There’s a lot of dissension among women and families. Differences in lifestyles that can create unnecessary division.
Do you eat organic or not? Do you clean with chemicals or some other means? Do you cloth diaper or diaper with disposables? Do you work outside the home or from within by tending a household? Do you bike or drive the half-mile to work, keep chickens, buy eggs, home school, public school, read hardback books or e-books, cook or eat out?
Does it matter? It probably doesn’t matter enough to make each other feel guilty for any differences in choice. But, I hope you all feel guilty if you’re not on board with what I say next. (Not really, of course. Just consider it.)
Ya’ll need to buy a water filter.
People, we pay for the water that is piped to our homes, and yet, many of us still go out and buy water – gallons, bottles, or giant dispensers that keep us hydrated. Or our refrigerators filter the water, either through their own systems, or through the water filtering pitcher we keep in the fridge. These are all fine options, but I still know of one better.
Others drink from the tap. I used a pitcher for a while, then tired of it, and then we used tap water for years. It’s filtered, right? Of course, it is. Still, there are many opinions on tap water, and many of those are negative. I’m not judging your tap water use, because I still use it when needed.
I’ve visited water treatment plants, and do you know how I felt at the end of the tour? Thirsty. I felt thirsty. I wanted to drink a bottle of their treated water right then and there. Really, though… thank you to the people who filter the dirt and chemicals (some, not all, and please, stop adding fluoride) and poop out of our water. That’s part of our privilege – access to clean water.
However, when I’m at home, I use a Berkey Water Filter. The Big Berkey, to be exact. You can also find it on Amazon, here. So, if you’re content with the water you drink, why should I bring up just another water filter? Simply put, it’s not just any water filter. I’ve tried all of the different kinds of filtered and non-filtered water listed above, and yet, this one tops them all. Here are some of the reasons why:
5 Reason To Buy A Berkey Water Filter
- Taste. The Berkey water filter drastically improves the taste of your water. Try it. Compare water. You’ll notice the difference even when the water is used in cooking.
- Smell. I rarely noticed that my water smelled funny before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still drink tap (because I’m really not a snob), but after using a Berkey, I would have a really difficult time going back. If we ever move, it comes with me. I know people who have taken vacations and packed their Berkey with them. The Berkey filter leaves a fresh, clean result – pure water, with no smell. Just like water should be.
- Cost. The Berkey isn’t cheap, but it is a one-time purchase, and it lasts. It isn’t a revolving cost, and you don’t have to run to the store to buy more filtered water. Also, if the world fails us all, you can dump some creek water into this thing. Some parts of the purification system can be washed and used for approximately 6,000 gallons of water. Seriously! That’s years! The charcoal filter lasts about four years, and the fluoride filter about eight months. Check their website.
- Health. There are people with medical conditions that require them to strictly avoid fluoride. The Berkey filtration system removes fluoride, plastics, sediment, viruses and bacteria, and much more – all while preserving the minerals. Increased water consumption is an important benefit to anyone’s health, and this is achieved through better-tasting, better-smelling water. I drink far more water now, and I enjoy it much more.
- Ease of use. The Berkey system is simple! You fill it. It filters. You dispense water. Clean the tank with warm, soapy water once a month. Clean your filters according to the website (for example, after 6,000 gallons of water for the purification elements). I clean mine more frequently to increase the water flow, and I keep my Berkey full so that it’s always filling the reservoir quickly. The Berkey is a great size for your countertop (saving you that fridge space!). Plus, it looks really nice!
My recommendation is that you don’t go for the smallest or cheapest if you’re a family of four. I understand if you’re single, but you’ll use more than you think. We purchased the Big Berkey for our family of four, and sometimes I wish we would have gone with a larger size. I love using the water so much. It’s always disappointing if I use it all up before new water is filtered (if I haven’t kept up with filling the filter), and then I substitute tap water. I’ve just become spoiled with the great taste and the lack of smell. I’m absolutely convinced it’s healthier.
I really hope you’ll give the Berkey system a try. I wrote this post simply because I am beyond pleased with ours. It was my birthday gift last year, and my favorite gift thus far. I want anyone who isn’t aware of it to know about it, and hopefully, give it a shot. I guarantee you’ll love it.