Thanks for the heads up. Here’s the blog post:
After watching some reviews on YouTube and considering the recommendations given for Berkey water filters, I went ahead and ordered the Travel Berkey along with the Berkey Fluoride Water Filter- PF2.
The Black Berkey filters that come with the system filter out 99% of arsenic, but the fluoride filter takes care of arsenic as well. Between the two, I should have virtually NO arsenic left in my water.
I can see why the Berkey systems are so popular. The filters last 16 years if you use a gallon of water a day, 8 years if you use 2 gallons a day. Someone calculated that out to be 2 cents a gallon.
All of the Berkey’s are freestanding, so they don’t have to be hooked up to a water supply, so they’re portable and easy to transport.
The water tastes very good, and looks sparkling clear.
It took me several days of watching videos and trouble-shooting how to prime the filters, but we finally got it. Our water pressure was low in the kitchen sink, so we ended up soaking them for a couple hours to better prime them. Even with that though, the flow rate was slow to none. We then tried the faucet in the laundry room, which has much better water pressure, and the filters quickly beaded up as they’re supposed to.
The Black Berkey filters go in the top tank (where you dump the unfiltered water), and the fluoride filters go into the bottom. They screw into each other, so the bottom tank ends up filling with the filtered water, and you dispense from the spigot on the bottom tank.
It takes a couple hours for most of the water to filter through, and there’s still an inch or so that remains in the top tank. I believe it said in the manual that it’ll take about 20 gallons to reach the maximum filtration rate, so we’ll see how things speed up with time and use.
I’m relieved to have water that is virtually metal free (95%+), fluoride free, virus free, bacteria free, and largely chlorine free. I can now drink in peace 🙂
Here’s a couple YouTube reviews that I found helpful: