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Offline John Steven

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« on: August 09, 2014, 10:05:51 PM »
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  • Our family has been using the Berkey Light 3 gallon gravity filter for about six years. We have used it both on city water and well water. Anyone that visits raves about the taste of the water. We currently have well water and put all our drinking water through it. Last year the bottom portion cracked at the spigot area so we have had the filter unit sitting on top of a 3 gallon Gott water cooler. It works well but my wife hates the look of it.  :fryingpan:

    Today one of the kids knocked it on the floor and the ceramic filters broke.  :facepalm: I want to have a gravity system for emergency use but I was thinking of buying an under sink Doulton system that uses the ceramic filters. Has anyone used this sort of setup? It is not clear to me if it filters as effectively as the gravity systems and what sort of flow rate I could expect with it.  Anyone have any advice?

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    « Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 04:01:37 AM »
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  • When I had an in line filter, I made the mistake of making it a whole house filter to try to get the sediment out of the well water. I had a UV light system that was used after it to sterilize the water -- and the less sediment, the more effective the UV sterilizer.

    The filters slowed the water pressure significantly and required frequent changing due to the level of sediment in my well water.

    Eventually I simply did without it, too much maintenance, too little water pressure. Guess there weren't any amoebas in the well, I'm still alive. Deo gratias.

    Some folks would've been fine with the frequent changes I suppose, perhaps if they had a larger system, or more powerful pump.

    The sedimentary water wasn't so bad. I would've done better just having the filters installed under the kitchen sink for drinking water alone, probably would've been less trouble, though how much less I don't know. A little less safe too of course though.

    By a Gott do you mean one of those bright orange things?  :rolleyes:

    I was going to suggest building a wooden cabinet for it or putting it in a basket but there's only so much you can do...  :laugh2:
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    « Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 12:30:29 PM »
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  • Yes, the Gott is one of those bright orange coolers.



    I don't have a sediment filter for the water coming into the house from the well. I should install one. I also need to come up with a pump for getting water out of the well without electricity. I have a generator but if there were any long term power outages I would not want to be reliant upon an electric pump.

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    « Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 01:21:55 PM »
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  • Honestly I'd say just stick with the Berkey, but get a new metal one so it looks decent.

    Re: hand pump well water for emergencies -- good idea!

    There's even the dirt cheap method of using a bucket, some interesting articles out there on the topic.
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    Shin

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