Survival: Part Two-Water Purification Continued

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Welcome back to the continued Part Two- Water Purification. We’ve been discussing ways to prepare for survival. I introduced to you the Berkey® Water Purification system and shared, from their website, great reasons to invest in a Berkey.

I recently purchased a Berkey. and so far, everyone in the house enjoys the excellent drinking water the Berkey® provides. For many years I have used a PUR® water pitcher. I gave a reverse osmosis system a try and didn’t care for the “taste” of the water.

The Berkey has landed

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After ordering my Berkey® directly from their website, I set myself up to receive notifications by text. They let me know when my Berkey® had left and when it arrived at the Slayton UPS. A text was sent when it was loaded on the UPS truck, along with an approximate arrival time. YAHOO!

Somehow the UPS man slipped under my radar, and before I knew it, a text arrived that the Berkey® was waiting for me on my front porch. YES! I ran to the front door and hauled it in.

My grandson loves boxes, so he immediately wanted whatever was in the box, out of the box. He was looking for the big, air-filled pockets. We refer to them as “poppers”. To his dismay, there were no “poppers”.

The Berkey® arrived in a protective outer box, followed by a S O L I D Berkey® product box. I knew I could go no further in my unboxing until I put my grandson down for a nap.

Impressive

Once my helper was taking his nap, I quickly ran to finish the unboxing. Berkey® thought of everything to protect the stainless-steel water purifier. Each part of the stainless-steel Berkey® was neatly tucked inside a well-designed, cotton-feeling pouch. Nothing arrived scratched. The black filters were tucked neatly in their own box.

I purchased the Royal Berkey®, which holds 3.25 gallons. The Berkey website suggests you allow 1 gallon of filtered water, per person, per day, for drinking and body care needs. I consider myself a bit of a water snob, as I drink 24 cups of water a day. Water is so foundational to your body and its functions that it better be the good stuff!

I carefully laid everything out and grabbed the directions. I also quickly texted my friend that my Berkey® had arrived! She immediately shot back a text emphasizing that I should wash my hand in warm soapy water as well as all the stainless steel parts.

What did I just get myself into

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I got a bit overwhelmed with the text and quickly grabbed the directions. Yes, they did want you to have a clean approach to setting up the Berkey®. And as I thought about it, it made sense. This item holds water and you don’t want bacteria living in the two tanks.

My mind flashed back to my Veterinary Technician training. I scrubbed my hands like I was preparing for surgical assistance. Though I love microbiology, there would be no crazy science experiment going on!

Once I had cleaned and rinsed each item, I dried them with a clean towel and let them air dry for 5 minutes. As the Berkey® air dried, I quickly searched for a YouTube video about assembling a Berkey® and discovered a very helpful video. You can check it out here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DoyuXhEnLk.

Lisa, from Farmhouse on Boone, does a great job of walking you through assembling your Berkey®, plus priming the filters. Go, check it out. It is well worth the time.

What was I afraid of?

Once I finished watching the video, I felt a sense of confidence and got right to assembling the Berkey®. I bought my Berkey® a cute little marble stand for it to sit on. You can order a stand from the company, but I wanted a better look. Enter marble cake stand from Hobby Lobby clearance. Woo hoo!

The two black filters require priming. They give you a rubber ring to help with priming your filters underneath your kitchen faucet. This was the most time-consuming part and requires a bit of muscle as you must apply pressure to your filter, to force the water into the filter.

You’ll know you’ve successfully primed your filter when the outside of the filter begins to sweat or weep water. You want the entire filter to be sweating water. Then you know the filter is primed. IF YOU SKIP THIS STEP, YOU WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED. You want your filters to perk the water through at a nice rate. Otherwise, it will perk too slowly. PRIME IT!

By the way, they do sell a priming kit which looks so much easier, but those were out of stock when I ordered my Berkey®. So, I just gave it my Dutch girl best.

Final thoughts

Once everything was assembled, filters primed, and extra filter holes sealed (you can have four filters in this Berkey®), I began to fill the water filtering reservoir. I let it sit till the water had perked through. Once it perked through, I drain the water holding tank and did that three times per the directions.

The water perks through quickly and the taste is delicious! I am happy I purchased this size Berkey®. with all the coffee making and water drinking, we tap it dry in under three days.

Next week, we will talk about LifeStraw. Stay tuned! Here is to good food, good friends, and great-tasting drinking water!

Survival: Part Two-Water Purification

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Welcome back to, Survival: Part Two-Water Purification. I hope you enjoyed last week’s article. These articles are to help you prepare, not cause worry. This week we will cover two excellent water purification systems: Berky® and LifeStraw®.

Before we get started, neither Berkey® nor LifeStraw® has paid me to review their products. I did purchase a Berkey® and will speak on my experience with that water purification system.

Water Standards

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Regardless of what we are experiencing now, clean, purified water is essential on any given day. Several different agencies publish local water testing results. Minnesota, where I live, has several legislative acts to protect drinking water and to keep drinking water as clean as possible.

Here are just a few drinking water regulations/acts:

Back home, I often heard of older folks drinking from a creek or stream by the farm or the woods. When they finish talking about how fun and delicious it was to get a drink, they end the sentence with, “But I wouldn’t recommend drinking from there now.”

What is acceptable?

Our governing bodies within our city, county, state, and country have decided what acceptable levels are in our drinking water. Water is an essential part of our survival, so drinking the best water is a priority.

Each year the Edgerton Enterprise reports the findings from our city water sample test. You can get 2021’s water report here. This was published on June 16, 2021. To summarize, a drinking water report, https://adams.extension.wisc.edu/files/2013/01/Home-Water-Safety-Interpreting-Drinking-Water-Test-Results.pdf, will give you a variety of information on:

  1. List any contaminants: bacteria, nitrates, lead, and copper- things that can harm you.
  2. Water Quality- alkalinity, chloride, conductivity, corrosive index, hardness, ph.

At the end of the day, you and I want to be drinking water that is pure and clean. Pure and clean is hard to come by most anywhere, especially in rural settings where nitrates tend to be highest.

Chemicals in the water we drink, are allowed to be there under a certain level. You can take those chemicals in at certain levels without being harmed. Unfortunately, according to EWG’s website:

The federal government’s legal limits are not health-protective. The EPA has not set a new tap water standard in almost 20 years, and some standards are more than 40 years old.

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/system.php?pws=MN1590001

This isn’t good news for anyone! So, what can be done about drinking pure and clean drinking water? Enter the home water purification systems: Berkey®https://theberkey.com/, and LifeStraw® https://lifestraw.com/. These two water purification systems are very popular.

Berkey®

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While doing research for our topic of survival, water quickly became a top survival item. I got a recommendation from a friend to try out a Berkey. She enjoyed her Berky and said the water taste was excellent. Here are just a few selling points for Berkey from their website:

Berkey Works Better Than Any Gravity Filters Available!

Berkey® systems equipped with Black Berkey Elements remove up to 99.999% of viruses and 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria, while also removing or dramatically reducing Bacteria like E. coli, Chlorine, Viruses, Chloramines, Parasites, Fluoride, Heavy Metals, Trihalomethane (THMs), Pharmaceuticals, Petroleum Contaminants, Bisphenol-A (BPA), Perfluorochemicals (PFOAS), Herbicides & Pesticides, protozoa, Inorganic minerals, VOCs, Petroleum products, Perfluorinated chemicals, Rust, Silt, Sediment, and even Radiologicals.

Berkey filters produce the most Healthful Drinking Water available. Berkey Water Filter can remove hundreds of contaminants from the water and purify more than any other gravity filter available. Black Berkey Elements exceed EPA 7 ANSI/NSF Protocols and are Independently Tested by EPA/NSF Certified Lab. (see the complete list of contaminants Berkey can remove)

♛ Berkey Makes Your Water Taste Delicious

Berkey Water Filter makes your water taste much better by filtering out all of the toxins but leaving the minerals in the water as it should be. You will notice a difference right away.

♛ Berkey For Emergency Preparedness

Berkey Water Filter is a great survival gear in emergency situations as it works without the need for electricity and is able to purify raw, untreated water from remote lakes and streams.

♛ Berkey Saves Your Money

Berkey Water Filter is the most economical water purification system available as you can purify water for about two cents per gallon and it will last for years.

♛ Berkey is Simple and Easy

Berkey Water Filter does not require to be connected to your home plumbing system. A complete standalone system that can be set up in less than 10 minutes without any tools.

Friends, I am out of time. Tune in next week as we walk through the unboxing, set-up, and use of my new Berkey®! Here is to good food, good friends, and pure drinking water!