For the longest time, I’ve recommended you buy not only the dry bleach ( for $25 you get years worth of disinfecting water ) but also buy a $55 Berky water filter brand ceramic element. You then take two five gallon buckets and have yourself a water filter. I had been under the impression that each element filtered up to twelve thousand gallons, but I think I was relying on imperfect information. Going to the Lehman’s hand tool/off-grid company web site:
It states that each white filter is good for six hundred gallons. If you buy the black filters for about $10 more each ( sold in two packs ) they are good for three thousand gallons each. This is distressing as I bought two white filters thinking I was good for twenty five thousand gallons. I don’t have time for further research so I’m not sure if I should panic yet or not. But regardless, this article is about the Berky unit itself. Following my previous advice, if you bought a ceramic element to make your own filter out of buckets, you were almost paying the same amount of money as if you had just bought the whole Berky steel unit with filters. Four replacements are $220. The whole unit is $235. Now, understood, if you are really poor and can only afford $55 at a time you buy the lesser bargain ( if you buy the two pack black filters you get a much better bargain-six thousand gallons verses 1200 ). But if you can swing it, it really is a much better buy for your money if you buy the entire thing. To clarify, the “elements” are the ceramic filters. The “Berky Filter” is the entire unit, elements and their housing unit.
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