Why You Should Filter Your Water

A few years ago, I posted some tips for how we save money on groceries. It has been my most popular post to date, with around 70k+ repins. In that post, I mentioned that one of the things we do to save money is to drink tap water. Water is healthier than sugar-laden drinks, and much more frugal.

This post and giveaway has been generously sponsored by Berkey Filters.

Filter Drinking Water

Concerns with drinking unfiltered water

Many of you at that time expressed concern over drinking water straight from the tap. I had researched and had some concerns as well. I drink basically nothing but water. My children and family drink about 85% water. We need our water to be clean and healthy.

Unfortunately, the water that comes through our tap isn’t always clean and healthy. Tap water generally contains chlorine, fluoride, and can also contain bacteria, metals such as lead, and a host of other contaminants. (Read more here  and here about some of those common contaminants.)

Filter Options

We used a cheap pitcher filter for a while.

Those pitcher filters or faucet filters seemed like a great choice. At around $30 each, they seemed quite affordable. However, these pitcher filters came with some negatives.

  1. They are plastic, which we don’t like to use in our kitchen
  2. They didn’t remove everything I wanted them to.
  3. The pitchers we were using didn’t hold very much water, which meant filling them up quite often.
  4. They were actually much more expensive in the long run.

Yes, you read that last one right. That $20-$30 pitcher filter that seemed inexpensive at the time actually turned out to be a much more expensive choice in the long run.

Berkey Water Filters

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A couple years ago, I heard about Berkey Water Filters. The Big Berkey that I was looking at costs $258 for the system and includes 2 filters. Compared with $30 for the cheap filter pitchers, and this seemed like a lot of money. However, it was a great example of the fact that sometimes the frugal choice might surprise you. When you do the math, those pitcher filters cost around $.20 per gallon (while not removing everything), whereas the Berkey filters cost less than $.02 per gallon. That is a 90% savings, and it adds up! [see more here about the price comparison between Berkey filters and competitors.]

In fact, Berkey water filters beat our cheap pitcher filters in every single area of concern that I had.

  1. Made of Stainless Steel. Although there are some plastic parts in the filter, the reservoir in the system I have is made of stainless steel.
  2. Large capacity. The 2.1 gallon storage capacity in our Big Berkey is plenty enough to accommodate our family of 4, and is recommended for up to 16 people. In addition to this, our 2 black berkey filters will produce up to 3.5 gallons of filtered water per hour!
  3. Extremely effective. The Berkey system is extremely effective at removing contaminants, while still leaving the beneficial minerals…it’s like magic. Except it’s not really magic, it’s science, and you can read a bit more of those details here. Their filters are actually so powerful that they are technically water purifiers, which means that they adhere to a higher standard than filters.
  4. Economical. Although that initial price tag seemed expensive at first, after researching a bit, I realized that the filters last a long time on a Berkey! The Big Berkey comes with 2 filters, which allows it to filter 6,000 gallons before I need to replace them. For the average family, this means that the filters will last 4-8 years!!!

It is well worth the cost to provide clean, safe, healthy drinking water for your family.

Special Deals

Berkey Filters offers the following specials for everyone who orders through them:

  • You will receive FREE shipping on any $50 order, no coupon code needed.
  • You will receive the exclusive opportunity to purchase an extra item at 50% discount!

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This post is a part of my Healthy, Natural Family series. Check out more posts in the series.


  1. says

    This is something that I’ve been concerned about and would love to win. I’m praying my family wins because this would be a huge blessing to us!

  2. says

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I would love to win because our water tastes wayyyy too chemically here. We use a PUR filter, but a Berkey is so awesome!

  3. Cindy Santa Ana says

    I’d love to win as I just found out yesterday that my current filter isn’t filtering out chemicals in our local water.

    • Crystal Brothers says

      I agree! That held me back for a long time, too. The final convincing came when I realized that even though it’s a larger up-front investment, it’s actually much more cost-effective in the long run. I got so tired of trying to keep up with the dates and buy new filters every 2-3 months. The filters in our berkey will last years, which is such a nice change.

  4. Kristin Mahoney says

    I’d love to win this. The length of time the filter lasts is an interesting point. I may have to look back into this again.

  5. Liz W. says

    This would be amazing. I waste so much money on half drunk bottles of water my kids forget and set down. Not only that but it would get rid of our excessive plastic bottles. Yes we recycle but I’d rather have them not needed at all.

  6. Brandi Hernandez says

    I’ve been wanting one of these for our family for such a long time. We live in a rural area surrounded by fracking wells and I am always so concerned that they will leach into our water supply.

  7. TallulahJane says

    I am trying to adopt a healthier less sugar filled household. I think filtered water would be wonderful and this system sounds great.

  8. Lynne B says

    We’ve been renting and holding off to buy a water filter because of that. The Big Berkey would solve a lot of our hesitation to try something even before home ownership again.

  9. Dina says

    Very interested in more information about these systems! We have a small filter on our kitchen faucet for rinsing produce and cooking but for drinking we buy cases and cases of water bottles…trying to move to a more natural, less toxic/chemical way of living. This would be an amazing blessing!

  10. Siobhan says

    Wow what a generous giveaway! I’ve seen these in so many friends home before and just never got around to looking into it more! Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Pie says

    I’ve been interested in Berkey for a very long time, but it always drops to the bottom of the priority list. Would love to win one!

  12. says

    For a long time I’ve been concerned about the fluoride, chlorine, and who knows what else in our city water. Winning one of these would be a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  13. Ana says

    This would be a huge blessing to us! I have a degree of metal toxicity in my body and must filter everything I eat and drink. I’d love this for my family. Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. Emily says

    Would love to win this! Been searching for the best filter but it’s overwhelming. Really trying to cut out toxins wherever I can. Have heard great things about the Berkey, but getting the hubby to agree to the expense & fit it into the budget are challenges!

  15. Stacy says

    Thank you for that information. I have been using just the pitcher filter thinking I was saving money – what an eye opener. Thank you.

  16. Sherry says

    Because we live on a farm, my hubby is convinced that our water is safe. He doesn’t want to consider buying any type of a filter,especially not an expensive one! If we won it, he wouldn’t say no! :-) That works for me!

  17. Danielle says

    This would be so amazing to win for our family. We drink straight from the tap but after reading this post I’m a little horrified of what we could have been consuming. I will have to start saving for these awesome filtration systems. Thank you so much for filling me in on them!!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, horrified is how I felt as well…especially when water is basically all I drink day in and day out. I definitely don’t want to scare anyone. After all, you can’t help what has already happened. I have come to believe it’s best to filter if possible though.

  18. Jennifer O says

    We have hard water here. I’ve been using a filter pitcher, but it doesn’t hold enough to take of our needs, so I have to refill multiple times a day. I’d love to get a Berkey! I have heard so many great things about them

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Yes, we had that same problem with the filter pitchers. We have been so pleased with our Berkey, I’m only sorry I waited so long to get one.

  19. Jill says

    I would love to win this. We drink a TON of tap water and probably are ingesting many things we’d rather not. We are slowly working to remove toxins from our home, little by little, but it is so hard on a tight budget! Thanks for the frugal ideas!

    • Crystal Brothers says

      It is hard, and I have to remind myself to have grace. Little improvements are still improvements. Good job for making healthier choices for your family, even if it’s baby steps.

  20. Kelly Lamhauge says

    I just starting looking into this again because I have concerns about our filters not doing enough. This looks like a great water system. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Jenni says

    I’ve been reading about Berkeys for a while, and I definitely see the value in them, but haven’t been able to fit them into our budget yet :)

    • Crystal Brothers says

      Sorry, Carisa. Amanda S. won the Berkey system. It was posted for a few days but then I deleted the giveaway widget since the giveaway is over.

      • says

        Crystal, Thanks for your reply. I guess I missed it somehow. When I was looking the widget was still up. Only 2 Amanda’s entered and I guess they both had a last name that started with S. My daughter Amanda also has the last initial S.

        • Crystal Brothers says

          Sorry for the confusion Carisa. The winner has been notified and has received her prize. I wish you the best of luck in getting your own filtration system. It took us a long time to get one as well due to the cost, but we love it.

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