Charles sent in this question:
I am working on clean and readily available sources of drinking water.
Fortunately, there are a number of ponds within 1/3 of a mile from my home. I will use these as a backup for what I can do at my home. I recently had new gutters placed around my house to handle the rain water. I purchased four 80-gallon water barrels and diverters so I can have water available for drinking or watering the garden. Of course, I will purify the water with a Berkey unit which has a 7 log filter.
Will I need also to use Clorox before filtering the water through the Berkey? Your opinion will be appreciated.
Thanks for asking my opinion. If you have the resources available, always boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth––(or making ice!) There are many water treatment systems, and each has certain capabilities. Systems and products come in many prices, capabilities, uses, and limitations. Check them carefully to assure your selection fits your needs specifications.
As for the Berkey water treatment system, I am not a Berkey product expert—I don’t sell products, so I don’t know everything about every item for preparedness. But I have learned to do research, and the Internet is a great place to find what one needs to know. Caution always! Rely on certified tests, recommendations of peers, and reasonability. I have a Big Berkey since 1999. According to the Berkey corporate website, the new *Black Berkey* purification elements are designed to purify completely both treated and untreated water. You may be able to use them without Clorox.
You can call him (the Berkey Guy) at (877) 886-3653. He is a Berkey expert and will give you personal attention. Tell him I told you to call––in spite of that, he’ll still speak with you! He can ship immediately both units and parts. He also has copies of my book, and the chapter on water treatment will give you more details.
Hope that helps…