My guest on DestinySurvival Radio yesterday was Jeff Gleason, known as the Berkey Guy. Jeff has been an authorized Berkey dealer for over five years, so he’s not a newcomer trying to make a fast buck in a growing preparedness market. He wants to offer products people can use in an emergency that may save lives.
In 2007 and 2008 when the economy took a dive, business picked up. However, restrictive laws about water filtration products prevent the sale of Berkey systems in Iowa and California.
Mainstream media comes forth from time to time with stories about drugs, chemicals, or other pollutants in our everyday drinking water. People may be waking up to the poor state of our tap water. But where are the solutions for you and me.
That’s where a good water filtration system comes in. If you don’t have one, you need one, even for ordinary tap water.
If you’ve already got a household water filtration system, you need a backup in case you can’t use your home system or you have to leve home for a time. And that’s where a Berkey system comes in.
Jeff doesn’t recommend using a swimming pool as your water supply in a crisis situation, unless you know what’s in it. For example, did you put the chlorine in yourself? In that case, have a Berkey filter on hand and run your pool water through it.
Don’t run salty water or ocean water through a Berkey filter. Though it will clean pond or stream water, you might want to run that water through a cheese cloth or coffee filter first to make your Berkey filter elements last longer.
If you’re storing water at home, don’t run the water through the Berkey first. Do that when you’re ready to use your water. Also, rotate your water so it doesn’t go stale.
Why not simply boil water to purify it? As good as that may be, it takes a lot of heat energy and time. Running water through a Berkey is much more convenient. Berkeys are portable, too.
Berkey systems are gravity fed. Water poured into the top chamber comes out clean from the bottom chamber.
They’re also less costly than the reverse osmosis system or distiller you may have in your home. It’s not a water softener either. But you can filter 2-3 gallons of water in an hour without the use of electricity. And portability is another advantage.
Black Berkey elements get rid of bacteria, cysts, chlorine and more, but not fluoride or arsenic. For that you need a PF2 filter, which works in combination with the other Berkey elements.
Black Berkey elements will last through 6,000 gallons of water. That’s as long as 3-4 years of steady use before they need replacing. Maintenance is necessary only about every 3-6 months. It involves back flushing and priming the filters.
Berkey has different systems for different situations. For example, at home with a family of 3-4 people, use a Berkey Light or Big Berkey. For travel or at work, try the Berkey Go Kit or Travel Berkey. Other choices are spelled out on Jeff’s web site, which you can go to here. The link for the February 17, 2011, DestinySurvival Radio show no longer works, so if you’d like to hear the audio, please contact me, and we can make the necessary arrangements.