to a reverse osmosis system, you can use your Berkey as a back-up for emergencies (see below) or for camping. That's what I plan to do when we move to a house.
The Berkey Keeps the Minerals In
Unlike reverse osmosis filters that filter out the healthy minerals along with the fluoride, Berkey filters keep the minerals in!
I've been thinking a lot about emergency preparedness lately. I guess this is something that happens to you after you have kids. I want to know that if anything ever happened, we could survive. Water is the most important thing you need in an emergency. You can live a lot longer without food than you can without water.
I realized that even if I have a reverse osmosis system in our home, it won't do me any good if the water gets shut off due to an emergency. For me, having a Berkey gives me peace of mind. I will probably invest in some water barrels that I can store filtered water in. But even if you don't have stored water, you can literally filter pool water with your Berkey.
You Don't Need to Change the Filters Very Often
The other drawback to reverse osmosis systems is that you have to change the filters pretty frequently and of course, that costs money.
With the Berkey, the black filters that come with it last for approximately 6,000 gallons (of course, this greatly depends on the starting water quality). The filters are also easily cleanable with a toothbrush/scouring pad to help extend the life. The white PF-2 fluoride filters need to be replaced much more frequently; those generally last for 1,000 gallons.
According to my calculations:
If I refill my Big Berkey once per day, the black filters that come with the Berkey will last for over 7 years. The white fluoride filters will last a little over a year (about 14-15 months).
If I refill twice per day, the black filters will last over 3 1/2 years. The white fluoride filters will last 7-8 months.
If you don't have fluoride in your water, you can use a Berkey and you only have to change the filters once every 3-7 years. I think that's pretty amazing!
Which Berkey to Get?
We got the Big Berkey, which is perfect for a small to medium-sized family family (1-4 people).
I was surprised at how small it actually is. I've heard people say that they think the Berkey takes up too much room on the counter, but this is just not true. It is tall and narrow so it doesn't take up a lot of room. I love having my Berkey on the counter — I think it's pretty.
If you have a larger family: the Royal Berkey is the right size for 2-6 people; the Imperial Berkey is good for 4-8+ people, and the Crown Berkey is good for 6-12+ people.
Where to Buy a Berkey Water Filter
Check my resources page for where to buy a Berkey water filter. The companies that are listed on my resources page selling Berkeys are great and they will be happy to talk to you on the phone or via email and answer any questions.
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