5 Reasons You Need a Berkey Water Filter in Your Life

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

I know this sounds weird, but where I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, our tap water tasted delicious. I'm not sure where the actual quality stands, but dang is it good. When I moved to California in 2012, I began drinking the tap water just the same and immediately regretted it - it was SO bad! The taste was awful, so I would regularly opt for bottled water or use a Brita. I eventually became more conscious of the planet and stopped buying plastic. I also didn't want to keep buying Brita filters, so I decided to get rid of that as well. I quickly became addicted to alkaline water and would constantly go fill up reusable jugs of that - alkaline water tastes SO good to me. After a few years of this annoying chore, my boyfriend suggested water delivery, which I was all for! We decided on reverse osmosis water (at the time I had no idea this method removed beneficial minerals!) and did this for about 6 months or so until he recently told me he was paying $60/month for this delivery - which is insane! I knew there had to be a cheaper, healthier, and easier way to stay hydrated, so I began searching. There's many options out there, but I remember seeing Lee From America post about the Berkey Filter, and then my acupuncturist told me she got one and also loved it, so I was sold! We weren't sure which one to get at first, but we eventually decided on the Big Berkey with 2 black filters. For our 2 person household, we fill our 2.25 gallon system every other day, sometimes every day. In addition to drinking a ton of water each day, I use the filtered water for everything; coffee, tea, cooking rice and pastas, making soup, etc. In the past I would use tap water for cooking since our water delivery water was so precious, but now that we put tap water in our Berkey, we have endless clean water for me to cook with! We also used to buy separate water for watering our plants (LA tap water kills them, think about THAT!), but now I use the Berkey water which makes it incredibly convenient. I even filled up glass bottles with my Berkey water to serve at an event I hosted last weekend... how pretty is that?!

Ok, on to the good stuff. I've been using my Berkey for a couple of months now and want to share 5 reasons why I love it so much!

1. Saves Money

The Berkey comes in many sizes to suit your needs. We bought the Big Berkey for $258 which not only includes the system, but 2 filters, a lifetime warranty, free shipping, and a free gift of your choice. This price may seem like a shock initially, but it's an investment that will pay for itself before you know it. We were paying $60 per month to have 30 gallons of water delivered. In just over 4 months, this system has paid for itself and the money saving begins! It's also way cheaper than buying bottled water. You can read more about this below. Usually with systems like this they seem like a good idea and then you find out you need to regularly buy expensive filters. Not the case here! The 2 filters included will last you 6,000 gallons (3,000 each) or approximately FIVE years! That's less than $0.02 cents a gallon! Bottled water, at its cheapest, is $0.83 cents a gallon. The filters can be cleaned with a Scotch-Bri