Friday, June 3, 2016

A Wonderful Low-Cost Water Filter

We live in a region known for abundant, fresh, and clear water, the Pacific Northwest. However, more and more tests are showing that tap water in some cities in the Pacific Northwest, as well as many other regions, have dangerously high lead levels. Many of us feel, have felt for years, that we cannot rely on the cleaning methods of the municipal water system. Having a home water purification system just makes sense in this world where more junk is being dumped into our shared water supply all the time. Factory farms, modern industry, petroleum based global transportation, and the pharmaceutical industry all contribute to the problem of dirty, unsafe drinking water- even in places where we expect the water to be so clean.

Several months ago, I was searching online for a water purification system that would work in our new house. We had installed an under-sink water filter at our old place. At our new house, there is no place at the sink for the spout of that style of water filter to come up through. I considered buying the type of water filter that attaches to the main faucet, but they seem bulky and cumbersome. I did not want a bunch of plastic. I did not want something with expensive filters that would need to be replaced frequently. I really thought I might not find anything that worked for us, and I was tired of drinking water that tasted of chlorine.

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It was actually thrilling when I found this water filter. I never knew this design existed. The gravity fed, stainless steel countertop water filter was exactly what I was looking for:

  • It's very low tech- it requires no plumbing or batteries.
  • It's low maintenance- the ceramic filters do not need to be replaced. When the water filtration rate starts to get too slow, you simply remove the filters and give them a good scrub, and they will filter again like new.
  • The unit is made of high grade stainless steel and ceramic, with very little plastic (the base of the filters and the spigot that comes with it, which is replaceable, are plastic).
  • From what I can tell, this type of filter removes virtually everything you want removed, while leaving the important trace minerals. It renders unsafe water safe, whether that water came from a well, a stream, or your urban tap.
  • And finally, it's an amazing price, considering many water filters cost thousands of dollars.

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Maybe most importantly, the water that comes from this water purifier tastes GREAT. I have started actually enjoying drinking plain water, something I had not really been in the habit of lately. It's satisfying, smooth, and pure. I didn't even know what I was missing before!

There are different brands to choose from, that all do basically the same thing. The two main brands are British Berkefeld, and Berkey. They both make more expensive black carbon filters, which you can pay extra for, and which need to be replaced at some point. I just went with the standard ceramic filters that come with the unit. Both these brands had great reviews; I opted for  the British Berkefeld based on price, and because they had the mid-range size that I wanted. I've recommended the same type to friends and family, people who were still buying water in plastic bottles, and who were contemplating spending several thousand dollars on a high tech water purifier. Seriously, everyone loves it as much as I do. I'm posting an ad for it below, as well as to the other leading brand for comparison. Please check it out if you're interested- any purchases made through my link help support our family. Thanks in advance!


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June 3, 2016 at 1:19 PM

The Doulton filters work well in these also. I have the same one you do and my parents have the Big Berkey.

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June 6, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Sorry Zola! It's directly below the last paragraph of the article. It's not a text link, but a picture of the water filter listing on Amazon.

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June 12, 2016 at 5:01 PM

That is a good looking water filter. How do u keep the water cold, put it in the fridge?

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June 13, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Great info. I'll have to check it out. by the way, I found you on Inspire Me Mondays!
Blessings,
Beckie from Spotlight, https://beckielindsey16.com/

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June 14, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Yes, I keep a jar of filtered water in the fridge. We usually drink room temperature water or add ice if we want it cold, but the jar of cold water is nice for making smoothies.

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June 17, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Our family loves these filters too. We use ours for all our cooking needs and for drinking as well. I am so happy that I can feel a bit of peace about what our kids are drinking. God bless you!

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June 20, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Yes, exactly Rebekah! I also use it for our houseplants and pets.

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June 21, 2016 at 4:16 PM

I'm sorry but I also cannot find the link. There is no photos of an amazon ad in the blog post I am looking at. I'm reading through Bloglovin' but only your blog url shows up in the address area....

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June 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM

Strange! Maybe Bloglovin' doesn't support the ads? I see it right after the article on both the mobile version and on the computer. I appreciate you letting me know, Chris :/

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September 12, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Are these Water Purifier portable? I m looking for portable water filtering.

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September 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM

I have read in the reviews that you can collapse the filter and carry it in a suitcase! So yes, they're portable, though mine stays on my kitchen counter. If I went on an extended trip I'd certainly consider bringing it!

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October 24, 2016 at 4:12 AM

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November 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM

I enjoyed reading your work. I'll come back for more

Keep up the good work :) from CWR

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December 26, 2016 at 8:12 PM

I have a water filter bottle and I bought it at good price too. Anyways at the end of purchase it is the effectiveness that matters. I am very satisfied of this product.

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February 22, 2017 at 10:16 PM

Thinking of your families health you wont mind the cost. But this is a great price and I hope it works better and last long.

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