Berkey water system

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Berkey water system

Post by Stonecarver » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:58 pm

Like a lot of people I have some water stored at home. I live in Scotland so water shortages arent likely to be much if an issue. Only clean water. Have been thinking of getting a Berkey system to use as a filter. Has anyone got one or something similar
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Deeps » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:19 pm

They do look good but pricey and as you say water isn't really the problem here, clean water is but can be 'got' relatively cheaply by filtering and boiling. It depends on how much you think you'll need but I've got a couple of Sawyer Mini's for out and about and millbank bags to sift the worst of the crap before boiling and/or puritabing. If money was no object I'd have one though.

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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:09 pm

Sawyer 3l coke bottle pegged to the wall upside down with the base cut off


http://www.uk-preppers.co.uk/forum/down ... &mode=view


Much cheaper and portable / multi use



Sawyer do a specific set up but mine cost about £30 all in and I got some fizzy pop ;)
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Deeps » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:17 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:Sawyer 3l coke bottle pegged to the wall upside down with the base cut off


http://www.uk-preppers.co.uk/forum/down ... &mode=view
Aye, for me and mine I've worked on a Sawyer mini as being enough if you're creative although its a bit of a fankle. Its a fantastic wee system and while I've not been brave enough to not backflush, if you decided to wing it, it takes up no room at all. I still get Berkey envy though.

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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:21 pm

Used mine in the lake District when I run out of water from a stream used a 500ml coke bottle to collect and squeeze and fill a hydration bladder
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Deeps » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:31 pm

Yorkshire Andy wrote:Used mine in the lake District when I run out of water from a stream used a 500ml coke bottle to collect and squeeze and fill a hydration bladder
Used a Sawyer mini a good few times up the hills although to be honest, it was so I could have a play. I know we're supposed to filter everything we drink but when I'm up the highlands I've rarely bothered, eat/melt snow as required too. I did want to play with the Sawyer to familiarise myself with it though, not that its rocket science, its a very user friendly system.

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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Brambles » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:05 am

I would love a Berkey, but I can't justify the expense and It's having to have spares of the filter candles that puts me off.
I also have a Sawyer mini, it forms part of my safe water system, with care they can last a lifetime.
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Stonecarver » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 pm

Yorkshire Andy that looks like a good idea. The expense of the filters for the berkey does put me off. Do these filters...meaning sawyer and the berkey ...have no expiry date?
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Brambles » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:34 pm

I believe the Berkey filters last a couple of years, the Sawyer mini is good for 100,000 gallons with the proper care. But as always, do your own research to confirm. :)
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Re: Berkey water system

Post by Pete_59 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:39 am

This is a system I intend to buy, as soon as I have the spare cash, so I've done some research and according to their website a pair of Berkey filters last up to 23,000 litres, or up to 11 years use, cleaning the filters every 12 months. I'm fairly sure that spare filters, as long as they're not opened, don't go out of date

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