Matt Peiris

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Mark,

Don't drink well water unless you have tested and made sure it's potable. There are many contaminants that your Berkey cannot filter.
If the well is closer to a farm, better test for Nitrates. Bacteria and arsenic can be present in levels that exceed epa limits.
At least get a reverse osmosis filter that fits underneath you kitchen sink to fulfil your drinking water needs.
Good luck!
2 years ago
I would not recommend pouring down rainwater or well/surface water down a Berkey filter and expect it to filter out everything. It is meant to filter out already disinfected water. There may be microorganisms present in water you're trying to filter. Reverse osmosis units are better at handling these types of situations, but they too carry warnings to disinfect the water before or after filtration before consuming. I would get a RO system and put a uv disinfector downstream, just to be safe.

Municipalities are required to disinfect the water by having 1 ppm of chlorine at the consumers faucet. Furthermore, EPA enforces primary standards for a variety of contaminants in city water. Rain/Surface/Well water cannot be regulated like this.
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2 years ago