Water has become a toxic poison! Every day people are hearing news stories of lead, extreme levels of chlorine, or even deadly bacteria in their water. Most people have started buying bottled water to drink, usually reverse osmosis water in most cases. What is reverse osmosis you ask? Reverse osmosis is a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. More simply put, it removes everything or extremely close it it. That means the chemicals, drugs, minerals, vitamins, etc. You are left with pure H2O.
Now I know, you nor I do not have an elaborate RO system in our homes, so if we care to avoid drinking chlorine, flouride, any possible drugs, lead, harmful bacteria, or whatever is in the water we go to to store and buy bottles and gallons of water. This adds up fast! My rough estimate would be a family of 4, at least $12-13 a week, that’s $48-50 a month, so in one year $576-600. How did I make this estimation, well I based it off of my life. Everyday I use 6 cups to make coffee, and everyone in my household drinks water throughout the day, we go through almost 2 gallons a day, and when we use water for cooking we use the filtered water also.
More exact cost: So 2 gallons a day x 7 days a week is 14 gallons, 14 x 4 weeks is 56 gallons, and 56 gallons each month for a year equals 672 gallons! So if each gallon costs .88 to buy the total $591.36. The cost all depends on where you buy your RO water. Almost $600 for water is a lot! So I thought to myself, it would be cheaper to drink tap water but I couldn’t nor would I be willing expose my family to the contaminates that lurk in the water. Doing some research, my husband first found full house water filtration systems, $$$$. Then there was under sink systems, still too much at the time, then while watching videos on YouTube, Chris Beat Cancer – Chris Wark, he spoke of a system called The Berkey!
The Berkey is a metal gravity filtration system with black filters in the top chamber and white PF-2 filters in the bottom or if you get the New Berkey Earth Ceramic or older White Ceramic filters in the upper chamber, select the lower chamber PF-4 Filters. Berkey removes 99.99% of the pathogenic bacteria, viruses, cysts, parasites, and unwanted chemicals. That includes harmful pollutants, chlorine, fluorine and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury. The Berkey comes in many models and sizes to fit with all your travel or household needs!
So for the last year my family has been filtering our own water and yes it is a Berkey. We chose The Big Berkey, which holds 2.25 gallons. We use it daily and fill it almost every day, I think we should have gone up one more size the Royal Berkey which holds 3.25 or the Crown Berkey which holds 6 gallons! I find the water to be fresh tasting, clear, and clean. We use it to drink, cook, brush our teeth, and garden. I can’t think of anything I dislike about it besides wanting a larger size.
I don’t know much about the ceramic filters or the PF-4, from what I read I probably would stick with the my black filters and PF-2. When I can I’ll be adding to my pure water house by getting a filter or system for my tub/shower and also something for my outdoor spigot. Below are Amazon links to order different models.
Travel Berkey – holds 1.5 gallons, this purchase includes, the body, 2 black filters, 2 white PF-2 filters, and a stainless steel water bottle $258.50
Big Berkey – holds 2.25 gallons, includes the body, 2 black filters, 2 PF-2 filters, and a water bottle. $288.50
Imperial Berkey – holds 4.5 gallons, includes body, 2 black filters, 2 PF-2 filters and a stainless steel water bottle. $340.50
Crown Berkey – holds 6 gallons, includes body, 2 black filters, 2 PF-2 filters, and a stainless steel water bottle. $355.50
Replacement /extra filters
Black filters– 2 filters 107.00 *replace every for 1 3,000 gallons, or 6,000 gallons for both*
PF-2 – 2 filters $46.00 *replace every 1,000 gallons, about a year*
Both black and PF-2 – 2 black and 2 PF-2 $137.50
Shower filters ( Ultra, “universal”) – $14.97 *recommends replacing every 6 months/ 10,000 gallons*
Comments and questions welcome!
More details from the Berkey website:
Black filters- these filters are micro-pore filters that focus on removing the list below. These filters will filter up to 3,000 gallons each so since you use 2 other that’s 6,000 gallons!
Black Berkey Filters can remove:
- Fluoride – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Viruses – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Pathogenic Bacteria – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Lead – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Arsenic – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Iron – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Mercury – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Chlorine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Trihalomethane(THMs) – Removed to greater than 99.8%.
- Bisphenol-A – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Chloramines – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Pharmaceuticals – Removed to greater than 99.5%.
- Petroleum Contaminants – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Methylcycohexane-methane – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Pesticides – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Heavy Metals – Removed to greater than 99.1%.
- Coliform and e-Coli – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Atrazine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
- Uranium – Removed to greater than 97.0%.
- Gross Alpha emitters – Removed to greater than 98.7%.
PF-2 filters will be used with the black filters and in the bottom chamber. These filters should be replaced after 1,000 gallons. These filters are for the removal of:
- Fluoride: Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Fluorosilicate, Fluorosilicic Acid (aka Hydrofluorosilicic Acid)
- Arsenic: V and pre-oxidized Arsenic III
- Other residual heavy metal ions
*NOTE* When installing only turn 8 full rotations, any more and you could damage the membrane inside.
*Disclosure* I am not connected to or associated with the Berkey company. I am just a customer speaking about a product I trust. All Berkey links are connected via Amazon affiliate program.