Over the past few months I have been putting a lot of thought into the “safe drinking water after a disaster” topic. My personal solution is divided into 3 stages:
Short Term – this is your bottled water. Regardless if its 1 pint plastic bottles, or 55 gallon drums, this is your short term solution.
Mid Term – This is something like a berkey water filter system – where you can take water from a river, lake, pond, or steam, filter it and make it safe to drink.
Long Term – private well. You have your own private water supply of safe drinking water.
For this article we will be discussing the Berkey Light Water Filter, which was supplied by Red Barn Workshop.
Over the past few months I have been seeing people talk about the Berkey line of filters, now I understand what the hype is about. Overall, I am impressed with the unit, how simple it works and how simple the design is. The filters use gravity to pull the water through them. This means that no external pressure has to be applied – which is great for a survival situation. With any pressure system – something is required to supply the pressure, such as a pump, every pressure system has to have some kind of seal to hold the pressure in,,,, this all means there is more stuff to fail and break. One of the good things about the Berkey water filter system – the only moving part is the faucet.