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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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Why do you most want to win a Berkey?

This is the writings of:

My name is Jill, and I am the editor here at Modern Alternative Kitchen. I have been on a real food journey since July of 2011 and am passionate about food. I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-reading, kombucha-brewing, raw milk–drinking, real food–eating gal. I was born and raised in the Midwest, and after a 2-year stint in Seattle, we are back in the Midwest and expecting our first child in August 2013.

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78 Comments

  1. I like that the filter can be used to treat both our household water and also if we ever needed to water from a nearby stream.
    Umm… I hope this is the place where I am suppose to leave my comment. No one else has commented here so if this is wrong could you please let me know-thanks.

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  2. I love that I can get clean, healthy water for my family. It removes the harmful things like pathogenic bacteria but leaves the healthy minerals our bodies need. I also like that you can purchase extra filters that remove fluoride. Our local water supply adds extra fluoride into the water. Water is my main drinking beverage and that of my families.

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  3. I would love to have a really good water filter for daily use. Also love the fact that it can be used in emergency situations etc.

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  4. I’ve been looking at filters recently and debating whether to go with a whole house filter or just something for the fridge! The debate continues (still). But this looks awesome!

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  5. As my family and I continue the process of removing toxins from our home, we’d love to have a Berkey so we are not introducing toxins into our bodies just by having a drink of water.

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  6. Since all the kids drink is water and milk I’d love to give them the cleanest water possible.

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  7. I live in the country and have well water. I know our water has lots of iron in it and smells a bit like sulphur (others say it really stinks, but when you live with it you don;t notice as much). It probably has chemicals from the farmed field it sits right next to and who knows what else is in it. I currently drink bottled distilled water, resulting in lots of empty water jugs to dispose of. So it would be nice to be able to safely, and with enjoyment, drink our well water. I really need something for the whole house so we can shower and wash clothes with better water. A Berkey for our drinking water would be a good start.

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  8. I like the idea that the Berkey filters both natural things like bacteria and parasites, but it also filters out chemicals. We live on property that used to be an apple orchard. Even though we’ve had our water tested I wonder what chemicals might still be lurking that haven’t been tested for. I would feel more safe if we had a berkey filtering out any possible chemicals.

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  9. I like that it keeps the trace minerals of the water when filtered. It would be great to have in case pf emergencies too.

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  10. I like that I just have control over the water that goes into my body! Everything I read tells me that Berkey is the only way to go if I really want to keep the good stuff and get rid of the bad chemicals.

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  11. I love the idea of having clean water that still has the minerals we need!

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  12. I’ve been trying water filters for years but I haven’t found one that really seemed to make a difference to me. I’ve heard of Berkey before and after reading this post I’m seriously considering getting one … eventually! I hate to think of everything that is in our water and I choose to ignore it or else it would drive me crazy (prescription drugs?? I don’t even take OTC medications!). And now with the baby I think we need something that will actually work.

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  13. Hi, Jill! What a great giveaway! :)

    I would LURVE to win this Berkey to provide my family the safest and purest water possible. We all drink tons of water every day. I refuse to buy bottled water as I don’t believe it is an purer than what I get from my tap. However, I am not 100% sure that my tap water is the purest that it could be…. It tastes great but I know I would sleep better at night knowing that I could give my loved ones (and myself!) the safest water possible to drink!

    Thanks!

    Very warmest regards,

    Patti Johnson :) <3

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  14. I simply love that this filters the water and leaves the good stuff behind. We have a RO system now but then need to put drops in the water to add the good minerals back and I know that my honeys don’t do that half the time so this would be wonderful to grab and go!
    Thanks for setting this deal up and for the education – I had no idea something like this existed!

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  15. I would LoVe to win this system!!! Due to health problems associated with Lyme disease I try to do all I can to improve through good nutrition. This would be super beneficial! I also have a 5 month old and 5 yr old that I strive to provide the best for so hopefully they will never have to suffer with health problems!!!

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  16. Would love to win. I don’t have a current filter in my home.

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  17. This is definitely on my WANT list, and close to me NEED list. I’m so grossed out by what we might be drinking, and we filter our water, but I know it could be SO much better!

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  18. I would love to get the fluoride out of my water in addition to the rest of the nastiness. It’s so bad I can smell the chemicals! :(

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  19. I have a two year old who drinks a lot of water and another baby on the way. I’d love to be able to filter out the fluoride from our water, but we’re military and we move all the time. This system it’s perfect because it’s portable!

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  20. What a great giveaway! Thank you!

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  21. Oh my STARS! Dream water filter! I love that the Berkey is so thorough in removing all the nasties none of us want in our drinking water. Sweet! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  22. I’m most excited that there’s a filter to filter out fluoride. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I would love to win a filter.

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  24. Would love to have access to freshly filtered water without removing the important minerals…=) LOVE!

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  25. I love the idea of not choosing besides mineral water that has added fluoride or filtered water that won’t have the same mineral benefits for my family. AND I love the idea of stopping the huge water Bill for having water brought in for my family.

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  26. Disappointed that I can only fill it so far. It seems deceptive to me how tall it is that it can only hold so much much water. Now it is leaking. I bought this and was excited to begin using it when we moved to our new house where I would have room for it. So it has only been in use a short time. Disappointed!

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    • Sorry to hear that Kerri! Did you order from UES? If so, I would suggest contacting their customer service department to see how they can assist you. UES is an amazing company and would not be pleased with your experience!

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  27. I want to win one because I finally gave up soda, and I want truly clean water for my tea and water consumption! I have wanted a Berkey for years.

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  28. Awesome! I’ve been wanting one of these!

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  29. I would love to win this to have clean drinking water for my family. We go through over 11/2 gallons of drinking water a day and would love to eliminate that. I hope I win :)

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  30. I’ve been wondering whether to go with a RO syster or a Berkey. I’m not even sure where to start!

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  31. I want one!

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  32. I’ve been wanting a larger filter for a long time. I love that the Berkey doesn’t filter out minerals.

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  33. I would love a Berkey filtering system!!! Hope to win!

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  34. We are in the process of moving to a house that will actually have room for a Berkey, so I think we’re almost ready to take the plunge!

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  35. I would love a Berkey as we live near a huge lake so filtering if we need to use that source would be great, but also just for daily use. We are purchasing gallons of water at whole foods since the water has a strong chlorine taste and our 5 gal water cooler has yet to be moved to the new house.

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  36. Love that it does not remove important trace minerals as opposed to a reverse osmosis system!!

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  37. I love that it filters out fluoride and viruses/ bacteria, etc. but leaves in good for you minerals!

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  38. I’ve been wanting one of these forever. I love that it not only filters out all the bad stuff while leaving the good things intact but it also serves as a great way to filter water in an emergency.

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  39. We are made of 80% water so why would we drink water that would poison us…Tap Water/Bottled Water. I have wanted a Berkey for many many years but I have not had the money to purchase one, as I am the only one that has employment in my family of 4 and I do not make good money.

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  40. I want to be able to give my family clean, nutritious water daily, but this would be especially great in an emergency situation.

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  41. I would love to win a Berkey water filter. I think it is vital to have a source of clean water, especially in case of disaster.

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  42. So I can stop thinking about what’s in my water….

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  43. I don’t trust municipal water. I don’t think that I EVER will. So, I would love to win a Berkey.

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  44. We’ve been wanting one of these for years! We go out of our way to get good water, but it’s not easy. A Berkey would be a luxury for us!

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  45. Being that we are a family of 6 and are avid water drinkers, I am so loving the Berkey! We usually purchase distilled water and drink that but this system even beats that! I love that it removes all harmful bacteria and pathogens yet still keeps the beneficial minerals in place. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  46. Our town’s water is un-drinkable! Well, if you saw what it does to our fixtures and appliances, you wouldn’t drink it! Winning a Berkey would be a blessing. I’d save a TON of money not having to buy filtered water, and use less plastic as a result! Win, win, win!!!

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  47. The tap water in my area is disgusting. I would love having a Berkey so that my family and I could have clean water at our fingertips.

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  48. This would be a dream come true!! Have wanted one for quite some time, but it was just something we could never afford…winning would be-I’m speechless, lol!

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  49. It’s important to me that my family has clean, non-toxic water. Our first baby is due to arrive in August and I would love to start out his/her little life with good water.

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  50. I would love a chance at this. I would be honored to be able to provide safe and clean water.

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  51. I have wanted one of these for a long time!

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  52. I would love to provide clean, safe water for our family!

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  53. Keeping my fingers crossed. I would love one for my off grid home

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  54. This filtration system looks great especially since it is so versatile. I hope to win as I’m in need of a filtration system that does such a good job at removing all the harmful junk and chemical additives that our municipal water contains. I love that you could take it with you or also use in a emergency situation.

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  55. I FRIGGEN love these filters. I have the berkey light version and when you add the flouride removal it is the best sweetest tasing water. I have a REALLY hard time when I am away from my berkey., It has turned me into a water snob.

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  56. I would love to win so I could trust that my water is clean and actually healthy! We have made the switch from sodas to water and I want it to be the healthiest water I can provide.

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  57. What an amazing opportunity. Thanks!

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  58. My family drinks so much water. It would be wonderful to know we were drinking good water!

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  59. I love the fact that you don’t have to constantly buy new filters for the Berkey and you can literally filter any kind of water and trust that it will be safe to drink. Would love to win one of these!

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  60. I would love to have one of these. I like them because while they filter out the bad things they can leave in minerals that our bodies need.

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  61. oooo pick me, pick me!!

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  62. We’ve been thinking about getting a water filter for sometime, and this one looks great!

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  63. I would love to get rid of the fluoride in the city water. I also love that I could use my pool water as an emergency water source!

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  64. I would LOVE to have the Berkey!! We have to buy our water because our water is so bad. I have tried double filtering our water with a Brita filter pitcher and can still taste the chemicals and whatever else in the water :( This would be a huge blessing for us!

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  65. I live near Dow and who knows just how much damage that has done to our environment! At least I would have peace drinking my water with this system!

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  66. I like the fact that it will filter out regular water that we get in our home and water from the outdoors. I also like that you’re able to take it with you.

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  67. I would love to win a filter! I don’t buy bottled because I don’t want anything from plastic, our tap water is not very fresh tasting and now that I have small children I’d really love quality water.

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  68. I would love a Berkey water filter!

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  69. Have been researching water filters. This looks great no matter what your filter needs!

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  70. I would love to win one of these filters! We have city water and would be blessed to have one.

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  71. We love our Berkey, but it just broke!

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  72. Looks like a great system! It’d be great to have something better than our little Brita!

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  73. I want to win so I have a safe & reliable source of water, what we drink most around here, for my family.

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  74. Looks great! Would love to win!

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  75. Pick me, pick me : )

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  76. Berkey has a great reputation and can be trusted as a quality product.

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  77. What a fantastic opportunity – I learned about the Berkey about 3 months ago and it is on my list of purchases – I love the fact they filter the water so well!

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