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Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the RV community has heard the word “Berkey.” Most people are aware that this is some sort of water filtering system, and the most experienced and clever among us actually own a Berkey water filter, but there are others who still aren’t sure what the hype is all about.
The answer? It isn’t just hype. Berkey water filter systems are absolutely amazing. They can take undrinkable tap water and turn it into something that’s actually enjoyable to consume. They have changed the way some people feel about water and their need to drink it, and have created water snobs out of others.
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a Berkey is, how a water filtering system could matter so much to so many people, or if a Berkey is a good investment, this is the article for you. Here we will discuss the top 5 reasons all RVers should own one of these incredible contraptions.
As a wanderer, you never know where you might end up or what the water quality might be like in each place you visit. Sometimes you’ll end up in a spot with red, rusty-looking water. Other times it’ll taste like fish or chlorine. Still other times you might end up in a spot with water that tastes excellent, and even then, you can’t possibly know that it’s perfectly clean.
In all of these instances, the Berkey water filter system can help.
The Berkey water filtering system removes 99.99% of contaminants in water. It gets rid of pathogens, bacteria, heavy metals, hormones, and pesticides. It’s even been known to remove traces of prescription drugs. The Berkey does all of this without removing the beneficial minerals found in water that our bodies need.
This filtration works with any tap water, of course, and some even claim it works on pool water and pond water. That said, we certainly don’t recommend giving those claims a try.
In addition to the filter that comes with a Berkey, you also have the option of purchasing a PF-2 filter attachment. This extra filter removes up to 95% of the fluoride and arsenic found in tap water. It does cost a bit more, but many people find it a worthwhile investment.
RVs aren’t very big living spaces. For this reason, size matters, and every single item that lives in your home must be worth the space it consumes. This fact leads many RVers to get rid of kitchen items they use less often. However, we rarely hear of an RVer getting rid of their Berkey water filter.
While the largest Berkey water filter is quite big, and likely too large to be easily stored in an RV, there are a number of sizes available, making it easy to find one that will work well in your home-on-wheels.
Don’t have room on your countertop? No worries! There are stands available. We’ve also seen some Fulltime Families find creative storage solutions, such as the dedicated Berkey cabinet in the photo above.
Purchasing bottled water doesn’t seem like a big deal at first. What’s a dollar a jug or a few bucks for a pack? That said, the average person needs half a gallon of water a day. Add that up over a whole month and you could be spending a small fortune on water alone.
The Berkey water filter system provides crisp, clean water that is as good as bottled water—if not better—for a fraction of the cost. Yes, you do have to purchase the Berkey initially, and there’s the cost of filters from time to time, but it doesn’t take long for those things to pay for themselves, especially if you’re using the filtered water to cook with as well.
Another problem with bottled water? It simply isn’t eco-friendly to go through dozens of bottles or jugs every month. This is true no matter what, but especially if you’re in a campground with no recycling option, something that comes up more often than it should.
As a person who gets to see so much of the beauty our planet has to offer, the health of the earth should be of the utmost importance to you. Luckily, Berkey filters are a totally green alternative to bottled water that will leave you feeling good about how you’re treating the world around you.
Last but definitely not least, it’s important that we note the taste of the water provided by a Berkey. This water is clean and crisp and 100% refreshing. We’ve heard many people claim they’ve become spoiled by Berkey water and simply won’t drink any other kind.
Such good water makes it easier to ensure your family stays hydrated, as you’ll hear fewer complaints about drinking water. Additionally, clean, good-tasting water can improve the taste of the food you use it in, meaning your soups, pastas, and other regular dinners will be better than ever.
Clearly, a Berkey is an excellent investment for anyone who needs clean water (and who doesn’t)? That said, we feel it’s an especially smart purchase for full-time RVers.
Ready to purchase your Berkey water filter? Why not do it today? The sooner you order, the sooner you’ll have the cleanest and most delicious water you’ve ever tasted.
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