Review By Jason in Virginia
I recently purchased and received a British Berkefeld Water FIltration System, and here is a general run down on my thoughts and experiences with it thus far.
Pre-Purchase and Purchase
I did quite a bit of research on water filtration systems prior to purchase. Water had been a continuous source of concern, a hole in my preps, if you will, for some time. I had 10 packs of 24 count bottled water stored and rotated, but I knew that was woefully inadequate for any extended SHTF scenario.
It seemed a cruel irony, considering that 75 yards from my front door is a canal, but I wouldn’t consider that potable water by any means. I had to have a means of securing drinking water that wouldn’t take up too much space.
The Berkey turned out to be the perfect solution. It’s reliability is well-known, its reputation is strong, its results unquestioned. Unfortunately, for me, its price tag was also prohibitive. Every where I checked the units were, minimum $225.00. You know how many bullets and instant mashed potatoes I can buy for $225.00???? I was discouraged.
Alas, sometimes what we are looking for is right under our nose. One Saturday afternoon, while conduction my daily visit to thesurvivalistblog.net on my smart phone, I noticed an ad in the lower right corner. LPC Survival. Hmph, never heard of them. 1 click later, and lo and behold, I am staring at the British Berkefeld Water Filtration Filter. A quick glance at the price has my eyes about shoot from there sockets. $184.99, free shipping.
Being the natural sceptic that I am, I called the 800 number. It was picked up on the second ring by a person, not an automated system. Awesome. I asked Jeff (the Berkey Guy, you should give him a call) a few questions about the differences in the Berkey Black filters and the Ceramic filters, just as friendly and as personable as if I were talking to him over a ball game in the local bar. He was straightforward and honest, asked what my concerns were, and pointed me to the British Berkefeld. It’s just my wife and I, my concerns aren’t heavy metals, get the 2 ceramic filters model, he says. You can always upgrade filters later if you decide. Done Deal.
Receipt and Installation:
Shipping was reasonable fast, and certainly a value for free. I received an e-mail the Monday after ordering thanking me for my order, and saying I would receive it in 5-7 business days. It arrived in 4 business days. Can’t beat that. Installation is a snap. Simply wash down the filters and prime them.
You do this by running water through them directly from the tap to ensure that they do not get air-locked. Then run the stem of the filters through the holes in the upper chamber, making sure the rubber washer is seated properly. Secure it with the wingnut on the other side. Then install the spigot using the other two included rubber washers in the bottom chambers. Pour your 2.5 gallons of water in the upper chamber and let the party start. It really is Obama Proof.
Sidenote: Be sure to follow the enclosed instructions on disposing of your first 2.5 gallons of filtered water to condition the filters.
I tried it with my local tap water, which I NEVER drink. It has a terrible metallic taste, but the tap water filtered through the Berkey was crisp and delicious. Better than bottled water, in my opinion. Then I tried it in the local canal water, and, though I noticed the filtration process took a little longer, the water was also excellent (yes, I was scared when I took my first sip). So I highly recommend a Berkey water filter to everyone. It’s portable, and effective.
It’s definitely a more expensive prep item, and it doesn’t have a trigger or go bang (I too was disappointed when I saw this shortcoming), but not every expensive prep can be as sexy as that new Taurus Mill Pro .45… (and that review is coming soon :)