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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by bedraggled » Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:18 am

I guess mine is a purifier, considering the price.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by dualstow » Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:24 am

Maddy wrote: ...
  Also, note the difference between a "filter" and a "purifier" in terms of their ability to remove bacteria and viruses.

The Big Berkey is a "purifier," which when used with a black carbon block filter removes a wide range of bacteria and viruses.
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The manual says:
If you suspect a water source contains viral and bacteriological
contamination, add 16-drops of plain bleach or iodine to
each 1-gallon of water and wait 30 minutes in order to
pre-treat the water before purifying in this system. The disinfectant
will be removed from the water during the purification
process, leaving no odor or taste.
So it looks like you have to treat the water, and then the Berkey will remove your treatment chemicals.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by technovelist » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:29 am

Maddy wrote: When comparing different models, be sure and take account of the expected life of the filter elements.  Many models require the elements to be replaced fairly regularly, regardless of the amount of use, or else they become reservoirs of bacteria.  Also, note the difference between a "filter" and a "purifier" in terms of their ability to remove bacteria and viruses.

The Big Berkey is a "purifier," which when used with a black carbon block filter removes a wide range of bacteria and viruses.  That's a big deal to me because I draw from untreated groundwater.  However, even if you're on a city water system, I'd think it would be assuring to know that in a pinch you could run pond water or roof run-off through the thing and it would be perfectly drinkable.

The Berkey is extremely inexpensive to run when you consider the number of gallons you get per element and the fact that the elements can be cleaned and reused.
Warning: the black filter elements, assuming that's what you are talking about, have been highly unreliable in the past. We went through about 10 of them trying to find 4 that wouldn't fail within a few days of installation. If they have fixed the quality control problem(s), then they would be a good choice. In the meantime, we are using the white ceramic filter elements.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by dualstow » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:17 am

Wow, sounds like a hassle. Maybe I'll stick with Brita pitchers after all.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by MachineGhost » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:58 am

dualstow wrote: Wow, sounds like a hassle. Maybe I'll stick with Brita pitchers after all.
Every year I also point you to this: http://www.purewaterproducts.com/economy-ro  ;)
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Post by jafs » Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:06 pm

RO systems filter a lot of stuff, and don't have some of the concerns about other kinds of filtration, and those look like a good deal.

My concern/issue with RO systems is that you lose/waste a lot of water with them - something like 4 gallons for every gallon of water you use.

It's a real shame.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by MachineGhost » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:06 pm

jafs wrote: My concern/issue with RO systems is that you lose/waste a lot of water with them - something like 4 gallons for every gallon of water you use.

It's a real shame.
Who cares?  It's not water you want to be drinking.  And its not like you ever notice.  I don't know if it qualifies as grey water, but you could capture and reuse it if you're going to persist in being that anal about it.  ;)

I've only had to replace the set of filters once in three years.  I have a TDS meter to check when its time.
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Post by Pointedstick » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:26 pm

I care because I live in the desert and water is expensive! But I suppose you don't install one of these things for the whole house, and instead hook it up to a little fresh faced on your kitchen sink, right? But in that case, you're still using/cooking with/bathing with unfiltered water.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by MachineGhost » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:41 pm

Pointedstick wrote: I care because I live in the desert and water is expensive! But I suppose you don't install one of these things for the whole house, and instead hook it up to a little fresh faced on your kitchen sink, right? But in that case, you're still using/cooking with/bathing with unfiltered water.
Yep, but you can use it for cooking and drinking (seriously, get a pressure cooker if you need to use a gallon of water for cooking at a time!).  For the shower, I have this (without the free head): http://www.amazon.com/Sprite-HO2-WH-M-U ... 006LQPJIU/

I only use the municipal water "naked" for using the OralBreeze (I've temporarily detached the ShowerBreeze because it's not working with the filter + flexible hose head, puts too much weight on it), occasional hand-washing, watering the indoor plants and dish washing.  But the municipal water is relatively clean of bugs, just full of toxic chemicals, heavy metals and nasty stuff like that.  The filters were pretty disgustingly gooped when I changed them.  Must been all the rocket percholate!  ;)

Hmm, I guess I really should get some kind of filter to use on the outdoor hose and water supply to the plants.  A RO wouldn't be appropriate because plants need the minerals that a RO filters out: http://www.purewaterproducts.com/garden-hose-filters

The RO outlet hose just attaches to the outgoing drain pipe so it's easy enough to divert if its actually safe to use for something.  But its NOT the same thing as low pH acid water from a water alkalizer.  It's toxic water.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by jafs » Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:56 pm

I care, because I care about not wasting precious resources.

So, if there are other filtration systems that work well enough for us that don't waste all that water, then I'd prefer to use those.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by Maddy » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:26 pm

Don't reverse osmosis systems demineralize the water?  My understanding is that over time demineralized water causes calcium, magnesium, and other necessary minerals to be leeched out of your system.  I seem to recall some mention of adding Himalayan salt to RO-filtered water to avoid that problem.
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Re: Brita faucet filters

Post by Maddy » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:34 pm

technovelist wrote: Warning: the black filter elements, assuming that's what you are talking about, have been highly unreliable in the past. We went through about 10 of them trying to find 4 that wouldn't fail within a few days of installation. If they have fixed the quality control problem(s), then they would be a good choice. In the meantime, we are using the white ceramic filter elements.
That was quite a few years back.  I'm not aware of any problem since then, but I'd be interested in any information to the contrary.
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