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Well, things have been pretty quiet around here, Bob is still working on the bedroom, it has a roof now, and he is installing windows, it’s going to have lots of windows, he is planning on extending a deck beyond the bedroom so he is also making a door to the outside. It’s been pretty windy the past couple of days, yesterday and last night, we were worried about the new addition, there are no walls to speak of, we were worried the wind might damage the roof or the windows, but everything held up just fine. :)

I just ordered a water purifier system, it’s called a Berkey Water Purifier. These are touted to be one of the best there are, it uses no electricity, needs no water pressure, you basically pour the water in the top, it filters down through 2 filters and is stored in the base.

  • The shatter resistant and virtually unbreakable Berkey Light™ system is made of high impact strength Lexan® which, ounce for ounce, is stronger than steel. In fact, this is the same material used for making bulletproof glass.

    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.

I have read (and seen on line) that it can remove food coloring without removing minerals and such that your body needs. I can’t wait to get it, I should be able to get water from any source and this purifier will make it safe to drink. In this ever more dangerous world, with no guarantee of being able to get safe water, it’s nice to know that I don’t have to worry about it now.

I was able to get a good deal on a blemished unit, it’s still fully functional, the holes where the filters go were drilled off center, I could care less about that, but the nearly $40 in savings is a big deal! With shipping and tax it came to just under $200.00.

Do a search for Berkey water and you can learn all about them. Oh, they are also all over YouTube.


Anonymous seth said…

Hi Wretha, my name is Seth and i recently purchased land in west texas. First, i have to say i’m glad to have found your blog and enjoy your posts, secondly, i appluade you guys for what you are doing. has been a dream of mine for a long time, but with four kids and, yatta yatta yah, the time has come to carry out that dream. i hope you won’t mind if i email you sometime with questions about your systems and so on.
Thanks, Seth

May 2, 2008 2:53 PM


Blogger Wretha said…

Hi Seth, thanks for your comment, sure, I don’t mind answering questions, we learned a lot of this by trial and error, and got a lot of info online too. Contact me anytime! Where did you purchase you land? You can answer privately via email if you want.

wretha @ gmail . com (remove the spaces)

May 2, 2008 3:06 PM


Blogger judyofthewoods said…

I have been using a Berkefeld filter (the metal version, same filter elements) for about 7-8 years. Absolutely love it. Although I get water from a spring on my own land, it is high in manganese, which is not too healthy in that quantity, and also makes the water taste bitter and harsh (always used to cough when drinking a few gulps of that water). Filtered the water is delicious, and I can down a glas in one go without coughing, and need less sugar in my coffee. My neighbours have one too, and they gather rain water from the roof and store it in a rubber-lined cistern. The rubber made the water taste and smell very rubbery, but the filter has even managed to stop that chemical contamination. Aid organisations use them in tropical countries, so they are very good. If you have one of those and a supply of spare filters, you never have to worry about bad water. One of the best survival investments. You can also use many different containers to improvise, and just drill a hole, put in the filter and put container over another one, e.g. use a couple of saucepans or s/s storage bins. You won’t regret your purchase.

May 3, 2008 4:35 PM


Blogger Wretha said…

Thanks Judy, I appreciate the vote of confidence for this product. :) We are going to be collecting rain water, we just have to wait for the rainy season to hit, and we have to get more water storage, it will be nice to know we will be able to drink the water we catch and not worry about it.


May 3, 2008 5:58 PM


Blogger GW said…

I recently found out about the Berkey water filter a couple of days ago and am looking forward to purchasing one myself. We live in the backwoods and the well water has a funny taste to it. The well is within 100′ of a shallow lake. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but I look forward to good tasting well water like I was used to before I moved here in December.

Love the blog.


May 5, 2008 2:44 PM


Blogger Wretha said…

Thanks GW, be sure to let me know how it works for you! :)


May 5, 2008 2:53 PM

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