When you live out in the middle of nowhere, your water situation can be a little yucky. Heck, in town water from the faucet can be pretty yucky. My brother keyed me onto an awesome thing about 5 years ago. A gravity filter.
A Gravity Filter
Gravity filters are such amazing things. With the right filter you can "reduce up to 99.99% of particulates, cysts, parasites and pathogenic bacteria" according to British Berkefeld. The filters I get for my gravity filter are from Aquacera. The CeraMetix filters out all the stuff above AND 98% of VOC's, herbicides + pesticides, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and lead. That is a lot of crud getting taken out of your water.
They come in different price ranges. The one we have costs about $120.00 and is made of BPA free plastic. This is what ours looks like.
They have stainless steel models that look super sharp. Those start at about $160 and go up. Those filters usually include at least 2 filters. You could even make your own! You can take them back packing and filter lake or stream water. When your power goes out, you can take rain water and use that. Even snow! They are such a life saver. I love mine.
The filters them selves last about a year, depending on how bad your water is. The cost to replace the filters is cheap. I usually spend around $80 for 2. All parts of the system is washable. Each filter has different cleaning instructions, so be sure to check that before you buy. I usually try to scrub the container part of my filter every couple of months. You can see in the picture above the discoloration of the upper tank.
The proof is in the pudding, so I wanted to show you what my filters look like after about a years use.
That folks is one dirty filter. I want to mention that I have scrubbed that 2-3 times. Yuck! And now a side by side of a brand spankin' new filter next to my nasty filter.
Whenever we have a good storm come through, the first thing I do is make sure that baby is filled up. That way if our power goes out we are good. I mean seriously, the cost to put in a fancy filtration system and the maintenance is just ouch! Then you can't even use it if the power goes out unless you have a generator, bummer.
Our filter container is lookin' a little "loved" and I think when we finish the kitchen I may look into getting a stainless steel model.