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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Got the Berkey!

I got the Berkey water purifier in today, it got delivered to the country store, so that was a good excuse to go to the store. There were lots of people at the store, hanging around the porch, chatting. I showed everyone the filter, they were suitably impressed. Anyhoo, we brought it home, I took it to my neighbor's house to clean it, it requires that you prep the filters, you backwash the filters to get out any loose carbon and such. When the water first came through the filter, it had an exothermic reaction, it got hot! Not too hot to hold, but it was definately hot, it immediately cooled down, I just wasn't expecting it. :)

I packed it back in it's box, took it to my house and set it up, it went together pretty easy, the only mistake I made was not making the nut tight enough on the spigot. That was easy enough to fix, I noticed a little water dripping from it, so I tightened it.

Next I poured a gallon of water in it, then I put a half a packet of grape flavored Koolaid in it, I didn't have food coloring, I figured the Koolaid was the next best thing. It turned the water in the top a nice shade of grape scented purple water. The water immediately started dripping out of the filters, and it was clear, and non-scented. Once half of the water had gone through, I was satisfied both filters were working, so I poured the grape water out, and filled the top container with water. Since I had primed the filters, the water poured through pretty well at first, as the water level went down, the pressure dropped and the water slowed down, that is OK, it's supposed to work that way.

I am very happy with my Berkey water purifier. It is money well spent! I give it 2 thumbs up.

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4 Comments

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got our Berkey a few years ago and I love it!! It goes down in history as one of the best things I have spent money on. Congratulations!
Karen

May 9, 2008 9:03 AM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Thanks Karen, I really love mine, one of the hardest parts about it was deciding where to put it, we have VERY LIMITED space, every square inch has something sitting there already, we finally found a good place. We appreciate the fresh tasting, clean water we get out of it, my hubby has even been drinking PLAIN water, that has been nearly impossible before. :)

Wretha

May 9, 2008 10:22 AM

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you already know this link, but just in case you (or someone else reading this) doesn't, the 'rabbit' water filter does a pretty good job as well.

http://pottersforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/ide-filter-user-guide.pdf

I learned this one from Jim Dakin's blog - thought it worth passing around for others to know about.

Like the blogsite - I'm a fellow Texan as well, but faaaaaar to the south of you, about 60 miles upriver of the mouth of the Rio Grande.

May 29, 2008 7:42 AM

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Blogger Wretha said...

Hey fellow Texan! No, I didn't know about this filter, I am impressed! While I am very happy with my Berkey, and would buy it again, I do plan on using one of these rabbit filters too, thanks so much for the link!

What is it like where you live? Climate, weather, landscape...

Wretha

May 29, 2008 1:08 PM

4 comments:

  1. We got our Berkey a few years ago and I love it!! It goes down in history as one of the best things I have spent money on. Congratulations!
    Karen

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  2. Thanks Karen, I really love mine, one of the hardest parts about it was deciding where to put it, we have VERY LIMITED space, every square inch has something sitting there already, we finally found a good place. We appreciate the fresh tasting, clean water we get out of it, my hubby has even been drinking PLAIN water, that has been nearly impossible before. :)

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm sure you already know this link, but just in case you (or someone else reading this) doesn't, the 'rabbit' water filter does a pretty good job as well.

    http://pottersforpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/ide-filter-user-guide.pdf

    I learned this one from Jim Dakin's blog - thought it worth passing around for others to know about.

    Like the blogsite - I'm a fellow Texan as well, but faaaaaar to the south of you, about 60 miles upriver of the mouth of the Rio Grande.

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  4. Hey fellow Texan! No, I didn't know about this filter, I am impressed! While I am very happy with my Berkey, and would buy it again, I do plan on using one of these rabbit filters too, thanks so much for the link!

    What is it like where you live? Climate, weather, landscape...

    Wretha

    ReplyDelete

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