I was on a hunt for a really good, budget-friendly home water purification system and what I came up with was the Berkey. I’m still renting up here in the hills, so it didn’t really make sense to put in an expensive reverse osmosis system. Ideally, I would have gotten a system for the entire house including the showers, sinks, and laundry machine… Anyway, having the Berkey has been really great so far. Prior to purchasing the Berkey I would have to get water every few days and I wouldn’t drink the tap water when I didn’t have bottled water in the house. The Berkey is really economical. The quote below is from the Berkey website referring to the Big Berkey pictured above.
“This system comes with two filters, so the life of these filters would be 6000 gallons. The average family of four would drink about 2 to 4 gallons of water per day. Under those conditions the filters would not need replaced for a minimum of 4 years. That’s using the Berkey to produce every drop of drinking and cooking water you would need for 1500 continuous days. Factor in the cost to replace the filters and the cost to enjoy purified drinking water is less than 2 cents per gallon.”
The filter really works and you can taste the purity. Basically it uses a carbon filter that cleans out herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, sediment, sedimentary minerals, submicron viruses, heavy metals and more. I’m not going to get all scientific in this post, but check out their site for more info. Be sure to get the fluoride filters as well.
I’m personally trying to drink more water these days as it’s dry here in L.A. and I can notice the difference in my skin, etc. Happy hydration to all.