Berkey Water Filter

rbThis is not my normal type post for this site in that it isn’t directly related to finances, but it is focused on life and what can happen in life.

Today I want to talk with you about water. Odd topic you may say, but water, next to food, is the one thing that we all must have to survive. In fact, you can only survive about three days without water.

If you live in the east coast you know we are in the middle of hurricane season. Thank goodness, there have been no storms to date and they except this season to be a slow one. However, the year that Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida, that was also considered a slow hurricane season.  It only take one really big storm to change life.

Bottle Water

Being prepared in life is much more than living debt free, it is also about making sure you are living a life that is prepared as much as possible so you are not having to rely on others and worse yet, so you don’t get into debt in case a disaster does occur. Part of being prepared for hurricane season is to ensue you have water stored up.

Now, I am not saying if a hurricane comes that you will get into debt by buying water, my point is more that you won’t have to rely on someone else for water and you know you will need water. I remember when I was married, every time my husband and I went to the grocery store, I would buy a case of bottle water, to the point that my husband, now ex, would say, “we have enough water”. Well let me tell you, you will go through bottled water very fast if you don’t have access to clean tap water. I now realize that storing up bottled water is not such a great idea. Don’t get me wrong, I think having a couple of cases of water is a great idea, but I think have a way to filter water is a better approach.

Filtered Water

Enter the Berkey water filter. Wow, where has this been all my life? I bought a Big Berkey with two Black Berkey filters. This thing is fantastic! First, I have never liked the taste of tap water, it has a chlorine smell and taste, I just don’t like it and end up putting Tang or lemonade in the water to kill the chlorine taste a bit.

Well, a friend of mine was telling me about his Berkey water filter and how it makes the water taste, well it makes the water so it doesn’t taste so it tastes great!

So I bought a Big Berkey, primed the filters, and filtered my first 2 1/2 gallons of water. Wow! The water tasted great, way better than even bottled water, plus, I don’t have all these empty plastic bottles filling up my trash. Instead, I either drink out of a glass, but most of the time I fill up a Zojirushi stainless steel water bottle so the water stays nice and cold.

One Berkey filter, will filter out 3000 gallons of water, in my Big Berkey, I have two filters, that is 6000 gallons of water it will filter, these filters will last me nearly eight years. For the most part it is maintenance free, I just clean the filters about every six months, which takes a matter of minutes. This thing is totally fantastic.

Clean Water

So I started out talking about preparing for hurricane season by having stored water, well, with Berkey, I don’t need to store water, I can take any water source and pour it in the Berkey, and out comes drinkable water! This came to a test a few weeks ago when I had a water main break on my street. The water pressure dropped and we had to boil our water. Not me, I just took the water out of the tap, like I always do, poured it into the Berkey and let gravity do the rest, out came clean purified water. As long as I had a water source and a Berkey, I have clean water, genius!

So needless to say, I now only keep just a couple of cases of bottle water, and use the Berkey all the time for clean fresh drinkable water.

Water Required For Life

Like I said, this isn’t my normal type of post for this site, but water is just as important as being debt free and living a life that is well planned. When you live in debt, you are beholding to others. If you need water, due to a storm or water main break and you can’t get to a store to buy water or you can’t boil it if your power is out, because of a storm you may have to rely on someone else for water. This is your planned solution to be self-reliant as well as maybe be able to help others instead of needed help from others.

Go ahead, research a Berkey water filter, then get one, you won’t regret it!