We bought our ‘British Berkefeld’ Stainless Steel Gravity water filter about 8 years ago, for the purpose of providing safe drinking water during a 2-week vacation stay at a location in the Trinity Alp Wilderness area of northern California. It worked magnificently because none of us got sick from drinking the water.
Even though water may appear pristine, and even though water may be coming from a source that is far from the hustle and bustle of civilization, there is still a high risk of invisible ‘nastiness’ being in the water – which could readily get you sick. Most ‘campers’, or even vacationers, have experienced this ill-fated condition after having drunk ‘bad’ water. It’s not fun.
Ever since that first experience with that water filter, we’ve used it every time when we’ve vacationed in or at a similar location.
There are several features that we like about it that stand out from other types of filter systems.
It is a tabletop model, with a rubber ring around the bottom which holds it very secure without slipping on the table surface. We’ve even taken it with us on a rented motor-home road-trip while fully loaded with water on the edge of the counter and it never slipped.
The fact that it is gravity fed means no pumping required. You just add water to the upper chamber by lifting the lid, and then the water slowly dribbles through the filter ‘candles’ into the bottom chamber.
Another nice feature is the convenient spigot at the bottom for easy pouring.
The filter elements, sometimes called ‘candles’ seemingly last forever. The specification on the element type that our filter uses is rated for 1,000 gallons per candle. So, that’s 2,000 gallons before we need to swap them out. That’s a lot of drinking water!
The filter elements are impregnated with silver, so there is no issue regarding sterilization. I’m glad I bought my extra set of spare filters before the price of silver went through the roof Still worth it though…
About a year ago we actually began using the filter full-time at the house. It has it’s own spot in the room next to the kitchen and we top it off once a day to have delicious water at the ready. Makes for a great tasting morning pot of coffee too!
Our tap water here is actually quite good, in that it tastes much better than other waters that I’ve tasted around the country. I’m sure we all get used to the taste of our own water supply after awhile, but I am happy to know that the filter system is screening out nearly every impurity, no matter what the municipality adds to the water source. Great peace of mind.
For the prepper, I strongly urge you to invest in a GOOD water filter system, at least one. One similar to this which could provide a very large supply of drinking water over time, and one that is built to last a lifetime. You should also have at least one GOOD portable water filter too. We have a portable unit for each of our two car kits, which could also be used on a hike, or wherever.
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