Side note: From what I understand, Berkey filters do not remove flouride, either. However, their filters are superior at removing contaminants and they have additional filters you can purchase which DO remove flouride and also arsenic. See the video below.
I have already switched our family to flouride-free toothpaste and am looking into switching to a dentist who will not use flouride on my kids (among other things), but more importantly, one who will NOT give me a hard time for choosing this. My current dental office is already giving me a hard time for not wanting unnecessary x-rays. I can only imagine how they'll react when I tell them, "No more flouride." It's time to move on.
Another side note: This is the last thing I will say about flouride right now. It is a personal concern of ours and for many others. Many people are learning that flouride has not been proven to be beneficial, but instead may be a trigger for diseases such as cancer, alzheimers, and bone diseases. You'll need to do your own research on that as this post is intended to be more focused on water filters, but here are just some interesting articles on the topic of flouride.
I'd love to say this is a post on how we BUILT our own Berkey water filter. But it's not. We're still not there, yet. But, in the meantime, I have found several websites and youtube videos on the subject and just wanted to share them with those of you who are interested in such things. I did not think of this money-saving idea on my own. I just happened to stumble across a video and thought, "Duh. Why didn't I think of that?" It never ceases to amaze me what other people invent.
The idea is to purchase the filters from Berkey (or another source) and build your own containers from old "Ozarka" type bottles or 5 gallon buckets, etc. to save a lot of money.
This fellow saved nearly $180 building his own Berkey! His site has a pretty good tutorial on how to do it.
Here's another at Green-Trust.org.
And here's a short, helpful video showing a simple and inexpensive set up. This video does not walk you through the building process, he just tells you how he did it and shows you the finished product.
This is something we WILL be doing in the future. We just have more pressing projects on our plates at the moment.
I would love to hear what you have done for your family concerning filtering water! Do you own a Berkey? Have you built your own? Care to share any advice on the matter?
I will definitely update this post when we build our own system.