Lead in NYC Water, or Why a Berkey Water Filter Isn’t Just For Survivalists
New York City means three things to me: Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty, and great food, so when I read today’s NYC headline, “Tap Water Shows Elevated Lead Levels,” my eyebrows raised. Aren’t large urban areas supposed to have sophisticated water purification systems?
The increased levels of lead in New York’s water aren’t dangerous, although officials are recommending residents allow their taps to run for thirty seconds or more before using it, but the situation reminds me that so-called “survival” supplies and preparations aren’t just for kooks who live in hidey-holes out in the woods. Many of those kooks have had a Berkey water filter system in their cabins for years because they know a Berkey Water Filter is one of the most reliable ways to make water safe. Maybe it’s time someone spread the word to big city residents that basic survival precautions are a smart move for them, too, starting with a good water system.
When water safety is an issue, you want to be very sure of three primary considerations.
- What will this filter remove from tainted water?
- How much water will it purify before I need to purchase a new filter?
- Will I get enough pure water for my daily needs?
Berkey systems have been considered a survival must-have for decades because they set the standard in those three areas. Mike Adams of Natural News writes,
With a Berkey water filter, you simply put the water into the top chamber and gravity pulls it through the media filters that capture bacteria, parasites, herbicides, pesticides, solvents, nitrates, nitrites, lead, mercury, chlorine, VOCs, and even fluoride.
New York residents, or anyone with a concern about the safety of their city water supply, can rest assured knowing that their Berkey is hard at work, making their water safe. It should also be noted that the filtering system removes any nasty smells or odors from water.
The more popular faucet filters, for example, only filter a hundred gallons of water (or so) before requiring replacement. Personally, I like to have water filters that can handle several thousand gallons of water at a very low effective cost per gallon.
Yes, a Berkey system is capable of filtering that much water. It’s amazing. Plus, it has the advantage of being gravity-fed, which means that no outside power source is needed. A Berkey, Sun Oven, and Wonderwash together would have you set up for just about every emergency, no matter where you live, and that includes New York City!
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