We’ve been using our Berkey Water Filter system now since December so I thought I would give a review on it for my readers. First off–we are glad we have it in light of recent news of contamination in the bottled water we have resorted to in the past because our city water reeks of chlorine. The news article here states that even Evian, which is the only bottled water that I’ve purchased in 20 years, is contaminated with plastic particles. I breathed a sigh of relief to know we have found an alternative to all of them. Here is a snippet of the review I left on Amazon for the Berkey Water Filter (I have not been compensated in any way).
I won’t be drinking water from anything else for the rest of my whole life except water filtered in our Berkey. The clean chemical free taste-free water from our Berkey hands down even tastes better than Evian (which I LOVE). It arrived safely packaged, I followed the directions, and it was up and running within 20 minutes. We bought the travel Berkey and it works great for our family of two. We live in a city that’s city water has too much of something?chlorine. And probably a lot of other things we didn’t want to keep consuming. We’ve used Pur filters for almost 10 years and our water still tasted weird not to mention Pur filters lasted us approx. 25 days a piece. My husband didn’t entirely sign on with me spending a bit over $228 for our Berkey, but once he tasted the water he told me he’ll never be without one again. He is sold on it and uses it for anything and everything we use water in, plus he himself is now drinking approx. 50 oz. of water a day. Win-win! We ordered the stainless steel spigot right away because we were worried we would break the plastic one with our constant use. We love the sturdiness of the stainless steel spigot. Our Berkey is easy to clean, easy to use, and we’re never without it. We love our Berkey Travel and highly recommend it to everyone.
Cleaning the Berkey takes about 10 minutes. I clean ours every two weeks. The manufacturer does not list how often to clean your Berkey system but does suggest cleaning it when water filtration slows down. The system is made from high-quality food-grade steel that keeps your filtered water clean and safe. However, you do need to clean the filters with water, basically helping to remove sediment or chemical build-up to keep your system going. The instructions are here.
The holding capacity of ours is 1.5 gallons and we use 2.25 gallons a day. So we must fill our Berkey twice a day from our tap. That isn’t a problem for us. We have a 2-gallon pitcher and add a gallon of cold water at a time. The only thing we would consider a negative would be that unless you lift the lid you do not know how much water is in your Berkey. I wish it had a window on the side of the filter that let you know how much water you had used.
My next blog post will be about spring planning and spring planting! Until then–Enjoy!