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Tis’ The Season For Giving Back

November 8th, 2017

Can you imagine being able to impact an entire community with the simple gift of clean water? Tis the season of giving and in light of recent natural disasters, it’s important to give back to those who are in need this precious gift.

Last year, Berkey Filters had the opportunity to help ROWAN (Rural Orphans & Widows AIDS Network) in Eastern Uganda. The network exists to help Orphans & Widows through; education, medical care and treatment, and business training. We were happy to provide Berkey systems as well as Berkey Sport Bottles, to deliver clean water. This year we partnered with the program again.

The thing I love about ROWAN is that they work closely with Ugandan widows, caregivers & community members – most of whom lost their spouse to AIDS.

The pure joy and health provided to these widows and orphans is priceless.

Here at Berkey Filters, we are also working closely with relief organizations like the Salvation Army to help in aiding recently affected hurricane communities with clean water.

What would you do if you could help?

The Berkey system can help people across the globe. Recently our friends at the Blinded Veterans Association of Puerto Rico were able to provide blind veterans access to clean water with the Berkey systems.

“Angel Reyes, President of the Blind Veteran’s Association, along with Sergeant- Major Ruben Sanchez, the Secretary-Treasurer have organized a team of workers, many of whom are blind or legally blind, to prepare, assemble and load the filters into private vehicles that are able to get into areas where larger relief vehicles can’t go,” explained Walt Gallaway in an email to Berkey Filters.

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Walt has been the middleman in helping us ship systems to Puerto Rico.

He goes on to explain, “These guys, are using their own money and vehicles to get filters to the most remote and needy areas. They go into smaller remote neighborhoods where a blind veteran lives, organize the neighborhood to share one or more filters, teach a responsible person how to maintain and keep the filter producing.”

What’s so extraordinary about these men is Sanchez, himself, is legally blind and his son drives him on filter deliveries. Can you imagine what it must be like to hand a filter to someone who has had nothing but rainwater to drink for over a month!

It’s because of these selfless organizations like Rowan and the Blind Veteran’s Group that so many without access to clean water can now confidently provide such a vital human necessity to those in need. Gallaway described it perfectly in saying, “These filters are making a huge difference in the mental and emotional health of the people delivering them as well as those who are using them.”

So, in the season of giving back, we applaud these organization for spreading the Berkey love!

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!

Kidney Health and Drinking Water Contaminants

March 15th, 2013

When consumed, drinking water contaminants can harm the body in many different ways. Some effects are acute, meaning that they occur within days of ingesting the contaminated water. Chronic effects, on the other hand, occur after several years of exposure to the contaminant. The kidney is one organ that frequently suffers chronic effects from long-term exposure to contaminants. Since March is National Kidney Month it seems appropriate to discuss the types of contaminants that can affect kidney health.

The Kidneys

Since the main purpose of the kidneys is to filter the blood for toxins and other impurities, it is not surprising that many contaminants can easily damage this very important organ. These contaminants can be released into your drinking water from a variety of different sources. Below is a list of the drinking water contaminants that can damage the kidneys. The contaminants are grouped by their primary source.

Water Disinfection Byproducts

Total Trihalomethanes

 

Discharge from Factories

1,1,2 – Trichloroethylene

Chlorobenzene

Hexachlorobenzene

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene

Mercury

o-Dichlorobenzene

p-Dichlorobenzene

Pentachlorophenol

Styrene

Thallium

Toluene

 

Runoff from Petroleum Refineries

Ethylbenzene

Ethylene dibromide

 

Herbicide / Insecticide Runoff

2,4-D

Alachlor

Glyphosate

Lindane

Toxaphene

 

Corroded Plumbing Systems

Cadmium

Copper

Lead

 

In addition to the chemical contaminants listed above, a particular strain of the biological contaminant, E. coli (O157: H7), can lead to kidney damage as well. The bacteria infect the gastrointestinal system which causes premature destruction of red blood cells. These red blood cells clog the kidneys which can result in kidney failure, especially in children.

The Solution

In order to maintain good kidney health it is important to limit your exposure to any of the above contaminants that might be in your drinking water. The Berkey Water Filters are very effective at removing or reducing nearly all of the drinking water contaminants that can potentially damage the kidneys. If there is a chance that any of these drinking water contaminants could be in your water, consider purchasing a Berkey Water Filter. It will not only benefit your kidney health but your overall well-being as well.

 

Select Water Filters Now Available in California

December 4th, 2012

Sales of select Berkey water filtration systems are now available to customers in the state of California. For several years, Berkey Water Filters could not be shipped to California residents. This limitation was due to somewhat ambiguous regulations that went into effect January 1, 2010. The regulations were not only vague but the related requirements also made it very costly, if not impossible, for smaller companies to comply with the regulations that were unique to the state of California.

Recently, the state of California further defined the requirements that pertain to this regulation. While certain California regulations still prohibit residential filtration systems that make health –related claims, such as pathogenic bacteria removal, it was recently determined that the regulations do not apply to water filtration systems used in outdoor and sporting applications. The systems that fall under this category and are therefore now available to California residents are:

  • Sport Berkey®
  • Go Berkey®
  • Travel Berkey®
  • Berkey Light™ (with or without LED lights)

Replacement elements will also be available for these systems as well.  Feel free to contact Berkey Filters Customer Service with any questions or concerns.

 

Improve Your Thanksgiving Dinner with Clean Water

November 20th, 2012

This Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are hosting a dinner, you will likely spend the entire morning and early afternoon painstakingly preparing the turkey and other main side dishes. Like any host, you will labor over all of the details, from the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes to the napkins on the table, so that your guests can have the perfect Thanksgiving experience. As a Berkey Filter user who is concerned about your water quality, you obviously will serve filtered water as a beverage option. In addition to drinking water, there are even more ways that you can utilize your purified water to enhance your Thanksgiving dinner. So before you begin the preparations for the big day, take a moment to discover the many of uses of clean water.

Drinking water

Offering your guests clean drinking water is the most obvious way to use your purified water. Both tap water and private well water can have a variety of contaminants including heavy metals, petrochemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, and if you are extremely unfortunate, pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Even if chemicals or disease-causing organisms are not present at harmful levels, the thought of contaminants in your water is less than appetizing. Since your guests will probably prefer to cleanse their palates with clean drinking water as opposed to a contaminant cocktail, make sure to have plenty of purified water ready. It only takes about an hour to make a fresh batch of purified water but you can also filter extra water in advance and store it in a beverage dispenser or your refrigerator. Don’t forget to make purified ice using ice trays!

Rinsing food

If you plan to prepare a turkey for dinner, one of the first things you will do with your thawed turkey is rinse the outside of the bird as well as the cavity. The goal is to “clean” the turkey and then coat it with your choice of seasonings. While sage, thyme, or other herb is a seasoning of choice, contaminants are not. Rinsing with unpurified water leaves a residue on the surface of the food which can influence taste. For example, water containing chlorine, the most common disinfectant in water systems, oftentimes has a bleach-like or medicinal taste. The residue left from rinsing with chlorinated water may impart the same unwanted taste in your turkey. This unappetizing aftertaste may occur when you rinse your fruits and vegetables as well so remember to use the purified water.

Boiling water for cooking and preparing hot beverages

As you prepare your side dishes, you will likely boil potatoes, rice, or pasta. This is another step of the food preparation process that can use a little help from your purified water. Just as with rinsing your turkey, fruits, and vegetables, boiling your side dish ingredients in unpurified water will leave a less than palatable residue behind. You may also boil water for tea, coffee, or other hot beverage. Keep in mind that boiling water actually concentrates contaminants like heavy metals. So if you live in an old house with lead pipes or copper pipes with lead solder joints, your plumbing may contribute lead to your drinking water. In this situation, it is advised that you only use cold water for cooking and that you run the tap water for at least one minute prior to use. These extra precautions are time-consuming when you are already in a rush to finish cooking. And then you will worry that you are giving your guests a higher than normal concentration of lead because you had to boil water for tea! Reduce unnecessary worry and stress by boiling only purified water.

Berkey saves the day!

Whether you realize it or not, water is a large part of your dinner preparations for Thanksgiving or any other meal, for that matter. Using water that is contaminant-free not only prevents the consumption of unwanted contaminants but also helps to enhance the flavors of the meal. Before the food preparation frenzy begins, be sure to filter a large amount of water so that you have enough available for cooking as well as drinking. When the festivities begin your guests will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and you can sit back, relax, and be thankful for your Berkey Water Filter.

 

Election 2012: The Berkey Filter is the Right Water Filter for You

November 5th, 2012

On Election Day, you will be making decisions that you hope will have a positive impact on the country. During this time of great decision-making, take a moment to consider something else that is just as important. It is neither a political office nor legislation but is something that you take for granted every day –and that is clean water. This substance is vital to life on earth and is undeniably a part of your daily activities. Water is so very important but is it as pure as you would prefer, or do you need to improve your water quality? Wouldn’t you like to have a water filter that you can use on a daily basis as well as in the event of an emergency to provide you with healthy water that won’t make you sick?

There are numerous water filters on the market but we are convinced that the Berkey water filter is the right choice for you. Below are the reasons why the Berkey should get your “vote”.

The Berkey filter has your best interests in mind.

Its Black Berkey Purification Elements remove contaminants like bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and chlorine but leave the healthy minerals in your water so that you can enjoy the nutritional benefits.

The Black Berkey Purification Elements will be with you for possibly four years or longer.

Each element has a lifespan of 3000 gallons. If you are using a unit with two elements and use 4 gallons per day (the average daily amount used for a family of four) you can expect the elements to last for about 4 years!

The Berkey filter will not require you to spend all of your hard-earned money.

Since the purification elements have such a long lifespan, the majority of your expense is the initial purchase of the unit with occasional replacement of the elements. No one likes debt whether it is on the national or personal level. Avoid a debt crisis by investing in a cost-efficient Berkey filter.

The Berkey filter is able to meet the varying needs of the people.

The seven model sizes vary from a 1 quart to a 6 gallon storage capacity and most of the units allow for variable element configurations. For example, the Crown Berkey can be run with as little as 2 elements but can accommodate up to 8 elements giving you an unbelievable 24,000 gallon lifespan if all are used at the same time! Using this maximum configuration, the Berkey unit will filter 26 gallons per hour!

The Berkey filter has an excellent reputation in “foreign relations”.

The Berkey has traveled the world with missionaries, world explorers, and many other types of Berkey owners. You do not have to worry about your water quality when the Berkey filter is with you.

The Berkey Filter has a dependable “team of advisors”.

The Berkey Filters Customer Service Team will not let you down. They are available Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, to provide you with excellent support services concerning unit preparation and assembly, troubleshooting, sales, or any other issue.

 

We all can admit that Berkey filters are very attractive filtration units, whether they have a stainless steel or blue co-polyester housing, but do not simply choose the Berkey for this reason alone. Make a conscious decision to improve your water’s taste, your health, your well-being, and your level of preparedness for any emergency. You deserve the best water filter available. Purchase a Berkey filter today and have hope for a positive future with contaminant-free water!

 

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