It wasn’t until I became an adult that I started digging deeper into my overall health choices and began questioning the quality of my drinking water. Is tap water safe or unsafe? Is all bottled water bad? How am I supposed to choose the best water filtration system?
It turns out that, according to Scientific American more than a fifth of Americans have been exposed to contaminated drinking water in the last 10 years
Unfortunately, the information out there on drinking water is quite confusing and requires an in-depth level of research that few of us have the time, budget, or credentials for. Most mainstream sources will tell you that municipal water is safe, and that filtration is not necessary. However, over 21,000,000 Americans drink water that violates health standards and does not factor in the safety ranges for children, as most data is based on 150 lb. adults.
Like most environmental issues, learning about our drinking water can be completely overwhelming. Industrial chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers all consistently make their way into our rivers, lakes, wells, and into rain.
The contamination of water from human negligence is something we all need to be paying more attention to and start demanding more transparency and stricter allowances.
How do we reasonably navigate a complicated topic like drinking water filtration without driving ourselves crazy?
For about ten years, I’ve relied on a Berkey Water Filtration system at home, for myself and for my family members. I may not be able to control all of the environmental factors affecting our drinking water here in LA, but by filtering my water at home I have peace of mind that I’m doing something proactive for our health. Berkey removes 200+ unsafe contaminants from our drinking water every day.
Berkey uses a natural process to remove harmful contaminants and both filters and purifies, removing bacteria and viruses that conventional filters cannot, along with heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and more, returning your water to its natural, delicious and healthy state.
Water from our Berkey tastes good, is easy to use, and—perhaps most importantly—requires no installation or power. You can literally travel with it or take it camping. Berkey has a much lower cost of entry than many of the other systems out there which makes it easy to recommend to friends who can’t quite be bothered on a health issue like tap water that so many of us would prefer to ignore.
With the Berkey, we get water that costs around 2 cents per gallon, which is only a fraction of the cost of anything bottled. I can’t tell you how much cost, hassle – and guilt over waste! – we’ve saved by not lugging home cases of bottled water each week. We’ve reduced our plastic use immensely.
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Berkey has consistently been the top choice for some of the biggest and most famous “health nuts” I know, which is how I discovered the filtration system in the first place. Hearing from those who regularly test their water for contaminants, who have spent hours researching the best options, and who aren’t salespeople, has convinced me to stick with our Berkey for so many years. Call this word-of-mouth research if you will, but I believe the testimonials of people I trust.
I was recently justified in this approach when a friend’s father, a scientist, demanded that she get a Berkey after testing her at-home tap water.
The longer I’ve had my Berkey, the more research I’ve done on my own, and the better I feel about this choice. When renovating our home, we spent a lot of time exploring whole house filtration systems—and we consistently came back to the Berkey as the best choice for our drinking water.
Why Go with Berkey At Home:
+ No more plastic water bottles – save money, no more waste!
+ Filtration from bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and more.
+ To filter the lifespan of 1 Berkey filter you would need 150 Brita Pitcher filters!
+ Preserve healthful minerals, better tasting drinking water.
+ No power or installation required – great for your emergency kit.
Not sure if you need a Berkey at home? BerkeyFilters.com has partnered with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on this Water Quality Search Tool. Enter your zip code to find out which contaminants are present, at what levels, and if Berkey removes them!
How the Berkey Works
Berkey is more than just a water filtration system. It is technically considered a water purifier. Berkey’s filtration system removes up to 99.9% of heavy metals, as well as microscopic viruses and bacteria that other conventional filters can’t filter out.
Even with the high quality of filtration, the beneficial minerals remain. I can personally tell the difference in the quality of hydration I get from drinking Berkey water at home, versus bottled or tap. The taste of the water is clean and crisp without the stale quality you get from bottled water.
How To Use a Berkey At Home
Berkey’s system doesn’t require any power. It operates right on your countertop using a gravity filtration system. You simply fill the top chamber, and the water filters through to the bottom where it is dispensed. Many systems have pumps and parts that can all be sources of contamination and complication.
The upkeep and filtration system of a Berkey filter could not be more straightforward. I replace our filters about once a year—and the black charcoal filters only need replacing every two or three. The rate that you cycle through your filters of course depends on the amount of water you’re using, but even for a family who cooks a lot, and drinks a lot of water, we have no issues with the amount we need to replace them.
I loved providing this Berkey filter review for the Chalkboard. I really believe in the quality of water it produces and rely on it to consistently produce the kind of water I feel good about drinking and serving to my family.
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There are 6 different sizes of Berkey systems, ranging from 1.5 gallons to 6 gallons, all with the same powerful purification capabilities. Following the 1/2 gallon-per-person-per-day rule, the Travel Berkey is a fit for 1-2 people and the Big Berkey model is a fit for homes with 2-4 people.
Need one for your office? The Imperial and Crown models are great for up to 10 or 12!
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This story is brought to you in partnership with Berkey. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.