Hello, hello! I wanted to hop on and share a somewhat recent amaze ballz purchase for water purification. That’s right y’all- let’s talk water filters for clean AF H20. Now, I will go ahead and preface this post to let you know this filter is somewhat of an investment but I assure you it is 100% worth it.
I’ve researched options for probably over a whole year now and I always came back to the same one by the same company. But before I tell you exactly which filters I went with, let’s just take a sec to chat about WHY you need to think about investing in a high quality water filter- not solely just for drinking, but for cooking, showering, bathing, and more!
You may think a glass of tap water straight from your sink is safe and harmless, but you’re actually getting a whopping dose of contaminants that have been proven to be linked to cancers, brain and nervous system damage, hormone disruption, and way, way more. YIKES. Honestly that little sentence should be far more than enough to convince ya to invest in something a bit more powerful than a standard, basic girl Brita, but I’ll go ahead and give you even more ammo to justify a high quality water filter purchase.
FACTS FACTS FACTS
If you check out the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database that analyzes data from 50,000 public water utilities nationwide, you’ll see that over 250 contaminants detected through water sampling are active in our water supply and impose serious health risks, as noted in numerous scientific studies (sources here if ya wanna get technical!)
What’s major bullsh*t and really gets me so fu*king peeved it that our water supplies get a lousy “passing grade” according to federal and state regulatory agencies. Even more ridiculous is that the Environmental Protection Agency has not added a new contaminant to the list of regulated drinking water pollutants in more than 20 years. I mean… RIDICULOUS. So, that being said, I started to dig even more.
Sparing you the additional data and research (because I know this definitely isn’t science class), the main turning point for me was when I discovered you can plug in your zip code and see exactly how many contaminants are currently in your water each time you turn on that sink or faucet. See for yourself with this guide here from EWG! It’s CRAY. Additionally, I learned A TON from a fellow health blogger, This Organic Girl, in a recent article here!
SO, moral of the story is that filtering our water is CRITICAL peeps. And, furthermore, we need a filter that is going to remove absoluely anything and everything of worry.
Enter, BERKEY! This is by far the most easily accessible and raved about water filter I came across during my research the last year or so. I took the below straight from their site for a little more context:
“Berkey water filters provide the ultimate in waterborne contamination removal. They are used worldwide to set the international standard for water filters used in clean or hostile filtration environments. Owning a Berkey Water Filter gives you the ability to utilize almost any outside natural water source and transform it into the best tasting, purest drinking water possible. All while using a natural method without the use of chemicals or complicated processes.
Through diligent testing and research, we have proven that Berkey water filters remove viruses to purification standards, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites to undetectable levels, and harmful or unwanted chemicals to below detectable levels. The filters in the Berkey system not only took the industry by storm with these unheard of benefits but also added the ability to reduce toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury without removing the beneficial and nutritional minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind.”
Shook right?! Ok, so they have the full list of contaminants it removes here on their website.
They have a few different sizes depending on your household. These filters all sit countertop style and you simply pour water in straight from the sink and let it do it’s thang. Then you can use for cooking, drinking, making coffee, etc!
THE TRAVEL BERKEY
We bought the Travel Berkey for our home of 2 (just the hubz and I, plus our pup) and it has worked WONDERFULLY! Assembly is V simple and the unit holds 1.5 gallons at a time. We fill it up about every day or two. The best thing is to pour in the water each night so it’s ready to go for the next day.
This was the perfect choice for us because it’s small, light weight, easy assembly (no fancy stuff like attaching to your sink or water pipes below) and can be moved to our next apartment or wherever we end up living! Portable and pretty too with it’s chic stainless steel look that matches the rest of my kitchen devices. All about that matchy matchy ya know?
Now, down to the specifics:
What’s it gunna cost me? About $228. This may seem high but in the long run this will 100% SAVE. YOU. MULA. $$$. It costs about 1.8 cents per gallon which is crazy low compared to purchasing plastic water bottles or using a shitty filter system from your fridge, etc. Ya know? Plus, it has a positive impact on the planet- plastic is a no no for me.
How long does it last? I’m pretty sure forevz.
Setup time? About 10 mins! Supes simple, which I love. I hate things that come with super complicated instructions. Yuck.
Additionally, we added in the Berkey Shower Filter too for under $50 (you get a discount when you tack it onto your purchase- it retails solo for about $68 right now). I’ll keep it brief here. I’m not BS-ing you when I say I immediately saw an improvement in the texture of my hair and skin. Just as we don’t want to be drinking or cooking our food in that nasty tap water, we def do NOT want it sinking in our skin or scalps when we bathe either. Ya know?
OK- I’ll leave it at that since this is getting a little lengthy and I’m sure since it’s Sunday we all need to get to the latest episode of KUWTK. Or is that just me?
Anywho, do you have questions? Still contemplating how this differs from whatever you’re currently doing to get clean water? I. WANNA. KNOW. Hit up that comment section below.
Until next time.