Friday, April 30, 2010

GG - filtered water

Dear Blog,

About a year ago Heath and I were in a small dilemma. A dilemma with drinking water. We all know that the tap here in the Phoenix area is yucky, plus it has the added metals and fluoride and chemicals and stuff so we didn't want to drink it anyway. Then we thought we could use bottled water (looking forward to this seeing what this film is all about) but clearly that is a ton of plastic to throw away, not to mention expensive. So, we did what I have always done as a child and use gallon water jugs. But since I am not a fan of purified water (I wanted distilled instead) we could not reuse are water containers at a Water 'n Ice store which brought us back into the problem of using a lot of plastic.

Then came along Pete and Kerri. A couple in our ward who could live off the land with only a knife and the clothes on their backs (they were the inspiring couple who showed me there are people out there who really use cloth diapers). They told us about a wonderful thing called Berkey. It wasn't long before we made the small investment and got our beloved water filter.

You ask, "What is so great about this water filter?" Well, unless you want to have this post be extra long, I will do my best to give you the abbreviated version.

#1 - Convenient. No need to run to the store for water. Just use the tap.

#2 - It removes bacteria, metals, viruses, even food coloring yet keeps vital minerals that distilled does not have.

#3 - No plastic waste.

#4 - Filters last for 6000 gallons and are relatively inexpensive (please compare to other water filters here)

#5 - Can be used as emergency water supply. It can filter water from swimming pools, lakes, ponds, etc. Organizations such as UNICEF, Int. Red Cross, and Save the Children use Berkey filtration. (We actually bought ours from Food Storage in Mesa)

The above reasons convinced me to get one but if you need more info then visit

So pretty and Shiny!
I was much better about this when pregnant, but when I need water
on the go I put filtered water into this water bottle. No waste, no BPA.

Lastly, I want to point out that our tap water magically tastes better and softer once it has been filtered. So if you are big on taste you will probably like it. It took Heath and I a couple days to get used to the taste because we were used to no flavor (distilled) but it really tastes great. I also try to use the water for cooking as much as I can.

Think about it.

Thanks for letting me talk your ear off again.

Emily Wilcock


  1. That looks really neat. I like it and seriously want one. Although I have to be the snot and say that this post doesn't actually apply to me because I'm spoiled and have my own well! you know you want one Emily... ;) Can't wait to see you in a week and a few days.

  2. Uh, yes, I would LOVE a well. Right here on my balcony.

  3. We don't have a well, but the tap here in Oregon is very good. Not only that, it is REALLY cold too. But I highly doubt that that will be the case everywhere we live, so I am going to want to invest in something like this sooner than not. I think it is a wonderful idea food storage-wise. We have a huge water barrel, but we would need something to filter it so I think this is the solution! Thanks for the post! Love you Smems!

  4. Jill, What are you talking about? You have three Wells at your house. Ha!