(NaturalNews) The water filtration market is saturated with products that claim to provide clean drinking water. While all of them work to one degree or another, some can be complicated to install and maintain. And some are downright expensive on a per-gallon basis, too. The more popular faucet filters, for example, only filter a hundred gallons of water (or so) before requiring replacement. Personally, I like to have water filters that can handle several thousand gallons of water at a very low effective cost per gallon.
I also like gravity-fed water filters for several important reasons: They require no electricity to use — meaning they’ll work even when the lights go out — and there are no complicated motors or pumps to wear out or replace. They’re also light and fairly portable, making them a natural choice for anyone interested in short-term storm preparedness or even long-term “end of the world” preparedness scenarios.
I’ve used several gravity-fed water filters, and I’ve come to really like the Big Berkey system the best. As far as simple, reliable water purification on your countertop, it doesn’t get any better than Berkey water systems.
How the Big Berkey works:
With a Berkey water filter, you simply put the water into the top chamber and gravity pulls it through the media filters that capture bacteria, parasites, herbicides, pesticides, solvents, nitrates, nitrites, lead, mercury, chlorine, VOCs, and even fluoride. You can run practically any type of water through the unit and get fresh, pure drinking water as a result. (Of course, really dirty water will clog the filters more quickly, requiring more frequent cleaning of the filters, but that’s true with any filtration system.)
I personally use the “Big Berkey System” which is made out of stainless steel, and I love it! I used it for many months in Ecuador without a single problem, and it is still a personal favorite that I highly recommend. The water always comes out clean, no matter how dirty it is when you initially pour it into the holding container at the top.