We've recently added a new member to our family. Meet Berkey. (I know, super original name) We love him so much.
I started researching the Berkey water filter system last year when I saw it at a local coffee shop. And then multiple bloggers I follow started sharing they used a Berkey too. It persuaded me into investigating what the big deal was with it. I found that the big deal is how powerfully clean it filters the water. They call it micro-filtration that removes viruses, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, and unhealthy contaminates to UNDETECTABLE levels. And a Berkey does it all without using harsh chemicals like iodine or chlorine.
My next question before I considered investing in one for myself was, "Is our water really that contaminated that we need something so intense?" And the short answer for me was, Hell Yes! To check for yourself you can go to ewg.org, type in your zip code and see what the water is like in your area. It tells you when it was tested and what chemicals/contaminates were found. Also, it gives you details of where the level of each contaminate falls in comparison with national and state levels. It's unbelievable.
Here's what was in our water the last time it was tested:
These are just the contaminants detected about the health guidelines. There were 30 other detected contaminants that were present but not above health guidelines. Among those were chemicals like aluminum, fluoride, cyanide, nitrite, bromoform and lots of others I can't pronounce or spell. Granted we didn't ever use tap water for drinking but still you use it for things without even thinking like rinsing pasta or beans, baths and showers, cleaning, etc.
I'm not trying to scare anyone and I'm not saying I know all the facts on clean drinking water but just aiming to bring awareness to the fact that our water isn't necessarily as clean as we might think it is. And sharing the best option I've found for our family. Of course, don't just take my word for it; do your own research and see if it would be a good fit for you.
You can read more specifics on how Berkeys work and the benefits of them here, berkeywater.com.