The type of water you drink is important and should be of the highest quality. If you are still drinking or cooking with tap water, take a step back and think about what is lingering in that water? Why do you trust it? Maybe it’s something you’ve never thought about and that’s okay. It’s never too late to improve on the type of water you and your family drink.
You should be able to trust tap water, right? That’s what I thought too, before I saw the brown/green gunk my Berkey water filter was filtering out… before we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to invest in a Berkey water filter because it is the best of the best. The gold standard of water filters. It was time to take the health of our drinking water into my own hands. This isn’t to scare anyone, I’m just looking out for my people because no one else is when it comes to tap water. Sure there are standards for tap water (and we take our running water for granted) but in my opinion, the standards are no where near where they need to be, plus they add fluoride, ugh!
Before just trusting something, I do my own research. I want to be sure the water I’m chugging on a daily basis is as pure as can be. You may think you already do enough,… you eat clean, you exercise, you do all the “right” things but water is something we drink daily and is absolutely essential to live, so why does it get overlooked?
What is a Berkey Water Filter?
A Berkey is not only a super power filtration system but also a water purifier that requires no electricity and uses gravity instead. There is a difference between a filter and purifier – read more about that here, but the Berkey is both! You can also see comparisons between the Berkey vs. other water filters here. Just know it outperforms all of them 🙂
The black carbon filters remove 99.99% of:
- pathogenic bacteria
- heavy metals (like mercury, chromium, aluminum and many more)
- inorganic materials (chloride and chlorine)
- common pharmaceutical drug contaminants (Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan)
- others: arsenic, E-coli, nitrites, petroleum products, foul tastes and odors, and more
Why Berkey Filters Are The Gold Standard:
- Water filter and water purifier
- Stainless steel units with black carbon filters you can clean and reuse for years, which is ideal for toxic-free environments and for reducing plastic waste (like many of the Brita filters).
- They show real, certified lab results of removing 200+ contaminants on their website (unlike Brita or Pur)
- You can taste the difference! Crisp, fresh and SO CLEAN!
- Easily fill it with tap water and let it do it’s filtering magic
- They offer different sizes, depending on your needs and how large your family is
- Costs less than $0.02 per gallon
- Offer peace of mind for your drinking water
We have the Big Berkey with the medium diameter stainless steel stand. They work perfectly together! I wish I would have gotten the bigger size (the Royal Berkey) because we do have to fill it up every other day or every day. We drink a lot of water and I also use it for cooking, coffee, and soaking nuts and seeds, etc. Maybe one day I will upgrade to the bigger size but for now it works and I absolutely LOVE our clean, pure water!! I truly do taste the difference – less chemicall-y is the best way to describe it.
A tip for filling the Berkey: you never want to remove the upper jar and set it in the sink to fill it because attached on the bottom is the clean water dripping into the bottom jar where you dispense water, and that mechanism would be sitting on the bottom of your dirty sink, defeating the whole purpose and contaminating your water. All you do is remove the topper and fill a blender jar or large jug with tap water and pour it into the Berkey all the way to the top, then put the topper back on and let it do it’s filtering magic.
I hope you find this post helpful! Leave any questions you have below in the comments. Do you have a Berkey filter?! I’d love to hear your thoughts!