Clean water has been on my mind lately. The water around here is getting worse in quality, aka: purity. The City adds many additives to clean it up, how do I know? I can smell, taste and feel the difference, so I researched and talked to people to find out what my filter options are within my budget. Sure I could go out and spend money I don’t have to get a great system, but I’m not keen on doing that, at this stage in life. Also, I told you in an Earth Day post I was going to stop using plastic bottled water, remember? Well, a good result from that is I am acutely aware of my water source each time I fill a glass with water (from my Brita pitcher.) I need to know what I am drinking IS clean.
Recently I Wandered upon the Berkey water filter and purifier systems through one of my favorite health bloggers, WellnessMama.com. After reading her comparisons of different systems, I think that Berkey is the winner for me. The system is tops in quality, at a price I can afford. Sure there is another filter system that I think is better, but it is totally cost prohibitive. So Berkey is the company I am going with. It’s a system that uses a block carbon filter, which is terrific at filtration, and lasts much longer than other filters before replacement. I will link you to Wellness Mama so you can read her information & comparison options, HERE.
I decided with a friend (we got a price break by buying two systems together) to purchase the smallest Berkey to give-it-a-go, it is the Go Berkey Kit, 1 qt size stainless steel system that can go on trips with me, and comes with a carry bottle with its own filter for taking to the gym or on the go. It also has a nicely made nylon carrier and a priming pump for when I am out in the boonies and scoop water from the nearby watering hole (yeah, like that will ever happen…Adventure-seeker Me.) My plan is to try this out and if I like it, (after two days, I already do) purchase a bigger size that will sit on my kitchen counter, then I will use this one for trips and camping.
Easy to Assemble…
You may wonder why I don’t use a reverse osmosis system that would mount under the sink…did you wonder that? You would ask that if you knew how anal I am about stuff on my countertops! Actually, the RO was the system I most considered purchasing. Well, a few reasons…
- Limited space under my sink for the system
- Cost of replacement filters are expensive for how long they last
- RO wastes more water than it produces
- Water produced does not hydrate you as much
- RO removes 92-99% of beneficial calcium and magnesium, which, in itself, is a deal breaker for me.
Anyhoo, everyone has their big expectations of what a water filtration system should do. This is what I am doing now, with my sights on a bigger Berkey that I can add a fluoride filter to, that is the only downfall of the smaller travel size I got.
The main thought I hope to Inspire today is that you, too, look at Clean (pure) Water as a key component to good health. If you are drinking tap water or bottled water, I encourage you to find out what you are actually drinking. Today my drinking water, tomorrow a filter for the shower. It never ends.
…Is this a California Thing? I like to look at houses for sale throughout California, and I see a lot of (big) Berkies on kitchen counters of coastal city homes, like Santa Cruz, SLO, Monterey, – it has become almost a game (for me) to find the signature stainless stacked container in a Zillow listing photo, ha!
What’s in the water you drink?
Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!
Oh, and I am NOT a Berkey Affiliate, altho I guess I should be : )