For most everyone around the world, turning on your tap and getting fresh clean water is just a way of life. While this might seem to be a simple fact of modern civilization, it’s a relatively new innovation in the timeline of human development.
Access to fresh water is one of the largest drivers of creating a modern society, but what allows everyone access to seemingly endless supplies of potable water? It depends on where you live, but chances are behind your tap there’s a municipal water treatment plant.
There are two main types of water treatment plants: drinking water and wastewater plants. We’ll be focusing in on drinking water plants here, but if you’d like to learn about how wastewater is treated, you can watch a video on the topic here.
Both types of treatment plants serve the purpose of cleaning water, but in general, wastewater treatment plants will output water, or effluent, into streams or rivers and drinking water plants, or potable water treatment plants, will output their treated water into a city’s pipe distribution network.
The question still remains, how exactly does one treatment plant take dirty river or well water and turn it into water that is safe to drink? It involves a lot of processing using chemicals, filters, and removing all of the toxins and hazards from a given water source.
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“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”. So go the words of the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which, though written in 1798, remain frustratingly true to this day. All across the United States, communities are forced to subsist on bottled water because the water from their taps is tainted. Bottled water can get pretty expensive, so if you live in an area with unsafe drinking water it can be pretty difficult to get your eight glasses of water a day without having to take out a second mortgage on your house. If you’re tired of not being able to drink the water that comes directly from your tap, we recommend purchasing a water filter, which will purify the water in your home and make it safe for drinking. But how can you separate the best water filters from the worst ones? You can’t, but we can. We have drawn on our extensive knowledge of the area to compile this definitive ranking of the best water filters on the market. Each of the following filters will purify your water and finally make it safe for consumption, saving you hundreds of dollars on bottled water in the long run.
This video covers the Brita ‘On Tap’ filtration system in Chrome (also available in white.) This system connects directly to your kitchen faucet (multiple adapters included) and removes a long list of pollutants and chemicals.
Per the Brita website “Your Brita® Faucet Filtration System helps reduce asbestos, chlorine, lead, benzene and trichloroethylene.”
The system removes many more contaminants. See the Brita site for more info and/or a complete list.
Included is the Brita On tap base (Chrome), Brita filter (chrome), Faucet adapters, Instructions.
The system is easy to install and seems to work well (it’s only been installed a week.) Though it does reduce the strength of the unfiltered water stream. It’s not a massive reduction in flow, but it is noticeable. If you don’t use a dishwasher and manually wash dishes, the reduced flow may be an issue. Dishwasher equipped kitchens would likely not be bothered by the reduced flow at tap.
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I get a ton of questions about the big silver thing sitting on my counter. Today I am finally going to share all the ins and outs in this Berkey water filter review.
This is the Berkey we have: https://www.berkeyfilters.com/collections/berkey-water-filter-systems/products/royal-berkey?a_aid=5b2cf1884101a&a_bid=bef79039
I just selected none for the 2 additional filters (We run ours with the two included filters) and then checked the box for the 1 x Set of Fluoride Filters. I didn’t add any warranty or maintenance plans.
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Ever since I started sharing videos in my kitchen on my Youtube channel, people have been asking me about the big silver thing sitting out on my countertop.
“What the heck is that thing?!”
I mean, its kind of hard to miss.
I move it for some beauty shots on my Instagram page, but 99.9% of the time, this is the real look of our farmhouse kitchen. Pretty farm sink, ticking stripe curtain, white quartz counters and a big old eyesore of a stainless steel Berkey.
But, read on to find out why there is no way I’m moving it off our countertops anytime soon. ie. EVER.
Berkey water filter review video
Is the berkey worth the valuable coutertop real estate
When we were shopping water filter systems, seven + years ago, I had just had my second baby. I was in obsessive research mode about all things health and wellness. I had two tiny humans who depended on me to take care of them, and I didn’t want to mess it up.
It didn’t take long for me to find out that the public water we were consuming was the furthest thing from anything you would want to put in your body. And, being water-drinking health nuts, we were throwing back A LOT of it.
I quickly found out there were a million different filtration options…reverse osmosis, refrigerator pitcher systems, under counter systems..the list goes on.
I was concerned about drinking water loaded with chlorine, lead, arsenic, viruses and bacteria.
Our local water has so much chlorine that it actually smells like pool water, especially now that I am so used to drinking it from the Berkey.
The two deciding factors for choosing a berkey water filter
Price- I didn’t want to have to replace filters every few months. Some of the systems were a little cheaper up fron
Testing- The Berkey system allows you to test the filters to be sure they are working properly. (I explain the test in the FAQ below) One time my second daughter knocked the whole system off the counter. I was advised to run the “food dye test” to be sure they didn’t have any hairline fractures that would compromise the filters. I love that this is a possibility with the Berkey. With other filter son the market, you just have to hope that they are filtering properly and its hard to know when they have outlived their functionality.
Some FAQ about our Berkey water filter system
How do you do the food dye test with the Berkey water filter?
Remove the top portion of the stainless steel system, leaving the black filters securely screwed in.
Place the bottom tip of each filter into a glass jar.
Add eight cups of water and 10 drops of food coloring to the top basin and give it a little stir.
Watch the water come out completely clear into the glass jars below.
If the water in the jars has any tint to it, its time to replace those filters!
This is one of the reasons I decided to purchase the Berkey in the first place. With other filter models, how are you supposed to know if the filters are still doing their job?
With the Berkey I can be confident that my water is still being filtered completely for me and my family.
What does the Berkey filter out?
According to the Berkey website, Berkeys filter out over 99.99% chlorine, over 99.99% bacteria and viruses, lead, VOC’s, THM’s, lindane, benzene and atrizine.
Does the Berkey remove lead?
Yes, it does! It removes over 96% of the lead in water.
How often do you need to change Berkey filters?
Each black filter will last for 3,000 gallons. Each system can house up…
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Berkey water filters out perform typical water filters and actually cost less. Even if all you want is to filter your house tap water, a high quality water filter is your best option, and saves you money.
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