About a month ago, we were gifted with a Berkey Water Filter. Now, for those of you who don’t know what this is…stay with me here. I’m about to give you a heads up on how you can get the cleanest water without having to buy tons of bottles.
WHY ON THE FARM
A year ago, while going through the process of buying this property, we had to get a water test (on top of a million other things). Those tests were not the best. We had a specialist come out and “disinfect” the well, but even after that, there were still some issues.
Long term goals for the well are in place, but it’s truly so expensive, therefore, I got on google (surprise) and did a massive amount of research.
WHY A BERKEY?
“All Berkey water filters produce purified drinking water. In order to be classified as a water purifier, Berkey has surpassed standards set by the military in order to be able to differentiate between water filters of different abilities. These standards set the bar so high that very few are able to achieve this classification. Berkey water filters not only meet this standard but surpasses it with never before seen results.” Source: here
Our main concern was arsenic in our water. Arsenic is an element that occurs naturally in rocks and soil and can naturally deposit into wells, but our levels are on the higher levels. You can put a system into place by using reverse osmosis, distillation, or ion exchange, but all of these options are quite high.
Eventually we’ll need not only an entirely new well drilled, but multiple to accommodate our growing farm. Until then, enter in the next best thing.
“Berkey Water Filtration Systems can be classified as a water purifier because the elements actually remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria (log 9 reductions) and 99.999% of viruses which greatly exceeds the standards.” Source: here
Not only that but…
- Also removes or reduces:
- Arsenic (>99.9%); Escherichia coli (E. Coli) (>99.999%); Fluorene (>99.9%); Manganese (>99.9%); MBAS (>96.67%); Nitrites (>95%); PCB s (>99.9%); Petroleum Products (Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil- All >99.9%); Selenium (>99.9%); Thallium (>99.5%); Rust; Silt; Sediment; Turbidity; Foul Tastes and Odors.
See that arsenic number reduction? Yep, that’s what sold me. They even have lab results to back it up.
My family thought I was crazy, but I could smell our water. It smelled weird, almost like sulphur to me. To say I was excited when the Berkey arrived would be a huge understatement. It arrived and I immediately began putting it together.
My father in law (who so humbly bought it for us) not only bought the unit, but two additional filters and my gosh it was nice not having to worry about it for a long time. I primed both filters as instructed, washed the stainless steel unit pieces, attached the spigot and it was go time.
I ran the water through it a couple times before trying the clean water and 150% noticed a significant difference. Even the kids were saying how clean it tasted. No smell, no contaminants, no nothing. I also watched the video below because I’m a nerd like that 🙂
Our family uses a lot of water so we fill our system up once a day for a family of 5. We also use it to fill our ice cub trays up. The filters are the best on the market, therefore it takes time for the water to completely filter through. Don’t freak out if it seems like it’s taking forever. It’s doing its job.
Watch for sales and combos. We were able to get the stand and an additional spigot that is stainless steel. They run amazing specials throughout the year.