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Mommypotamus’ Favorite Water Filter!!!

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(Deep , cleansing breath)

Ahhhhhh, here were are. Solution Day. These past few days have been BRUTAL . . . writing about toxins in water was much harder than I realized. I don’t want to scare anyone, but it seemed important to examine concerns about water before talking solutions. Speaking of solutions, I’ve got two to share. One that is expensive and one that costs less per gallon than a Brita pitcher.

Want to hear something funny? I’ve been using the same counter top filter (with fluoride removal cartridge) for years and I planned on recommending it to you. I  called the manufacturer and asked them to donate one for a giveaway, which they happily agreed to.

And then I found out my filter didn’t work!!!

Well, it sort of works, but it only removes most of the fluoride if you run the tap really, really slow. Who wants to spend 10 minutes waiting for a glass of water?

So What DOES Work?

So there I was with all this research about how unhealthy tap water is and I had no solution. Fortunately, this review from Lisa of Mama Says (who was guest posting at Kitchen Stewardship) got my attention.

The Berkey filter is so good, you can even put creek water or rain water through it if there’s a major emergency and it will filter out all of the parasites and bacteria. After Ike, there was water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink.  Our area was flooded – with nasty, rank floodwater, with sewage, dead squirrels, and rotting fish in it.  Now that’s just nasty!  The Berkey is not just a filter, it is a purifier and removes 100% of pathogens from the water. (Note: I do not recommend testing your Berkey out by adding dead animals to the tank. Just sayin’.)

Berkey will also filter out VOCs, volatile organic compounds, including chemical runoff and contamination from PVC.  It will also purify water of chlorine, benzene, and toluene along with a slew of other chemical nastiness that don’t even have real names, just numbers and letters (like 2,4,5-TP)

Berkey removes 95% of heavy metals such as lead and mercury – and this matters.  Water is the second largest source of lead exposure in children, and even if you have plastic pipes your kids might not be safe.  Many glues used on PVC pipes contain lead.

~Lisa Professes Love For Berkey; Frugal Crunchy Catholic Tells All

No one says it quite like this momma of eight, so for a good laugh read the whole review. Lisa was quite convincing, so I made some calls and this is what I found out. There are basically two options for dealing with fluoride, pharmaceuticals and chlorine byproducts: Reverse osmosis and The Berkey (which is an activated granular charcoal/activated alumina system). Here’s a breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses. I also threw in the specs for a Brita pitcher for comparison.

FilterRemoves FluorideRemoves PharmaceuticalsRemoves ChlorineCost FactorEnvironmentally Friendly
Reverse OsmosisYesResearch indicates yes to a lesser degree ¹YesModerate to HighNo
BerkeyYes  if the optional PF2 filter is installedResearch indicates yes to a greater degree ¹YesLow – About $.06 -$.08  per gallonYes
Brita PitcherNoUnknownChlorine – Yes Byproducts – UnknownModerate – About $.25 per gallonYes

As you can see, the Berkey wins on all fronts: cost, environmental friendliness, and effectiveness. At $.06-.08 cents per gallon it’s a steal compared to the $.25 cent per gallon Brita pricetag. Oh, and that $.06-.08 estimate is with the optional fluoride filters. It’s only $.02 per gallon otherwise. Also, unlike reverse osmosis systems, the Berkey is portable. The downside is that you have to fill it manually (it’s not hooked up to the sink). Not that I will take it on vacation or anything . . . okay I probably will.

The Most Amazing Water Purifier You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Berkey claims to be the most powerful and economical water purification systems in the world. Based on corroborating studies from the University of Arizona, Spectrum Labs, and the LSU Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science . . . I believe them.

We are talking about waaay more than the big three here. As Lisa mentioned,  Berkey purifiers remove 99.99999% of pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites while extracting chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt and sediment.

Cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, aluminum, mercury and other dangerous heavy metals are also removed (95%), as well as nitrates and nitrites, without removing beneficial minerals! Here’s how it works.

Minor Downsides

For the first week, my husband kept looking at the Berkey and expecting a glass of iced tea. It DOES look a little like an iced tea container at your local restaurant. The two downsides of the Berkey are counter top space and daily refilling. Luckily for us, we don’t own a microwave, so the Berkey takes up less counter space than a microwave and we manage to make it work even in our tiny kitchen. It doesn’t take more than a couple minutes to refill if you use a large container to fill up at the tap, but you could run out of filtered water for an hour if you forget one day to fill it up. We’ve made it a habit of topping it off before bed each night just to be sure.

Daddypotamus is still brainstorming a solution where we run a hose from the sink to the Berkey so he can have all the conveniences of our previous filtration system. I don’t think that will work unless our next house has a laundry room sink. If you’re used to a faucet head filter, you’ll feel a little inconvenienced at first at having to refill. But if you use a Brita pitcher or something similar, you’re doing the same thing except having more filtered water at your disposal at any given time, which is great for cooking (why boil your veggies and noodles in yucky fluoride water if you don’t HAVE to?).

Where To Buy A Berkey Water Filter


Now That You Want a Berkey, I’m Giving One Away!!! (This Giveaway Is Now Closed)

Check back, though, because I’m hosting new ones all the time!

Does this sound infomercially? I don’t know how else to put it. In case you might be wondering, I contacted several Berkey resellers and was given the option to receive a FREE Berkey to test and review here. Instead I chose to purchase mine at full price from The Berkey Guy and he kindly offered to – YES – give away a free Royal Berkey System with two fluoride/arsenic removal filters to one of you lovely people!* Although there are more affordable options, this is the extra large  model worth two-hundred and seventy-five buckaroos. Plus he’s adding in two fluoride filters, bumping the prize value to $320!

How to Win

There are three ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment below for one entry in the contest.

2) Post on Facebook for one entry. Leave an additional comment here to let me know.

3) Tweet this contest for one entry. Leave an additional comment here to let me know.



Check back next week for the announcement!


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453 Responses to Mommypotamus’ Favorite Water Filter!!!

  1. HOLY WOW!!! But I don’t want to be the first to comment because those people never win!! Ask me how I know ;]

  2. April Parkhurst-Harp says:


  3. April Parkhurst-Harp says:

    Posted on facebook

  4. April Parkhurst-Harp says:

    Heather, thank you so much for posting this information! What a great giveaway too!

  5. Beth says:

    AAHHH A Berkey Giveaway!!!!!! Im so excited! I want one so bad!

  6. Beth says:

    Facebooked it!!

  7. Nanci says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful information on water and the filter!!

  8. ladybuglove says:

    Thanks for the information!!

  9. ladybuglove says:

    facebooked! <3

  10. Kate C, says:

    We have been lugging our 5 gallon jugs to Whole Foods for years for RO water, but have really really wanted a Berkey. Scott’s sister has one and she loves it. Her kids have fun bringing in the grossest, leaf-and-dirt ridden water from the backyard to put in it! What a great giveaway!

  11. Mae says:

    I’m going to space out my entries in hopes of winning that way ;]
    This is hands down, the best giveaway I can imagine! Drinking a gallon+ of poison water everyday has been in the back of my mind this entire pregnancy, my family would be OVER THE MOON excited if we won!

  12. Ok, this is just what we need! Living in an apartment we are short on space and have been buying distilled water for over a year once I stopped using our brita pitcher. I grew up with a RO system and I really miss good water. My friends call me a water snob. If I don’t win this I’m glad to know what the best portable option is for someone like us!

  13. Mellanie says:

    Thanks so much for you very informative post! I had heard about Berkey a few months ago and had been considering one. I would LOVE to win one!

  14. Tiffany says:

    this is great! glad we’re on solution day!

  15. Mellanie says:

    Facebooked it!

  16. Julie says:

    Please enter me!

  17. Julie says:

    I facebooked.

  18. Abby says:

    Thanks for all your research for these posts – so helpful! I would love one of these!

  19. Tamara says:

    Wow! That’s awesome!

  20. Angela says:

    Ok I will be honest that I didn’t know most of that stuff was in the water and I had never heard about the Berkley. I have been looking for something to filter our water since mine smells like a swimming pool. I called the water dept and they sent someone out. The wonderful water man tested the water and said it was within their legal limits. I asked him if he would drink it or give it to his children. He didn’t answer. I am not buying jug water and recycling my jugs. Since reading your blog I sooooo want a Berkely. If I don’t win I will definitely be saving money to get one. I am also going to share your posts and the Berkely on my facebook page. I think everyone should be aware what is in their water. Thank you Mommypotamus for sharing.

  21. This would be so awesome to have while traveling. The Berkey is actually pretty popular among traveling families. What a great giveaway!

  22. Danielle says:

    Facebooked it!

  23. I am entering with this comment!! I TOTALLY need this! We have been buying, yes buying, 5 gallon jugs and refilling them at the stores. I NEED this!!

  24. Danielle says:

    Tweeted it!

  25. Danielle says:

    My neighbor has one of these and could really use one myself! Thanks!

  26. Megan Alba says:

    Heather, thanks so much for posting this! Our tap water is horrible so I’ve been buying bottled water in an attempt to cut down on toxins… but obviously that wasn’t working. I am definitely getting a Berkey! Would love to win this one!

  27. Jaime says:

    OMG – I love water so much I want one of these sooooo badly.

    Enter me, please :)

  28. emily patty says:

    Oohhhh, I want one! I was just convicted last night about taking clean water for granted. It is such a gift, every drop.

  29. Wow..very interesting series. I really respect the fact that you used so much research to back up your statements. When I read articles like this (regarding safety& health) I am always looking for the facts and not opinions, and that’s just what you’ve done here. As an apartment dweller, I am digging the fact that Berkey’s are portable AND have been proven to work so well. I would LOVE to have one!

  30. Jaime Adams via Facebook says:

    this filter sounds amazing! I totally want one.

  31. Teresa says:

    This is something I have been wanting to research for some time! Thanks for doing the work. ;)

  32. Teresa says:

    I also facebooked the offer. Thanks!

  33. Okay, just re-posted on Facebook.

  34. Esther says:

    another informative blog and amazing giveaway–thank you for being a continual blessing to all of us!

  35. Hahahaha! The irony, Mae, is that Facebook comments are automatically placed as blog comments, so you ended up in the #1 spot anyway. Such is life. Sigh. :)

  36. Priscilla says:

    I asked Santa Hubby for a RO for Christmas! I want one of these instead! Commenting for my entry!

  37. Priscilla says:

    Just Facebooked

  38. Priscilla says:

    And Tweeted!!!

  39. Megan says:

    Wow!!! Sign me up!

  40. miranda says:

    i want one. but it needs to come in pink. :)


  41. Lisa in Texas says:

    I have been wanting a Berkey for a long time!

  42. Kari Martin says:

    Awesome!!! I heard about these a couple years ago, so I was thrilled to hear about this! Thanks for doing this!

  43. Kari Martin says:

    Posted on facebook

  44. Christie says:

    Very neat. I use a Brita and had never put to much thought into the water. Lots of things to think about. Would love this filter!

  45. Annise Neidrich says:

    Pick me! :-D

  46. Annise Neidrich says:

    Liked it on Facebook

  47. Meg Cole says:

    Posted on facebook.

  48. Kari Martin says:

    Tweeted as well :)

  49. myha nguyen says:

    Wow…We really need this! Been shopping around, but I don’t know much about them.

  50. Adrienne says:

    I would love to win one!

  51. Angela says:

    I just realized I misspelled Berkey, I put Berkley.

  52. Angela Collins Richardson via Facebook says:

    Would love, cherish and take great care of this filter. :D

  53. Lesley says:

    This is such valuable info!! Thanks for sharing it and doing all the research for us!!

  54. Amanda says:

    This sounds so wonderful! Fingers crossed!

  55. Lesley says:

    Just facebooked!! NO twitter so this will have to do for now!!

  56. Lisa in Texas says:

    Shared on Facebook

  57. Carrie says:

    What a great series of posts! This filter sounds amazing!!!

  58. Whittney says:

    Oh my gosh I need this system so I can fill my Starbucks cup with clean water!

  59. Sarah K. says:

    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to see who wins!

  60. Sarah K. says:

    Shared on Facebook

  61. Sarah K. says:

    Tweeted it!

  62. ooh,ooh I wanna Berkey!!!!

  63. dianthe says:

    and all this time i thought i was doing good with my fridge filter!!

  64. MMassey says:

    I’ve been reading up on water recently and even the Berkey system; NEVER thought I might have a chance at one, lol! So glad you covered all of this. It’s important we know what we’re putting into our’s and our loved one’s bodies.

  65. Just FB your link!!! pick me pick me!!!! ;)

  66. For sure shared it on facebook- Everyone should know about this!

  67. MMassey says:

    Just Facebook it too :-)

  68. Brittany says:

    Ooh, that’s wonderful!!! I’m so excited about this!! If it does all of that with “American” water…do you think it works the same for other countries? We plan to be in Romania full time in the next couple of years and the water there is AWFUL. It would definitely be worth the investment to take one of these if it works on all the junk in their water too!

    • Heather says:

      Absolutely, Brittany. I just gave a water bottle with a mini-version of this filter to a friend who is traveling to Africa. The Berkey would be worth it’s weigh in gold there.

  69. Brittany says:

    I facebooked it!

  70. MMassey says:

    Tweeted as well

  71. Brittany says:

    And I tweeted! =)

  72. Kathleen Johnson says:

    Our community water has repeatedly failed the test for minimum levels of arsenic! So of course we don’t drink it. Winning one of these would be wonderful.

  73. Kathleen Johnson says:

    I also visited Facebook. thanks!

  74. Would love to get rid of the ARSENIC in our water.

  75. Exciting giveaway! We could use it for sure….heading over to FB and Twitter now to get my extra entries ;o)

  76. Jennifer says:

    I have been looking for something economical to get the fluoride out for so long!! Thanks for this blog!!

  77. Jennifer says:

    shared on facebook! on my fan page and personal page :)

  78. dianthe says:

    officially on the Facebook

  79. Stephanie says:

    I am very excited about this filter! Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

  80. dianthe says:

    and on The Twitter – shout out Betty White!

  81. Stephanie says:

    I linked to this on Facebook!

  82. Stephanie says:


  83. Karrie A Mc says:

    Thank you for this information. My family is always looking for ways to live healthier, purer lives. This looks like something that could come in handy. Thanks for the opportunity to win a free one :)

  84. Jeanne says:

    My dad has one of these! He swears by it. I would excavate some counter space for this if I win!I hate, hate, hate how many plastic bottles we still generate. But hate the taste of our tap water more.

  85. Jeanne says:

    Posted your link on Facebook!

  86. Tweet Baby Tweet Baby…… Tweeted the link to this post. Check!

  87. Jodie says:

    We NEED this! Great information this week! Loved reading about it!

  88. Cindy says:

    I’d love this for my family!

  89. what a great bunch of info, thanks heather!

    we really need one of these and would LOVE to win it! we were thinking about buying an RO system for our new house but other things took priority since we had a prepaid card for the RO water store in bedford. well with that all used up we’ve been using “filtered” fridge water, and i really want to drink good water!

    i’m glad we didn’t get the RO, because it would’ve been twice as much and not as good quality as the Berkey, which I’ve never even heard of! If we win we will call it Perky Berkey =)

  90. Megan says:

    Would love to win!

  91. HaleyLeann says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this! It looks fantastic!

  92. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been eyeing these for quite a while…winning one would be awesome! Thank you for all your posts this week. They are very much appreciated.

  93. Jolee Burger says:

    The comment section is very popular! I, sadly, use the Brita just because of the affordability and the ever-changing market on filters. Thank you for this post – it is very informative, and you must’ve spent a lot of time researching! You may have this slated for another post, but do you also have recommendation for shower filters? We use aquasauna, but I’m sure there are better things…

    • Nocona Park says:

      I too would LOVE a recommendation for shower filters! We have such hard water where I live.

    • Heather says:

      I’m looking into bath/shower options. We have stuff installed in our home, but I want to make sure I recommend the best so I need to do more research.

      • Hi, Heather,
        I’ve been re-looking into the Berkey systems since I first heard of them, hoping to learn that they were a whole-household water system. But it looks like it’s just a sort of drinking water dispenser for the countertop (not that it doesn’t sound amazing)! Did you end up coming up with options for pure water more directly from showers/taps? If not, is stuff like dish washing, etc. not generally a concern for tap water? I guess I’m hoping to hear that I only need worry about water I’m drinking in directly… or learn of a system for sinks & showers too.
        Thank you for your help & insight!

      • Oh, PS- Just so I’m not confused, that countertop filter you <i?were previously going to recommend…that was something else entirely, not a Berkey, right? Thanks!

  94. Jolee Burger says:

    And… facebooked. I cannot wait for a revolution in technology that might allow people to enter contests without feeling like desperate, greedy people… b/c that’s how I feel when I enter these contests. It KILLS me to type in “facebooked” as a comment, as that is not what the comment section is for, right? It’s for dialogue and exchange of information. It just doesn’t seem ethical… it reeks of desperation. But hey, even I have my price – and it’s around $320… :-)

    • Heather says:

      I totally felt exactly the same way when I entered a contest for an ebook recently. Apparently my price is around $15, but I almost never enter contests so what does that say about me? Am I cheap and elitist at the same time?

  95. Melanie Buck says:

    I thought I was on top of our water, but now I know I can do better.

  96. Vanessa Stegner says:

    What a great series! My mom and I were just discussing pharmaceutical waste in our water over thanksgiving. Thank you, thank you for your passionate research with an awesome solution. The people perish for lack of knowledge and you have helped educate me and so many others. Please enter me! I would love to stop buying distilled water in plastic (yuck) jugs!

  97. Laura says:

    I’d like one too!

  98. Laura says:

    Facebooked it!

  99. Laura says:

    Tweeted it!

  100. Adrienne says:

    Posted it on facebook! :)

  101. Sunny says:

    I have wanted these since I attended a “Be Prepared” conference this past summer. Thanks for offering the contest. :)

  102. Ross Hankins says:

    I saw these a few months ago and wanted one so badly.

  103. Ross Hankins says:

    shared on facebook

  104. Ross Hankins says:


  105. Vanessa Stegner says:

    Posted it to Facebook!

  106. Rachael says:

    funny…I’ve been looking at getting a Berkey filter. :)

  107. Colleen says:

    Shared on Facebook. Thank so much for the info. My in-laws have a huge distiller and keep wishing they’d pass it on to us. My family mostly drinks water — no sodas, maybe a little juice for a treat, herbal teas, but that’s about it. Might have to consider ditching the microwave to make space for it, but I’m all for that (hubby, not so much!).

  108. Colleen Smith says:

    Oh, wait! Do we get three entries total for comments & sharing? Then count my prior entry as a comment & I’m sharing on facebook and my twitter tweet page. Thanks again!

  109. Kimberly says:

    This sounds quite nifty, would definitely like to win it!

  110. Kimberly says:

    I facebooked it!

  111. Shari VV says:

    The Berkey sounds better than what we’re using! Count me in as a contestant, please! :)

  112. Jen Smith says:

    Wow, we need this badly!

  113. Jen Smith says:


  114. Jen Smith says:


  115. Brittany Hankins says:

    My husband showed me these! Love them!

  116. amy says:

    I read the KS post a few weeks ago and REALLY wanted to try one of these! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!

  117. Jennifer R. says:

    wow, thank you so much for doing all this research. I have been meaning to “get around to this” same subject and know it’s a huge piece of the health puzzle that I needed to address. Again, my biggest thanks to you!! I would LOVE to win this! My family of 5 would be thrilled!!!

    Did you come across any whole house systems that filtered out all the bad stuff? Or really , I guess would only need something for the bath and shower? I don’t want those chemicals entering through my skin. I would appreciate any insight you have. :)

  118. Jennifer R. says:

    facebooked it too :)

  119. Stephanie says:

    This filter sounds great! I’d love to enter the contest!

  120. Stephanie says:

    Just LIKED you on Facebook and posted about this!

  121. Maggie says:

    Yahoo! I want one! I was looking at the Berkey Light ones and they look great too :)

  122. Amy says:

    FB for me too!

  123. Amy Frame via Facebook says:

    We have so much chlorination in our water. This filter would be great for my family, especially with another baby coming!

  124. Alexis says:

    I would LOVE to win this Berkey water filter! It would be nice to know the water me and my family are drinking is pure & clean! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway (and hope that I win :))

  125. Alexis says:

    Posted/Shared link on Facebook!

  126. Kandace says:


    What a great giveaway! My son was in the hospital for 10 days this summer with salmonella food poisoning. His immune system is shot and we have to be extra careful of his intake. This would be so great for our family!


  127. Julie Harding says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how many things we now accept as “normal” are really harmful. Thanks for the info.

  128. Laura says:

    I have heard wonderful things about the Berkey and would love to enter the contest!

  129. We’ve been lugging our 5 gallons to whole foods for years too. i’m afraid to test that water (since the bottles probably leach). We would love this!

  130. Laura says:

    I also FB it! :)

  131. Here’s my comment to enter :) Hi Heather!

  132. Ashlee P says:

    I’d like to enter. :)

  133. Ashlee P says:

    posted on FB

  134. Rachel J. says:

    We got ours last year for Christmas (I asked for a Berkey and the Traditional Foods menu mailer, made this girl so happy!). It did take a little time getting used to it after having the on-tap filter but I love, love, love it! I feel like I’m no longer poisoning my family with our water. I usually bring our own water when we go places :) If I had it to do over again and wasn’t going to get it as a Christmas gift I would definitely save up the money for it. I shared this contest on FB but I don’t think I want to enter because my siblings are all being given Berkeys for their families for Christmas this year (so no one to share my good fortune with if I won) and it needs to go to someone who doesn’t already have one sitting on their kitchen counter.

  135. Carrie says:

    Wow! I would love one of these – they sound wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  136. Carrie says:

    Also put it on FB!

  137. Anna Miller says:

    This would be so amazing to win!

  138. Sam Cobb says:

    I have been looking at a filtration system from The Sunflower Shoppe that I can’t remember the name of. I will keep this one on the list to consider.


  139. Amy Botts says:


  140. Sarah Cobb says:

    Commented on Facebook. This looks like a great system, you never know what is in our water out here in Springtown!

  141. Sandy says:

    I’ve been checking these filters out for years. Just couldn’t swing the cost. We know 2 families that have them and love them! They purchased them before the flouride filters were on the market. My husband and I were thinking of buying one as a Christmas present for each other and our family. But it sure would be great to win one! Thanks for all of the information that you’ve researched and shared with us!! It’s been very helpful.

  142. Sandy says:

    Posted on facebook, too.

  143. Lisa Smith says:

    Wow, I would love one of these! Sounds great!

  144. Lisa Smith says:

    posted on facebook, too!

  145. miriam says:

    Every time I turn on my faucet, I think “What am I really drinking?” This is a great give away. Thanks Heather!

  146. miriam says:

    on facebook

  147. Debbie says:

    We have had a Big Berkey since 1999 (yep, we were prepping for Y2K :) It has been a FANTASTIC investment!! We do not have the fluoride filters though because I didn’t realize until recently that the Berkey did not filter out fluoride!! We bought a silver planter pot the same circumference as the Berkey and about 7″ tall. We turned the pot upside down and use it as a base/stand for the Berkey. We are able to fit a glass comfortably underneath for filling. It sits right next to our kitchen sink and is easy to fill using our retractable spray nozzle. Thanks for all the great info here, Heather. and for offering this giveaway. I would love to be able to pass the winnings on to one of our married sons.

  148. Debbie says:

    I have posted the GIVEAWAY on Facebook!!

  149. Terri says:

    We have well water and I would SO love to win a water filter.

  150. Terri says:

    Just liked you on FB.

    Did not know if you meant for us to post it on my page or on your page so I did both just to be safe .LOL!!!

  151. Donald says:

    Jeff is a good guy, and Berkey is a fantastic system. I’d love to be the big winner!

  152. Donald says:

    Also just posted to Facebook.

  153. Angela Campany says:

    This looks amazing and we are definitely not digging our Brita that doesn’t filter the important stuff!

  154. Jenn says:

    Thanks SO much for this information! My husband has been talking to me about getting a water filter as a gift to ourselves this Christmas! I would love to win one!

  155. Angela Campany says:

    Posted on Facebook

  156. Stevie says:

    Thanks for the great information! I would love to win this! I have a good water filtering system, but my daughter is newly pregnant, money is tight because she is still getting her degree, but she is learning, and is very concerned about the water in their student housing. I would LOVE to give this to them for health of my unborn grandchild!!

  157. Stevie says:

    I FB’d it!

  158. I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time now. I have an affiliate link on my website also, but I’d love to have them to take to my ourdoor show table.

  159. Lauren says:

    I want one!

  160. Annie says:

    I want one! A Berkey has been on our wishlist for awhile.

  161. Annie says:

    I tweeted!

  162. Annie says:

    I FB’d it.

  163. rachel says:

    A couple of my friends have berkey’s and I’ve had my eye on one for so long! Awesome opportunity, thanks!

  164. rachel says:

    I have shared on FB!

  165. Kelli M says:

    I’m completely diggin’ the Berkey filter and I want one for my kitchen sooooo bad!

  166. anna hopper says:

    thank you so much for this info and amazing giveaway!

  167. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, scary stuff. Thank you for posting.

  168. anna hopper says:

    i posted a link on facebook! :-)

  169. jill says:

    Great giveaway! I’ve always wanted a Berkey!

  170. Krista says:

    My husband and I have been searching for a water filtration system… sounds like this is the perfect solution! Would love the opportunity to try it out!

  171. I just wanted to thank Heather for this review, and am glad to be apart of this blog.
    She has a beautiful blog, with great readers, and great content. It was great to see a lot of people had never heard of a Berkey.

    If you would like to connect with facebook, please visit here:


  172. Krista says:

    Just posted to facebook!

  173. Debby says:

    I so would love one of these! I was going to repost to Facebook even before I saw that would get me another entry. If I can can remember how to access my Twitter acct, I’ll do that, too.

  174. Sherry Kelly says:

    Oh, I sooo need to win this! Thanks so much!!

  175. Sherry Kelly says:

    Facebooked it too!!!

  176. Craig says:

    Just posted to my FaceBook profile.Thanks for thinking about and doing something for clean drinking water!

  177. Duane says:

    My wife REALLY wants to win this so . . . I am trying because, Happy Wife = Happy Life! :)

  178. Duane says:

    Posted on Facebook!

  179. Debby says:

    I’ve facebooked it and tweeted it. Can you count this comment as 2 entries?

  180. Debby says:

    Tweeted and facebooked.

  181. Abase says:

    A Berkey Giveaway! I want one!

  182. Audrey says:

    Winning this would be awesome!

  183. Audrey says:

    Tweeted about your giveaway!

  184. Celia says:

    Wonderful! I have always longed for a Berkey!

  185. Celia says:

    Posred on Facebook

  186. KristenW says:

    Wow! I didnt know this even existed! Would love to win this!

  187. Danielle Dennis says:

    Please enter me!

  188. Danielle Dennis says:

    Posted on facebook!

  189. MMC says:

    Hi, I just found your website today… I joined you on fb. I have done much
    research on the Big Berkeley with high hopes of purchasing one for my family of five.
    With some luck, maybe we will be the chosen ones! Thank you, and I look forward to
    reading on your site.

  190. Meredith says:

    221 entries. Looks like my chance of winning is slim. Here’s hopin!

  191. Deborah says:

    giving away a Berkey?? wow! sign me up! I have the Berkey Traveler and it’s amazing.. provides the cleanest, best tasting water imaginable. And yes, I have filtered my creek water thru it :)

    in the UP of MI

  192. JimPI says:

    Posted on Facebook.

  193. JimPI says:

    Great blog site! Hoping to win the Berkey as we could really use one ;)

  194. I’d love to win their in home system because it’d be nice not to have to buy and constantly replace our RO bottles. Lifting them onto the tank is no fun : /. Also, Harper and I really like the Berkey travel bottle!

  195. Nick says:

    I have never been fortunate enough to own one, but have heard some great things about them. Please enter me for a chance to win.


  196. Bill H. says:

    I have been looking for a water filter and now that I’ve just bought a piece of land with a creek on it the water filter is a must. I hope I win the give away but even if I don’t I’ll be buying a Berkey real soon.
    Bill H.

  197. stan says:

    hi heather, please enter me in the drawing. thanks interesting info

  198. Jessica F says:

    Woohoo!! What an awesome give away- my husband and I have a ‘buy a berkey’ on our list of goals for a while now.

  199. Shaw says:

    My wife would love this for Christmas!

  200. Sandi says:

    I want one! I want one! Please enter me!

  201. Sandi says:

    Posted on FB too!

  202. Greg says:

    Heather, Thank you ever so much for the information on the Berkey water filter. I have heard of these before and have always thought they were the way to go. We ended up with an RO system which we had to discontinue from using due to my osteoporosis and the fact that RO water is hungry water and will pull minerals out of the body.

    Thank You
    Greg and Shannon

  203. Alison says:

    If I don’t win I’m going to buy one, cause they are awesome!!

  204. Carol says:

    Great info, and the side by side comparison is nice!

  205. Bethany says:

    I need one of those!!!!!

  206. Kim C. says:

    I would love to win a Berkley. Thanks!

  207. Alexis says:

    Tweeted the giveaway!

  208. Bob says:

    Thanks for the great presentation on the water filter this sure is a great product

  209. Connie Brown says:

    What a great idea! I have been wanting a Berkey but am still trying to work it into my budget. Thanks for a great contest!

  210. Nocona Park says:

    This product would be ideal to have! When people see how much water I consume in one day, they think I am going to die of hypernatremia. What can I say? I am a thirsty girl who needs my water. Presently, I use a Brita pitcher and fill her up constantly. Would be amazing to have purier water not only for myself, but for my two babies & hard working husband!

  211. Ben says:

    My wife is making me enter. But I’d love to own one!

  212. Nocona Park says:

    My facebook friends are rooting for me! …..Or stilling my idea in trying to capture this prize, which is exactly as I have done to another.

  213. Denise L says:

    This is on my WANT/NEED list for sure-been looking at these for awhile and am thinking we need to just do it…hopefully, I’ll win one;-)

  214. Stevie L says:

    Facebooked it

  215. Stevie L says:

    Twittered it

  216. Stevie L says:

    I would love one of these!! Especially with a baby and making so many bottles each day, this would be great to have and to know he is getting the best water possible!

  217. Helene Giese says:

    Please enter me in the Berkey give-away. I can’t afford one right now, especially with the floride/arsenic filters. I live near a de-commissioned Air Force base, and railroad tracks that discharge diesel exhaust in the neighborhood that settles on the ground and all surfaces.
    Thank you!

  218. Bill says:

    Read the blog and agree with Berkey as a great if not the greatest filter out there. Unfortunately, I am set up with a plastic Kataydin with lots of extra filters. If I ever get the money, but we all know that song.LOL Good luck on your blog. I will be reading it now.

  219. Dave says:

    Love to have a Berkey!!!

  220. Kim says:

    I Tweeted, too!

  221. Kim says:

    I putcha on my Facebook! I’d shout it from the rooftop if I thought it would help… and if I could get up there.

  222. Kim says:

    I have been preparing for whatever might happen for over two years now and the one thing I keep trying and trying to get is a Berkey. In fact, our water in our little farm house here is not potable, we have to use bottled water for all cooking and cleaning so a Berkey would be so ideal for us. But that’s a big chunk of change to put out at once, we just haven’t been able to afford it, especially now that I’ve been given custody of my little grandson. I’m so thrilled to hear you’re giving one away! Winning this would be a several year long dream come true. Thank you for the chance!

  223. Bill Huffman says:

    I’ve been stalking the Berkey for years! Looks like a wonderful addition to the home and our health!
    Got it on the FB also!

  224. Christy Arendt says:

    sharing on facebook!

  225. sa'ada says:

    thanks for the chance to win

  226. Teresa Knight says:

    Heather…so excited you are doing this. I am doing Preparing for Perilous Times workshops at some homeschool conventions this coming year so I am glad to see someone promoting such a great way to purify water….this could be a lifesaver not just a means to drink cleaner safer water.

  227. Teresa Knight says:

    Facebooked this

  228. bparrish55 says:

    I’ve been wondering how to deal with the flouride issue. I will be posting on Facebook and Twitter!

  229. Brenda Nolen says:

    I would LOVE one!

  230. Phillip says:

    Awesome!! What a great giveaway – my wife and I have had ‘buy a berkey’ on our list of to-dos for a while now.

  231. bparrish55 says:

    Now I’ve mentioned on Facebook.

  232. Karie says:

    You know you need a water filtration system when your city sends you a notice saying that there are things in the water at levels ‘they must report’ but they don’t want anyone to be concerned. WHAT?!?!? :-)

  233. Karie says:

    Facebooked this too!

  234. chanelle says:

    pick me! pick me!

  235. Pat T says:

    It sounds like Berkey is the way to go…posted on Facebook as well…

  236. What a great giveaway! Your water posts were so informative, thanks so much for taking the time to post. We have a filter in our fridge, but I have no idea what exactly it filters out. I am a Weston A. Price mama, and have been meaning to look into filters for our home…thanks for doing the research for me! I would love this giveaway!

  237. Elizabeth says:

    this sounds wonderful

  238. Janet Novielli says:

    I have friends who have a Berkey and would love to have one…..Our county is required by law to send out warnings about it’s failure to meet minimal standards…scary!

  239. Andi says:

    posted on FB, too!

  240. LO says:

    Ok, I just got caught up on water week. Interesting! and scary. I would love to win this! What do you guys do about ALL of the water in the home, like for showers and brushing your teeth? Do you have a house filter or just use the water that comes out?

  241. j says:

    Would love to win!

  242. Lorraine says:

    What a great giveaway!
    Thanks for this very important info.
    Thank you Berkey Guy!

    Also facebooked it!

  243. Donna H. says:

    Awesome information about water and what it can do to and for us. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Donna H.

  244. Donna H. says:


  245. Kate E. says:

    We just switched over to city water because our well went out and it tastes disgusting, not to mention it smells like I am in a pool when I take my shower because of all the chlorine in the water. I would so love to have one of these.

  246. Ami says:

    here i am, pick me.

  247. Susan says:

    Love it and put on facebook too

  248. jill r says:

    This is a wonderful filter! I hope to win the free one because we have a well that is high in nitrates. It would be a great blessings to our family.

  249. Daniel says:

    I think it’s funny how people share why they need a Berkey. It’s a random drawing, FYI.

  250. Linda Shelley says:

    Hope I get it, great article !

  251. Beth F says:

    What a great giveaway! Thanks.

  252. Beth F says:

    Shared on Facebook.

  253. Patty G says:

    Sounds like a great filter! If I don’t win I’ll have to start saving my pennies so I can buy one.

  254. Patty G says:

    I posted on my facebook page also.

  255. Ken R says:

    Ah the Berkley… the best a person can buy. Too many people leave water as a last thing to supply for when it should be the first. The best part … no batteries needed.


  256. Kim G says:

    Terrific item to give away! Water is by far THE most important resource we have (other than air!), and most water isn’t fit to drink, but the Berkey will make sure it is! Thanks for the chance to win. I’ll be posting this on Facebook, too, but I don’t use Twitter.

  257. Dean says:

    Great idea. We are looking at getting one soon.

  258. Heather says:

    What an amazing water filter! Hope I win!! :)

  259. Heather says:


  260. Melanie says:

    I love the Berkey! I would love to win this one so I could share the smaller one I own with my married son and his family.

  261. Susan R says:

    Oh, this is something I’ve dreamed about for years. What a generous giveaway!!!!

  262. Vicki says:

    What a great giveaway! i would love to win!

  263. Milehimama says:

    What an awesome giveaway! We ended up putting “filling the Berkey” on the chore chart to make sure it got done each night.

    (Not entering the contest, but I’m glad you enjoyed my post!)

  264. We were just talking about this filter this week! It’s on our list of smart purchases. We’d love to stop lugging our glass jars to the store for water. :)

  265. Second entry for mention on facebook.

  266. Debby says:

    I realized from re-reading this that I needed to put a separate comment in for my Tweet, instead of asking you to count the one twice where I told you I’d facebooked and tweeted this.

    Thanks, Mr. Berkey-guy, for doing this.

    Debby S

  267. Scott C. says:

    Sis owns one.. I’m too jealous, so I guess I should win one….

  268. Cynthia says:

    We drink so much water, and are currently using a ‘fridge filter and Brita filters. We’ve been looking into other options, but have no extra resources at this time, it’s so good to learn all this info! I found you because a friend of mine tweeted about it. What a blessing to have one to give away! Thank you for making it possible!

  269. Cynthia says:

    I tweeted!

  270. Cynthia says:

    And facebooked! Thanks again for the chance!

  271. Dave says:

    Cool! Thanks for the info.

  272. Barry H says:

    Ditto what Whitt said about needing this for our house!

  273. Sherry Kelly says:

    Would love a Berkly!!

  274. Symatha Hughes says:

    This would be so wonderful!

  275. Symatha Hughes says:

    I posted it on my facebook.

  276. Symatha Hughes says:

    I have also tweeted about it!

  277. Suzanne B. says:

    What a great giveaway!

  278. Suzanne B. says:

    Facebooked it

  279. Robyn says:

    Okay, I am totally entering this contest. Also, I tweeted AND FB’ed.

  280. Nara says:

    Wow! This is great!!! I came across the Berkey filters in my search for water filters a few months ago. I would love to have one but couldn’t afford it, so winning one would be wonderful! But even more than the chance to win one, I really appreciate all the research and work you did to provide the information on the current water problems and real solutions! I look forward to your future posts on how to have clean shower/bath water, water to wash our hands, etc. Your posts are great for us because you don’t just assume that everyone can afford a whole house water filter installed! Thank you!!!

  281. Nara says:

    I shared on Facebook.

  282. Nara says:

    I would tweet, but I don’t know how to. (Sadly I don’t know how to text either.)

  283. Nara says:

    I do have a question, though… you mention that it uses an alumina filter. Would that be a problem for someone with too much aluminum and needing to detox of aluminum?

    • Heather says:

      Nara – One of the contaminants it removes is aluminum. I don’t know exactly how, but the alumina filter apparently does not leach aluminum into the water.

  284. Stephanie L says:

    wow great info thank you!! this filter sounds great, my pur filter seems to have stopped working so perfect timing!

  285. Kellie says:

    Sounds great considering so many people are trying to win this. i facebooked about this.

  286. Nathan says:

    Winner or not, we’re thinking about getting one now. We were looking into reverse osmosis. Heard that babies should drink any water with fluoride in it. That goes for our baby too. Thanks a bunch!

  287. Kathy says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

  288. Beverly in Texas says:

    We have been slowly saving to purchase this, but winning one now would be wonderful.
    Thank you,
    Beverly in Texas

  289. Debi says:

    A wonderful, informative post! Could change someone’s life.

  290. Debi says:

    I’m tweeting this one – gotta get the word out.

  291. Sarah Laughlin says:

    I would love to win this! Great post!

  292. Christina says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  293. Christina says:

    I tweeted!

  294. Christina says:

    I Facebooked! :)

  295. Wow! This is an impressive filtration system!

  296. I posted this on Facebook!

  297. I tweeted about your giveaway.

  298. Leanne says:

    Being the Water Snob that I am, this would be perfect! Plus we have tons of guests ALL the time, I always run out of water. Thanks for the info! I’m def. putting this on a list of something to save space and money for!

  299. Leanne says:

    Tweeted it!

  300. Leanne says:

    Facebooked it too!

  301. Rebekah says:

    I would love to win a Berkley filter!

  302. Andrea says:

    Wow; I’m sold! This looks fantastic!
    Facebooked and Tweeted as well. :)

  303. David says:

    My wife would love this for our family.

  304. David says:

    I tweeted, too.

  305. Beverly in Texas says:

    Sent a tweet.

  306. David says:

    I tweeted.

  307. David says:

    This would make a great Christmas present for my wife.

  308. Bev says:

    This would be wonderful to win.

  309. Bev says:

    When is the drawing? This is to let you know I tweeted.

  310. Michelle says:

    Berkey sounds awesome!!!

  311. Michelle says:


  312. Kristine says:

    I’d like clean water please…if family members are included.

  313. Kristine says:

    posted on twitter

  314. Kristine says:

    posted on facebook

  315. Mendy says:

    What a great Christmas present! I’ve posted on facebook!

  316. Nicole Adams says:

    Thanks for posting this! We are looking for a new water filter. You’ve convinced me!!!

  317. Hope says:

    Thanks for sharing Berkley with us! Love to have one! Hope I win!

  318. Nicole Adams says:

    I posted it on Facebook!!!

  319. Hope says:

    I facebooked your blog and giveaway!

  320. Lisa says:

    Oh, this is so compelling!! I WANT ONE!! I have been looking forever for something that takes care of everything, but never ran across this one – yay!!!

  321. Lisa says:

    Just posted on facebook, too!!

  322. Emily Brown says:

    Incredible info, Heather! Thanks so much for the comparison, for the review, and of course, for the giveaway! :) Happy Hydrating!

  323. Emily Brown says:


  324. Gina says:

    I would love to win one!

  325. Pam Howe says:

    Wow! I know so much more about Berkey now….Thank you so much!

  326. Annette says:

    Wow, what a fabulous giveaway! I’d love this!

  327. Sarah M says:

    What great information! We have used a Brita for years & will now be looking into switching.

  328. Erin C says:

    Wow! I’ve been looking for a great water filter. So glad you posted this!!

  329. FirstPhoenixbird says:

    We have wanted one of these filters too… have 8 in our family.. and filters or purchasing water is so expensive. This is on our wish list. Thanks for the contest.

  330. Jeremy Tallo says:

    Hannah told me to come enter this but we would love this filter system!

  331. Jeremy Tallo says:

    Posted it on my facebook.

  332. tara alicea says:

    I have family and friends that owns the Big Berkey, and I’ve wanted one for some time now. I just can’t afford it right now… I’m on the Dave Ramsey plan! :D

  333. tara alicea says:

    i posted on facebook

  334. tara alicea says:

    i retweeted

  335. Amélie says:

    Would love to win !!!! I’m looking foward to buy one like this in a near future, so it would be great to win !

  336. Amélie says:

    facebooked it !

  337. Amélie says:

    tweeted !

  338. Sarah says:

    Ooh, ooh! Me, me, Please!! :)

  339. Sarah says:

    Shared this on Facebook!

  340. Sarah says:

    re-tweeted the giveaway – woohoo!

  341. Kathryn Lindenberger Nordyke via Facebook says:

    is this the most comments you have ever received from a post? Because WOAH there are a ton! It is an amazing give away!

  342. I figure I’ll FIND space if I can win a Berkey. How fun to know you found the Berkey Guy through KS! Sorry you have to drown in comments to run a great giveaway like this – but congrats on landing it!

  343. Judy says:

    I could do with one of those for our household – there are six of us so it would probably need constant refilling – scares me thinking about my kids drinking all that “bad” water though :(

  344. j elohim says:

    Distilled is still the best, although it is more expensive. (I buy 2 gal a day at 0.89 per gal every day since 1992)…. Did have and use a ss distiller for one year – BEST OPTION YES, but lost it during a move and just got another one but it’s not set up yet.
    See amazon’s comments about the berkey just in case it happens to you at
    I just heard in the last week about the berk. that missionaries use it… it is A LOT BETTER than any other portable filter I’ve seen…. just remember it can fail also(mass marketing is a big problem and has ALWAYS led to dramatic loss of quality and truth)

  345. Holly says:

    pick me pick me! lol ….

  346. Holly says:

    posted on facebook too

  347. Jesse M says:

    So I just read all about this water filter and got really excited as I have been looking for something exactly like this. Only to go to the site and learn I cannot get it because it can’t be shipped to CA….. ARghhhh!

  348. Martina says:

    Hi Mommypotomus,
    I am loving the easy read, from your lighthearted blog! I find your’s to be less overwhelming than others. As making a whole lifestyle change isn’t overwhelming enough. Right? On the Berkey Water Filtration, what size do you have or would you recommend? We are a water drinking family of four, with the children being 2 and under. Thanks for your help:)

    • Heather says:

      Glad you are finding the info here helpful, Martina! We started with an Imperial. When my mom decided to buy one, though, she offered to let us upgrade to the Crown and switch. We did and we love it because we only have to fill it up every few days :)

  349. Alison says:

    Do you know of any home filtration systems that filter everything?

  350. […] veggies, cod liver oil, liver etc.) and get plenty of sunshine. We purify our water with a relatively inexpensive but effective filter, make our own non-toxic cleaning supplies and beauty products, and avoid pesticides and herbicides. […]

  351. kim says:

    What is a comparable whole house water filtration system?

  352. amy says:

    Hi, I am wondering what you think about Custom Pure filters, which provide carbon filtration and de-ionization. The MB series from Custom pure are popular in Seattle and sold at the natural food co-ops. It is a local option. However, the Berkey looks potentially better?!

  353. Have you located a whole house water filter you like? I’m hoping to find one that takes care of the showers/baths too. Thanks! Tiffany

  354. Tara says:

    I need a water filter!!

  355. LK says:

    What about the Seychelles water filter? That seems to have very good ratings but I haven’t found anything comparing it to Berkeley.

    I get shower filters from Lifekind. I think they just filter chlorine though.

  356. Hannah costa says:

    Wow! I didn’t realize their was something better than my brita, I would love this!!

  357. Erin says:

    What a great give away! Thank you!!!

  358. Heidi says:

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks!

  359. veronica says:

    I would love to win a Berkey.!!

  360. veronica says:

    i posted on facebook! woot woot

  361. Heather R. says:

    I’d love to win one of these! Thanks for the info and giveaway!

  362. Natasha says:

    Oh, I want one of these soooo bad!

  363. Natasha says:

    Posted to facebook

  364. Shannon says:

    posted to facebook

  365. […] Next Post in this Series: Mommypotamus’ Favorite Water Filter! […]

  366. Nancy Bass says:

    After your blog pot about making your own electrolyte drink, I started looking into the Berkley water filter systems. I would LOVE to get one of these for my home!! My husband recently lost his job so it’s not in our budget to get one right now. I am hoping to win one!

  367. Maia says:

    Hi! I wanted to buy one, since I didn’t win it ;), and was wondering which was the real berkey website. I’ve seen so many and wanted to have the real one. Thanks!

  368. Allie says:

    I’ve been using Kishu charcoal sticks. Do you know anything about how they compare?

    • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

      Allie, Unfortunately I don’t. I know that the additional white filters also eliminate some fluoride, so that may be one thing to look into.

  369. cia parker says:

    I’ve read that Brita doesn’t get out nearly as many pesticides and heavy metals as PUR water filters, which is what we use, also available at Wal Mart.

  370. Lisette says:

    I am looking at purchasing a Berkey. What size do you own?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lisette, I don’t use mine anymore because my husband and I bought a farm with a pure water source. I can’t recall exactly what size I used, but it was the one that was second to the largest. One thing to keep in mind: there have been reports that the fluoride filters are not very effective at removing fluoride. I tested mine and was unimpressed with the results, but I was not able to duplicate the test because 3M removed their fluoride testing kits from the marketplace.

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