I received a Big Berkey Water Filter System in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
For years, my husband has read his Outdoor magazines and we’ve discussed too many times water filters. The top of his bucket list for water filters has always been the Berkey.
I like to believe they work on magic, but I’m assured they are built upon the Doulton tech of Super Sterasyl Ceramic filters–something used by military forces, relief troops and missionaries who lacked clean water access. This “magic” was later developed into black filters that are used in Big Berkey Water Filter Systems.
My family of four does not drink tap water. There really is no other reason than we simply don’t like the taste of it. So my family of four has been buying jugs of water. We bought twelve one-gallon jugs every week as part of our grocery budget.
Then our Big Berkey arrived, double boxed, to make sure there was no damage to the water filter system. I was impressed by how heavy-duty the unit is–and how beautiful the 304 stainless steel is. I was also thrilled at how compact in size the system is.
But, we didn’t want it for looks. We want it for what it does.
- Will filter bacteria to a 99.99999% level and viruses to a 99.9999% level.
- The black Berkeys filter out Chlorine to undetectable levels
- Removes Lead, MTBE’s, and other heavy metals up to 95% levels.
- PF-2 filters remove Fluoride and arsenic.
- Black Berkey filters exceed EPA log 7 ANSI / NSF protocols for filtration and are rated as water purifiers.
- Gravity fed systems that require no plumbing or water hookups for use
- Black Berkey filters have 3,000 gallon life (6,000 used in pairs)
- Allows red dye testing to know when filters need replacing (no expensive water tests)
- In emergencies allows use of non-public water (stream, lake, etc.)
Think it’s too good to be true? See the Laboratory Testing Results for what Berkey water filters remove.
The core of the Big Berkey Water Filter System is its black Berkey filters. They are the “magic” I described at the beginning of this post. The black filters are almost 12-inches in length and are made from a proprietary combination of six different types of media. These bad boys take water filtering to a whole new level!
After receiving the Big Berkey, my husband picked me up from work, handed me a cold water bottle and said, “You get to have the first sip of water from our Big Berkey.”
I took a sip.
Then a gulp.
There was silence.
I took another gulp and replied, “Well, it tastes…wet.”
There was ABSOLUTELY no taste to the water. It was just wet.
Wet must be a good thing because now the kids are drinking water.
If any of us had mimicked my husband prior to the Big Berkey arriving at our house, it would have been to say, “Drink more water.”
That was his answer for everything.
“Drink more water.”
“Drink more water.”
“Drink more water.”
The kiddos found it hilarious, for this reason, when mid-week that first week we had filled our twelve typical water jugs with the Big Berkey’s water, that my husband came out of the kitchen with furrowed brows exclaiming, “You guys need to stop drinking so much water!”
It’s my husband’s job to fill the water jugs…and we now go through 18-24 gallons every week of water. It’s okay because using the Big Berkey makes the cost of water purification just about two cents per gallon
Several times we have told our kiddos, “You may have a soda with dinner” only to have one of the kiddos answer, “I’m just going to have water.”
It’s a parenting victory!
There is, of course, a downside.
At work I drink bottled water. I don’t like it anymore and now take my water bottle. I cringe if my day turns out to be longer than I thought and my body craves water. The bottled water, just tastes fake to me now.
We also, aren’t keen on the water when we dine out.
Prior to the Big Berkey, I thought water was just water. Its purpose was to hydrate. Now I crave water. I am amazed at how there is no flavor to water. It seriously is just wet.
Big Berkey is keeping my family hydrated and making water our number one drink of choice.