Seriously, this is only about filtered water. I know some of my past posts have had double meaning (the post on socks, the one on m&m's). We're on a well. I drink the water, but the family doesn't. They buy bottled water at about $4 a week for a case, unless on sale. At my work the water isn't great and I joined the water club for $4 a month. So, we're spending $20 a month aka $240 a year on water. A co-worker told me about Berkey Water Filters. She uses it for her family and brings in water to work. There's a lot of websites that sell the Berkey, but it seems to run about $300 and the filters last 5 years. That seems like a savings over the long haul. Before making the leap in, has anyone else used the Berkey system? Do you like it?
I'm interested as well.
We have a sink spout attached filter right now but are planning to switch to an under-counter one when we run out of filters for our current one (turn water on - switch spout to filter - switch spout back - turn water off wastes quite a bit of water).
Edit: Found it. We were looking at the Kube system. they say 4 months+ with a filter, and as I recall the Amazon reviews said it was typically a year or so.
Hey Ben Khaki Storm !
I haven't used a Berkey Water Filter, but I am in the bottled-water buying club. We considered switching to faucet filters, but would have to remodel our kitchen sink - so it was a short lived consideration. We then considered water delivery systems, but for the cost and the hassle we've stuck with bottled water. I'm curious to see what others will add in here!
I'm going to move this over to the Tips & Tricks section! :)
When I was working in a rural area, the water quality was quite interesting. Many people there got filters not only for drinking water, but also for their house. If they didn't, appliances would get gummed up and die very quickly. I don't remember the kind they used, though.
I've only seen the Berkey filters on tiny house videos... I'm interested to know if anyone has experience as well. Good luck!
A note for your family's water consumption in the meantime: I bought gallon jugs of water, then poured into reusable water bottles or glasses/cups. It was much cheaper than buying cases of water bottles for me. Sometimes I also used my grocery store's jug refill, which was even cheaper and gave me less jugs to take to the recycling.
On another note - bottled water is very environmentally damaging, due to the plastic packaging and the shipping. If you can use filtered tap water that's a big difference to your carbon footprint.
In Kuwait the tap water is all desalinated and is delivered via lorry to tanks on the roof. Lots of people say the water is no good and won't drink it, but my son and I have been using the tap water for nearly 7 years with no ill effects. I refuse to buy bottled water for environmental reasons and find these two filters do everything I need.
For drinking we have a filter attached to the tap https://www.kanbkam.com/kw/en/british-berkefeld-hba-mkii-wall-mounted-drinking-water-filter-11721110. For the washing machine there is one of these https://www.xcite.com/water-filter-for-washing-machines.html
As I say, the water is fine for us after going through one of these, even though it's from such as odd (to me) source. Tap water in Europe is all better than bottled, as it's clean. Bottled is more likely than tap to harbour bacteria.
Ben Khaki Storm interesting timing on your post. I'm located in a rural area the the pacific northwest (US) and Crystal Geyser, a bottled water company has bought an old farm along the Cowlitz River and intends on using the glacial water here at a tune of 400 gallons per minute. I'm on well water as all in this community are, the unintended results I'm sure will not be as crystal clear as the water they will be selling.
The Native people are not happy, the local community is not happy, and thankfully some of the conservation groups are not happy. I truly hope that we can defend our local -beautiful- not commercialized land! There was a large write up yesterday in our local paper... did I say we were rural, the local paper is located just over an hour away.
Just some thoughts for your future thinking
Trying to find a good Berkey reseller. Almost all of them I look up have low BBB ratings, complaints on returns, and missing parts. The actual manufacturer seems to take care of some problems (like missing parts), but refers refunds to the reseller, who may not reply to the customer. Seems like a mess. From BBB reviews, the situation was fair a couple of years ago, but all of 2019 I just find complaints.
Ordered a Berkey from a reseller with a BBB rating of B+. Usually, I only like to deal with A rated companies. The messy part is how similar all the online resellers look. They must get all their graphics from the manufacturer. Also how close all the different websites are named. I went with week.berkeyfilters.com (Again, there's lots of similar sites out there) We'll see how it goes. My second choice was a local store that is a reseller. They were not open yesterday and there was a one day sale at the website I chose to go with.
Update: Unit arrived on time and well packaged. Assembly was fairly easy, but the 3 sets of instructions contradict on a few points and one washer was in the wrong place. That might have lead to some of the complaints I was reading. I've filled it up and let it filter 3 times, then wiped it all out. Now I'm waiting for the 4th fill up to filter, so I can have a drink.