Can Berkey Filter Rain Water?

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Yes! Rainwater can be collected, poured through the Berkey water filter system, and then safely used for drinking or cooking.

The Berkey purification process is powerful enough to remove bacteria, sediment and any other contaminants. Harvest rainfall safely for drinking water with Berkey!

What is rainwater collection?

Rainwater collection is the process of gathering rainfall to be stored for later use. Using gravity, water from rainstorms is directed off of roofs, usually via gutters, into containers.

Why collect rainwater?

One of the most common reasons to collect rainwater is using what nature provides in times of abundance in preparation for times of scarcity. Other benefits to collecting rainfall include cost savings, eco-friendliness, and erosion prevention. This natural resource can be used for hydration, meal preparation, and hygienic purposes.

Thinking ahead to drought and dry seasons, water is still needed for everyday life. What will happen if no water is available via typical channels? How will people offset la ack of water in a drought? Capitalizing on available water when it rains is a great way to prepare for when it's not raining.

During rainy seasons, taking advantage of the readily available, salt-free water and storing it can maintain water use during the dry seasons. Collected rain provides an alternative to municipally supplied water. The freedom from government dependency is enough reason for some people to opt for self-sufficiency. Having a supply of water is smart for emergency situations, such as when utilities and services are disrupted.

Autonomy in water supply can also be a money-saving tactic. Currently, collecting rainwater is a relatively free endeavor. There are some costs in setting up a system to be able to collect water off a roof or likewise, but once set up the actual process costs nothing. There's no tax or fees on rainwater, unlike tap water. Some use their collected water just for their lawn and garden, which cuts their water bill significantly.

Those who are environmentally conscious often choose to harvest rainwater because of the sustainability aspects. Reducing the demand on city-supplied water reduces the need for energy (electricity) required to pump the water. It also decreases the number of chemicals (such as chlorine) needed to treat the water. Reducing the demand eventually translates to less strain on the environment. 

Rainwater collection, especially using a Berkey to clean the water, is far less taxing on the environment than traditional municipal water treatment processes. Remove the middleman and still get great water, maybe even better water. Rainwater doesn't have the pesticides, petroleum products, and pharmaceuticals that groundwater picks up as it moves through the water treatment facility. Any impurities that rainwater may have from coming in contact with a roof are removed via the Berkey filters.


How to collect rainwater?

Most methods of collecting rainwater involve setting a barrel or other large container at the bottom of a downspout that is fed off of a roof. When it rains, it falls on a large-surface roof is directed downward into a spout where it funnels into a storage vessel. 

On a large scale, rain and snowmelt is collected into reservoirs or lakes off of mountains. Those reservoirs feed irrigation systems for crop production and also are the main source for municipal use.

For residential use, most gutters and downspouts can be converted or adjusted to collect precipitation. Rain barrels or cisterns are commonly used as storage tanks. The basic principle of rainwater catchment is directing water from above into a controlled vessel. It adds a little structure to where the water flows.

Be aware of state laws that may prohibit or restrict how and how much rainwater can be collected and stored. Some verbiage declares collecting rainwater is diverting water. Doing so prevents the water from going down stream or seeping into the aquifers, therefore tampering with the intended use of the water. 

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Why Use a Berkey for Rain Water?

Contaminant removal. Period. Rainwater should be pretty clean, but in the case that it picks up gases or small particles as it makes its way down to the earth, the Berkey will remove those. Also, take into consideration the material that comes in contact with the rain to get it into the container, for example, the roof. 

Roofing and shingles contain all sorts of contaminants. Luckily, Berkey Filters blocks those contaminants. The Black Berkey Filters are actually purification elements. They do more than just filter. Employing several methods, Berkey systems block, trap, prevent, and transform contaminants so that the water becomes safe to drink.

Clean up the water you drink. Give your body a break. It already does a great job of working hard to filter out daily pollutants. For optimal functionality, give your internal systems a break by filtering your water before you consume it. 


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