Clean water is so important.
We think that we have clean water, because we live in a developed country with all kinds of water treatment plants. But the thing is, our water today is often contaminated with heavy metals, chlorine (added deliberately), fluoride (added deliberately and no, not healthy), prescription drugs, run-off from farms containing pesticides and herbicides, and much more.
Our modern water treatment plants do not filter out these elements. They get rid of the standard bacteria that could make us sick, and they add a lot of chemicals (like the chlorine) to kill anything else. But they don’t remove all the other junk, and the chemicals added really aren’t safe for us, either.
There are lots of different filters on the market, but many of these don’t actually filter all of those things, either. Most filter only a couple common elements, and do not remove chlorine, fluoride, or prescription drugs.
Reverse osmosis filtering does remove basically everything, but it also strips the water of needed trace minerals. These trace minerals serve as electrolytes and water that doesn’t contain them often isn’t very hydrating.
My favorite solution, and the one I’ve used in my own kitchen for a few years now, is a Berkey water filter.
How is Berkey Different?
Berkey is actually capable of removing more than any other filtration system, without removing beneficial trace minerals!
It is safe enough to filter water from lakes or streams or water in foreign countries where it may not be so great. It can even remove red food coloring from the water, all without stripping the minerals! I have never done this test personally, but I know people who have, and it really works. It also does all this without any electricity, which means it works even if the power is out — great for emergencies, or even camping.
Read more about The Berkey Secret.
The website says this:
Berkey systems are far superior to other filtration systems because they remove viruses, harmful pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites as well as unhealthy chemical contaminates and impurities while leaving in the essential minerals your body needs. Berkey systems produce virtually the most healthful, clean and delicious water available.
I have had mine for over three years now so I know the difference between this and RO water, which we used to get. I can feel the difference when we’re at someone else’s house and I drink RO water again. It really isn’t the same at all.
Berkey’s filters are expensive — about $100 for a set of two (you need two at once). But, they last for about 6000 gallons of water, or about 3 – 5 years for an average family. Over time they are much cheaper than the type of filter you have to replace every couple of weeks.
The only real disadvantage is its size. It is rather large, and can be hard to find a place for it in your kitchen. We moved ours around and eventually found a place that works for us. If you have a tiny kitchen, this might be a problem for you. But the good part about it being large is that it holds a lot of water, and it is portable — so if you move or wish to take it on the road, it goes along easily.
United Environmental Solutions
UES is sponsoring this giveaway. I’ve been working with Dan (the owner) for several months now. He’s a great guy. I’ve had some questions about my Berkey and he’s always been quick to answer email and try to help me troubleshoot. He is always willing to help my readers, too, with any questions they may have about clean water, and to help them find the system that best fits their needs.
This is a small, family-owned business, so if you prefer to “buy local” you will be doing that with UES!
If you’re not sure if your water really needs filtered (or which filter would be best for you), they offer water testing by mail that costs only $5.
Want to Win?
One lucky winner is going to get a Big Berkey with 2 black filter elements! (Pictured at the top.)
Giveaway entries must be on the Rafflecopter below to count. Open to U.S. residents, 18 years and older. This giveaway closes on Saturday night at midnight.