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    I have been filtering tap water through a hillbilly engineered Sawyer Mini "system" for 3-4 years. Finally broke down and ordered a Berkey.
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    Bought a new (to me) metal shelving unit. Taking it to the new place to start adding to preps there.

    Already have water there, although not much. Also have a little food and a couple extra weapons I had laying around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwframe View Post
    I have been filtering tap water through a hillbilly engineered Sawyer Mini "system" for 3-4 years. Finally broke down and ordered a Berkey.
    Are you on a well or city water?

    Does a Berkey have a carbon stage?



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    The Berkey filter is basically a large carbon filter. Each one is a cylinder roughly 3"d x 12"h. Larger Berkeys use more filters to increase throughput. They do have an add-on filter for flouride removal. Not sure what that is made of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino View Post
    Are you on a well or city water?

    Does a Berkey have a carbon stage?
    I think they are just big carbon filters. Berkey has a good reputation, that's all I really know. The Sawyer Mini filters fine, I'm just tired of backflushing it. Ready for a more efficient larger scale filter system.

    I'm on county water, it comes from Lake Monroe. This time of year and through the winter, there is a lot of sediment that clogs the little filter. It has to be backflushed daily. Whereas, in the summer, I go for weeks without backflushing. There are also smells and tastes to the water at various times through the year.

    We had great water here for years, until they started talking about costly upgrades to the water system. Since then the bills have nearly doubled and the water has gotten dirty. Funny how that works, eh?

    Regardless, I like the idea of a more robust filter system that I could run lake, pond or ditch water through if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwframe View Post
    I think they are just big carbon filters. Berkey has a good reputation, that's all I really know. The Sawyer Mini filters fine, I'm just tired of backflushing it. Ready for a more efficient larger scale filter system.

    I'm on county water, it comes from Lake Monroe. This time of year and through the winter, there is a lot of sediment that clogs the little filter. It has to be backflushed daily. Whereas, in the summer, I go for weeks without backflushing. There are also smells and tastes to the water at various times through the year.

    We had great water here for years, until they started talking about costly upgrades to the water system. Since then the bills have nearly doubled and the water has gotten dirty. Funny how that works, eh?

    Regardless, I like the idea of a more robust filter system that I could run lake, pond or ditch water through if needed.
    That's a good move on your part. I don't know about Lake Monroe water, but sometimes the water from Eagle Creek on the west side of Indy isn't fit for consumption (in terms of taste). They have to add so much chlorine that you can taste it in iced tea and fountain drinks from places that don't filter their water first. UGH. The city water where I live is pretty good.



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    Don't forget a colander and paper coffee filters for rough initial filtration.
    If you need to pre-filter to avoid crudding up the Berkey then you got them.
    If you never use them then no loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino View Post
    That's a good move on your part. I don't know about Lake Monroe water, but sometimes the water from Eagle Creek on the west side of Indy isn't fit for consumption (in terms of taste). They have to add so much chlorine that you can taste it in iced tea and fountain drinks from places that don't filter their water first. UGH. The city water where I live is pretty good.
    5-6 years ago, (ironically when they first started warning of water bill increases due to necessary water plant upgrades,) I didn't readily notice the water problems starting. It was the neighbors talking about the bad tasting water and coffee. Now I can tell you what time of the year it is by what comes out of the tap.

    Quote Originally Posted by NKBJ View Post
    Don't forget a colander and paper coffee filters for rough initial filtration.
    If you need to pre-filter to avoid crudding up the Berkey then you got them.
    If you never use them then no loss.
    Very good idea. I do have a few different kinds of filter systems around for coffee filter type small scale filtering. On top of that, some makeshift indoor and outdoor larger scale rough filtration materials.
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    I just used a sawyer mini for the first time, a couple months ago on a backpacking trip down south. It seemed to filter great, but it didn't remove the "pond water" taste from the lake water that I'd filtered.

    Next trip I took a little bottle of Mio Water to mix in for taste.



    Also: for preps, I finally got around to picking up another new steel 55-gallon drum for long term kerosene storage. Bumps me up near 150 gallons total for kerosene (once I fill it up). I have a woodstove and lots of wood, but I like the idea of being able to heat my place in a more stealthy way, if I decide that's best.


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