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Ways To Use Berkey Water

October 6th, 2017

So, you bought a Berkey.  Now you get to enjoy pure, chemical free water. If you are like me then you are super excited about your new water purifier. So much so that you want to use your Berkey water for everything! After I purchased my Berkey I noticed I was also drinking way more water! However, it is important to keep in mind that you should be refilling your system at least every other day. Having a hard time using up all the water in two days? Berkey water doesn’t have to be used just for drinking!  Check out these 40 other ways to use your purified water!

 

Photo by Shannon Shear

  • Drinking
  • Smoothies
  • Water plants
  • Water for pets – Your pets can taste the difference. My cats won’t go near tap water! 
  • Wash produce
  • Kombucha – Are you loving the healthy benefits of Kombucha as much as I am? This fermented tea is packed full of probiotics!

 

 

  • Making Coffee or Tea – I swear my coffee tastes so much smoother and rich when I use Berkey water!
  • Lemonade/beverages
  • Making Ice cubes
  • Cooking- boiling pasta, soups, etc.
  • Make homemade soap and home products
  • Nut Butters – When making your own nut butter you can use Berkey water to soak the nuts.

  • Popsicles
  • Hand-wash only laundry
  • Baby Formula
  • Essential Oils Diffusers
  • Shower – our Berkey shower filter removed 99% of free chlorine! I also noticed that my skin and hair is much softer after using the shower filter. 
  • Brush teeth
  • Wash face
  • Sprout seeds/vegetables
  • Household CleaningCanning/preserving food
  • Filtering rainwater
  • Traveling
  • Fermented foods
  • Potpourri
  • Bathing infants/children
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Watercolor
  • Rosewater
  • DIY Antibacterial Spray
  • Storing for an emergency
  • Instant Milk
  • Fresh bouquets – I noticed my bouquets will last almost two weeks longer when I put them in Berkey water! And they keep their fresh scent longer too.
  • Sharing with family/friends
  • In a soda stream
  • Hummingbird feeder
  • In your camper/tent
  • Fill a pitcher in your fridge- never be without cold water! You can refrigerate Berkey water for up to 7 days.

Photo by Steve Cox

Did we forget something? Feel free to share your Berkey water uses in the comments!

Pets Need Berkey Water Too!

August 17th, 2017

You feed them expensive food, buy them lots of fun toys, they may even sleep on memory foam beds, but do you think about the water you are giving to your fur babies?

Just like humans, cats and dog’s bodies are made up of 80% water. It only makes sense that you would want to provide them with the best H2O possible.

 

“Remember, if you wouldn’t drink the water coming out of the faucet, you probably shouldn’t give it to your dog. And if the city government tells you not to drink the water, your dog shouldn’t drink it either,” advises PetMD.com.

The same harmful contaminants in tap water are just as susceptible to our pets especially since their bodies are smaller; unsafe drinking water can cause more damage more quickly.

So how can you keep your pets healthy? Start by testing your water. This way you will know exactly what harmful contaminants you and your pets could be ingesting. You can also ask your local water company for a yearly report on your water conditions.

Next, invest in a water filter and provide your pets with the filtered water. Berkey Systems removes bacteria and viruses at 99.99% while allowing healthy minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium) to remain. Your pets will appreciate this extra benefit!

Finally, frequent cleaning of your pet’s water dish will keep away bacteria and mold. We recommend giving their food and water dishes a good clean with warm soapy water every few days.

 

You and your pets will taste the difference. If the water tastes better, it will only encourage your animals to drink more water, keeping them from getting dehydrated!

So, go ahead and keep spoiling your four legged friends. Give them the filtered water! They will thank you in sloppy kisses, sweet purrs, and wagging tails!

 

Sources:

www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/tap-water-safe-dogs

www.iheartcats.com/could-tap-water-be-causing-health-issues-in-pets/

www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education3/2-water-pets-page2.htm

www.waterforlifeonline.com/blog/pets-love-drinking-water-more-than-humans/

Photo credit 1st photo: @melissayogi1111

Photo credit 2nd photo: @inhonorofmotherhood

Why You Need Filtered Water!

May 10th, 2017

 

Do you know what’s in your drinking water? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 77 million people across the US are drinking contaminated tap water. The EPA states “This is now forcing more people to figure out how and where to get clean drinking water.”  As US citizens, we are fortunate enough to have running water, but is your water “healthy”? From Flint, MI to Newark, NJ our drinking water is under siege as a result of cost-cutting budgets and careless disposal of waste.

You care about the food you eat and getting enough exercise, but have you considered the quality of water you drink?  High quality “healthy” water is just as, if not MORE important as high-quality, non-GMO food. Filtered water is no longer just a taste preference, but a necessity.

Even if you are lucky enough to live in an area with a cleaner water source there still may be chemicals present in the water. It is still important to consider investing in a water purification system.

The easy “solution” millions make is to buy bottled water, but can you really trust what you are drinking? Where does this water come from, how long has the water been in that plastic water bottle, what chemicals are leaching from the plastic, and are you recycling the plastic bottles? These are all important questions to consider when buying bottled water. 

Additionally, if you’re buying bottled water for its convenience and low price, you might want to reconsider.  A 40 pack of 16.9 oz. water bottles costs on average $3.98. That’s 5.28 gallons of water which works out to $0.75 per gallon. Remember this number; we’ll come back to it a bit later. To reach the recommended 64 oz. of water a day, each member of your household needs to drink four 16.9 oz. bottles. For a family of four, your 40 pack will last only 2.5 days.

If you’ve already made the decision that bottled water is not for you, you likely know there are many options on the market to filter your water including pitcher, sink and refrigerator filters.  However, there are fewer water purification options on the market. A purifier is more powerful than a filter. It’s like a super filter removing more contaminants than a standard filter, such as bacteria and viruses. Whichever option you choose, it’s important to do your research to truly understand what your water filter or purification system removes.

The Berkey system is a purifier meaning it will remove more heavy metals, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and trihalomethanes, than a typical pitcher, sink or fridge filter. The technology that Berkey uses to purify water can handle the very smallest of water contaminants, even viruses, making it one of the most powerful water filtering systems available.

A common area of anxiety many experience when buying a filtration system is the initial cost.  Filter systems are typically less expensive for initial setup than purification systems, however, as you add up the cost and time to buy replacement filters every 1 to 3 months, they are actually substantially more expensive than a purification system, like the Berkey. Consider the average cost of bottled water is $0.75 per gallon (calculated above).  A Berkey filter’s cost is $0.02 per gallon ($107 cost / 6,000-gallon filter lifespan). That is 37 times less than bottled water! Let’s also consider the price of pitcher and faucet filter replacements. Typically, pitcher filter replacement cost $0.15 per gallon, as they last 40 gallons and cost $6.33 each. A Faucet filter is even more expensive at $0.18 per gallon, as they typically last 100 gallons and cost $18.99 each.  Compared to Berkey Filters both pitcher and faucet filters are 7.5 to 9 times more expensive. Also, take into consideration the lifespan of Berkey Filters (6,000 gallons) will last 150 to 160 times longer than pitcher and faucet filters.

Even though the initial set up cost for Berkey may seem pricey (systems start at $228) you will be saving more money and time than buying plastic water bottles, pitcher and faucet filters. With a Berkey Filter system, your water is a mere $0.02 per gallon for clean drinking water, and your filters will last for years, saving you valuable time!

With Berkey Filters you can now be in control of the water you drink.  Make the choice today to cut out unhealthy water and switch to Berkey Water; you won’t be disappointed!

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