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Today I’m going to share about one of my favorite kitchen items, my Royal Berkey Water Filter! I’ve owned my unit for two years, and it has proved to be a simple, affordable, and practical solution to water filtration for my family. One reason why it has taken me so long to write about is that I just don’t think about it… filling the unit and using the water has become an automatic routine in our house, and we are constantly reaping the benefits of having clean drinking water around the clock.
Most people know that they should be concerned about the contaminants they may be exposed to in their water (especially with crisis in our public water systems becoming more common, like what has happened in Flint, Michigan!). While in the United States we generally have water that is free from some obvious pathogens and contaminants, a lot of our municipal water comes with other chemicals that are hazardous to our health (like heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, pesticide residue, and other nasty stuff… even prescription drugs!). Even if you are on a well, like me, you may have to deal with a high pathogen load and the presence of heavy metals.
There is no question that everyone should consider the impact that water filtration will have on their health, especially those of us who have autoimmune disease. Just think of it this way… if you don’t filter your water, your body has to do the hard work of detoxifying all of those contaminants!
Once you go down the road of deciding to get a water filter, it is easily to get overwhelmed with the options. To be honest, I procrastinated getting a filter for nearly a year because I was bogged down with all of the options. I kept hearing about the Berkey, however, through others in the natural health community and decided to look into what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I did, because we’ve been enjoying clean water at a very affordable price and almost no maintenance since the day I bought the unit.
Three things I love about Berkey Water Filters:
- They are effective at filtering and produce tasty water. The reason why you want a water filter is to get contaminants out, right? The Berkey systems include a set of “black” carbon filters, as well as the option to filter out fluoride with their PF-2 filter. Want to see how the Berkey compares to other household filters? Check out this chart. Oh, and the water tastes wonderful. Their filters are guaranteed to remove:
- 99.9% of viruses,
- 100% pathogenic bacteria, parasites and cysts,
- 99.9% trihalomethanes (like chloroform)
- 99.9% inorganic minerals (like chlorine)
- 95% heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, copper)
- 99.9% volatile organic compounds
- 95% fluoride removal (PF-2 filter only)
- The filters are able to be cleaned and last a long time. Each “black” carbon filter lasts for 3,000 gallons and are able to be cleaned up to 100 times (I clean mine monthly, which only takes a few minutes in the sink). I’ve had my unit for two years, and I still have at least another year to go on my original set of filters. At the rate I use filtered water (8-10 gallons/week), I spend about $2 a month on filters.
- The countertop design makes them portable and easy to use. If you don’t have a permanent living situation the Berkey is a flexible, portable solution to water filtration. It sits on the countertop instead of being plumbed in, which can be a big commitment if you are on the move.
If you are going to pick up a Berkey, it is important to consider the amount of water you use in your kitchen. I have the Royal Berkey (the 3 gallon model) and use filtered water for everything — drinking water, coffee/tea, cooking (like soup and broth making), and for giving to my pets, and find that we refill our unit every other day or so (which is perfect for our needs). If you are single, you might consider a smaller unit (like the Big Berkey, the 2.25 gallon model). The biggest feedback I hear from owners is that they wished they got a size up, especially when large families are involved!
Another thing to consider is if you need their PF-2 filter, which removes fluoride. Since I am on well water, I purchased a model without this filter, but if you are on municipal water that is fluoridated this would be a necessary option for you.
If you’d like to read more about Berkey Water Filters, you can check out their website. Here are the links to the various models on Amazon: