Me: It’s a Berkey Water Filter and we LOVE it!
Our Berkey water filter has caught so much attention. Our viewers notice it in our YouTube videos, and our blog readers spot it on our website, so we routinely receive questions about it. It has enough of a strange look to it that people are drawn to it, but can’t quite place its purpose. That all ends today. Today, because so many of you have asked, you will learn what a Berkey water filter is and why you need one. I am about to fast track you to a better understanding of what is in tap water, while providing you with the expertise of water purification that the top dogs in wellness know. Drinking purified water is so critical to your health, and we live in times when pesticides, steroids, hormones, pain killers, other pharmaceuticals, chlorine, heavy metals and so many other contaminants are found in regular tap water. If we are taking this wellness journey seriously, then filtering our water is a necessary step along the way!
Let’s start with the research on the Berkey water filters…
What Makes a berkey water filter different?
Berkey water filters are actually classified as “Water Purifiers”, because they meet the classification standards of removing at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and reducing viruses by 99.99%. The Berkey water filters actually exceed these specifications.
Here is a list of just some of the other harmful contaminants Berkey filters remove in addition to the bacteria and viruses:
- greater than 99.8% of Trihalomethanes
- Inorganic Minerals (Chlorine)
- greater than 99% Aluminum, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Nickel (Click here for listing of all heavy metals it removes)
- greater than 99.9% Micro-Organisms (Coliform, Fecal Coliform, e. Coli)
- greater than 99.9% Pharmaceutical Drug Contaminants (Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Triclosan, Progestrone, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Erythromycin, etc.) PEOPLE – THESE & OTHER DRUGS, ANTIBIOTICS AND HORMONES ARE FOUND IN DRINKING WATER (Source)!!! I can not express to you how serious this situation has become without scaring the socks off of you! Allow this to sink-in…people are now ingesting the pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs that their neighbors are taking just by drinking tap water. That is more than enough of a motivator for me to make changes to ensure the quality of my family’s drinking water.
- Pesticides removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits (click here to see the full listing)
To achieve these results the Berkey filters use microfiltration and unique ionic adsorption and absorption. These features are built into the filters’ structure, so they do not wear out or decrease functionality. The only maintenance needed on the element is to clean it periodically to remove the contaminants that are trapped on the outermost surface – this takes about 3 minutes a few times a year. Each element can produce up to 3,000 gallons of purified drinking water, and there are two elements per Berkey. For an average family of four using approx. 2-4 gallons of purified water a day, that is a duration of at least four years. (Source)
Additionally, Berkey water filters are known for their ability to remove water contaminants WITHOUT REMOVING THE NECESSARY MINERALS IN WATER THAT OUR BODIES NEED. Unlike reverse osmosis and distilled water, Berkey filtered water maintains its beneficial minerals (such as Magnesium, which we already talked about here). There is no other option for removing all of these contaminants including viruses and pharmaceuticals and maintaining the water’s beneficial minerals.
Berkey filters are so powerful that people even use them on river water, pool water, etc., making them a great option for emergency preparedness.
How do they work?
Pour water in to the top and the filter elements do all the work. The water will be purified as gravity pulls it from the top container to the bottom container. The bottom container has a spigot to make pouring the purified water easy. It is as simple as pouring water in to the top, and then using the spigot when you want water. No batteries or electricity needed. Gravity moves the water and the elements purify it. You just set it on your counter, pour water in the top, and get purified water from the spigot. Simple.
And our experience…
I purchased our Berkey about five years ago, when I went through a health crisis and subsequent revamping of our daily lives to improve our wellness. I really can’t express enough how much we enjoy the taste of our Berkey-filtered water and the confidence we now have in the quality of our drinking water. Our Berkey has removed odors and off tastes from our water. We literally take our Berkey every where we go. Even before we became fulltime RVers, we would take our Berkey on all of our vacations – we love the water that much. Once you have the best purified water to drink, you will notice how terrible other water tastes. We purchased the Big Berkey, and we moved it in to our RV when we became fulltime RVers. If I was purchasing one specifically for an RV, I would go with the smaller Travel Berkey.
As RVers, our water source is changing multiple times a week. This gives an added pressure to make sure that we know the quality of our drinking water. From city water to wells, we are 100% covered by our Berkey water filters. Whether we are staying in the swamp in Louisiana, near a Feed Lot in Kansas, or on Seattle city water; we have confidence in our drinking water because of our Berkey. We still use a filter for the entire RV, mainly to remove chlorine from our shower water; but our Berkey is the ONLY water we use for drinking and cooking. On travel days, we just put it on the floor and bungee it to the drawer handles as seen in the photo above.
That sounds great, but let’s talk cost!
I am a frugal woman on a wellness journey, so it is important to me to share with you the value of something I recommend. The cost for a Big Berkey like ours, which comes with the 2 necessary filter elements is $258.00. You are going to purify at least 6,000 gallons with those two filter elements (which will last the average family of four at least 4 years). $258 divided by 6,000 gives you a cost of about 4 cents a gallon. You are able to obtain the highest quality purified water which retains its beneficial minerals for literally pennies per gallon. No batteries, electricity, added minerals or difficult installation are needed.
Years from now, when it is time to replace the filters, you use the same Big Berkey, and just replace the two black elements. They are approx. $100 for a set of two. That gives you a cost of about 1 and a half cents per gallon for the next 4 years or so of purified water.
Added bonuses right now if you use the link below: Even more good news! They offer FREE SHIPPING on any order over $50! And right now on the Berkey Filters website, they are offering the Berkey Care Lifetime Warranty for FREE with a Berkey filter purchase! You can not get that lifetime warranty if you do not purchase directly from Berkey. Other sellers can not guarantee the product.
If I didn’t already have one, you better believe this girl would be buying her Berkey today! Click on the link below to learn even more about the power of the World Leader in Water Purification
Berkey Water Filter and to order yours today! I have the Big Berkey, but the Travel Berkey would work well in an RV too!
All of the information is on the site, including initial set-up and the easy maintenance steps to keep your Berkey like new for years of water filtering.
Now that I am confident that you are drinking purified water, my work is done…until next Self Care Sunday that is!!!