Cleaner water with the Big Berkey

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As you know, I like to try new things for the home and report on my findings on this site. Well, over the years, I have grown increasingly concerned about the quality of my tap water. Two years ago, I had a company test my tap water. They reported high levels of chlorine and nitrates. I was not shocked that there was chlorine in the water, but was shocked at the level. More and more often, when I turn on the faucet to fill up a glass of water, the smell of chlorine fills the air. It turns out the chlorine level is similar to a swimming pool.

With recent unease about my tap water, I decided to purchase a Big Berkey water filter for my home in January. It’s a chrome-colored pitcher with a nozzle that comes in different sizes that you can put right on the counter. The first thing I noticed was the difference in smell and taste. I no longer smell chlorine in my glasses of water. Even guests that visit notice the difference. Additionally, I find my Keurig coffee maker has not needed to be descaled, which was a once a month occurrence with our tap water or filtered water from the refrigerator. Our kids love it, too. It’s easy for the little ones to refill their cup or glass when they need a drink. I am so happy I purchased it.

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How it works

There are two buckets stacked on top of one another. The top bucket contains the filters. The bottom bucket is for storage and dispensing of the water.

This system removes pathogenic bacteria, viruses, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

To buy one, visit Use coupon code MEMORIAL5 to get 5% off. Since Montgomery County does not fluorinate the water supply, there’s no need to purchase the fluoride filters.