The other day I was at DisasterStuff.com a preparedness store located in Rocklin California and I arrived just as he was making a Bucket Berkey. Now, you are probably wondering what this is? It is an inexpensive water filter made with two five-gallon buckets and the black Berkey filters.
It comes standard with one filter which will purify approximately 3000 gallons of water. The unit is expandable to four filters which will purify approximately 12000 gallons of water. The buckets he uses are food grade, made in the U.S. with a unique screw on lid. The lid screws on and is held tight by a simple ratchet system. I have been using these buckets for my own storage for a while. My wife likes them, she says with her arthritis they are easier to open than the Gamma lids. These are available through DisasterStuff.com.
Anyway, after seeing the Bucket Berkey I had to have one. It is perfect for a project I have in mind. After playing with it, I am quite impressed; it works as well as any of the stainless steel Berkley’s and costs less. At the price, he charges it would be hard to find the parts and build your own. The one thing I found was do not tighten the top lid to tight, leave a little air flow and it will run faster.
A Bucket Berkey with a single filter lists on his website http://www.disasterstuff.com/ for $73.50. Addition filters raise the price just a bit over $50 for each filter you add. If five gallons isn’t big enough for you, he has made them with fourteen gallon and fifty-five gallon barrels.
Good water is probably the single most important thing we need to survive a major crisis. This is a inexpensive way to obtain a good quality unit with a filter that will purify water to 99.99999 percent.
I would not hesitate to recommend the Bucket Berkey.