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How to obtain clean drinking water

Our recent trip to Anguilla reinforced upon me how we take clean drinking water for granted. On a fairly arid Island surrounded by salt water, drinking water is a scarce commodity, dependent upon imported fuel to run desalinators. I was able to examine some great examples of rain water harvesting (which most everyone there does), but no one drinks it, they buy water, either in 5 gallon jugs, or pay the water truck to fill a tank. I was able to demonstrate our DIY Berkey Water purifier, and explain how atmospheric water generators work. First the Berkey:

This non-electric (gravity) water purification system will purify up to 6000 gallons in the basic kit, 12000 gallons in the advanced kit, or 18000 gallons in the deluxe kit. It will purify rain water, ground water, or even greywater. All you have to provide is two food grade buckets (4-6 gallons) with lids. The square 4 gallon units can accommodate up to 4 filters, the round 5 & 6 gallon buckets can accommodate up to 8 in a pinch. The more filters you have the more GPH output you can supply.

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All kits below include our DIY rainwater, solar water heating, and greywater recycling edocumentation set. Shipping is Free in the USA lower 48.

Basic DIY Berkey Kit $125 (two filters, faucet, and instructions):

Advanced DIY Berkey Kit $220 (four filters, faucet, and instructions):

Deluxe DIY Berkey Kit $299 (six filters, faucet, and instructions):

Replacement filters $99 (twinpack):

Arsenic/Fluoride option $60 (comes in sets of 2, screws onto above filters, need 1 for each filter in bucket. If six filters, need 3 sets):

Another option is a Atmospheric Water Generator. Although this option requires electricity, it uses a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of humid air, and runs it through a filter. We have run these units on solar power.


Constructed Wetlands

A constructed wetland is an artificial “bog”, designed to purify waste water, and provide habitat for migratory or native critters (we love watching the geese and listening to the frogs). They act as a biofilter and help cool the local microclimate as well.

They are a naturalists dream for a backyard, and can be a valuable source off food and relaxation.


The Mother of all Water Filters

British Berkefeld is a well respected name in water filtration. For those with shallow wells, or rain water harvesting, getting safe water to cook with and drink can be a challenge. Our new Berkey Light™ Gravity Water Purifier could be just the ticket.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

* The shatter resistant and virtually unbreakable Berkey Light™ system is made of a high impact strength, non BPA copolyester.

* The Berkey Light™ system does not leach foul tasting plasticizers into your water and will not retain foul tastes and odors from waterborne contaminants. As the system purifies water, it produces the delightful and relaxing sound of falling raindrops.

* The revolutionary Berkey Light™ self-sterilizing and re-cleanable purification elements purify water by removing pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and by extracting harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. They also reduce nitrates, nitrites, sediment and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

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