Have you heard recent rumblings about your Berkey water filter and that it may not be as safe as you thought?
First of all, believe me, I know how frustrating it is to try so hard to do things right for your family and make your very best effort to choose safely–whether it's the food you're feeding them or the gadgets you're buying, and then find out you may have been wrong. Ughhhh, that drives me crazy! BUT all we can do is the best we can do at the moment. Sometimes new info comes out and we have adjust.
I've had people send me this article on the Berkey and ask if it's legit.
I haven't done this testing myself so it's hard to know for sure. I looked online for a rebuttal, but there are so many Berkey sites, I couldn't tell which one is the “real” one. (BerkeyFilters.com, BerkeyWater.com, BerkeyWaterFilter.com, theBerkey.com, etc.!)
Here's what a friend heard back when she contacted them on Instagram:
It's hard to know what's true or not with these Berkey concerns, but this is what I DO know…
The only thing I know for sure is that Radiant Life is who I trust because I've met the owners in person, not once, but several times. I chat with them each year at the Wise Traditions conference, and I've even interviewed them and their water guy Tom. (By the way, the WAPF conference is in Tennessee this fall, and it's the weekend of October 22 instead of November like normal, FYI. Make plans to come and I'd love to meet up!)
When I asked them about that article, they were too classy to bash another company, all they said was “we do not and never will sell Berkey units.” The only thing they shared was this: “The aluminum referenced in the article is based on the Activated Alumina which is the material used inside Berkey’s add-on filter(s). We don’t use that material in ANY of our gravity filter candles, in any way at all.”
What I recommend for safe water filtering:
- Portable solution: If you want a “Berkey type” of system, for those in an apartment or in a temporary situation, Radiant Life sells a better version which you can find here. (But see #3 below that I like better for this because: no refilling and doesn't take up a ton of counter space!)
- Better filter for your Berkey: If you already have a Berkey, you could also check to see if Radiant Life sells a better filter that would fit in what you already have? UPDATE: I have scoop for you! They do sell filters that fit a Berkey, but check sizes to be sure. Here's what Tom from Radiant Life said, “Yes, our ceramic filters can be installed in a Berkey. Please check the dimensions to be sure. The filters are 7” long from the mounting base to the cone of the filter. The threaded stem that inserts through the upper housing to secure filter is another 1” long. Diameter is 1 7/8.” Check them at this link.
- Under sink filter that we have (also a portable solution): This is the one we have had for years and still love it: this one comes with a faucet and filters out the most (scroll down at this post to see the comparison chart), or get this one if you want to use the faucet you already have but it filters out a bit less (again see the comparison chart when you scroll down here)–that's also good for those in an apartment or a temporary situation. There is no refilling the water like with a Berkey, it takes very little room under your sink, it's easy to install, and normally the filters last a year or more depending on your water coming in. Best of all, it filters out the bad stuff (including Fluoride), but leaves in the minerals! Read more about ours here: why we ditched reverse osmosis water.
- Already have a water filter and need replacement filters or parts? Check here for those.
For any of the above filters or parts, use the code KOP for a discount.
I hope all of that is helpful!
Read more here about our safe water filtering system:
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