People never seem to think that it can happen to them, but for the residents of Okmulgee, Oklahoma the sudden loss of clean safe water became a reality on September 13, 2016. The city manager announced that a break in the 14-inch water pipeline had caused water in the city to stop flowing. Some areas of the city were without any water, while others had low-pressure. But the entire city was under a boil advisory, meaning they must boil their water before they use it. The perfect solution to this problem for individual residents is to have a Royal Berkey water filter available to purify contaminated water.
Use a Royal Berkey Instead of Boiling Water
We live in a modern world. We have expectations that basic services will always be available to our home. But accidents happen, and infrastructure gets old. It makes sense to be prepared for disruption of water, gas, and other basic services. It makes sense to have some bottled water stored. But, in the long-run, you must have another way to treat your water when stored water runs out. A Royal Berkey water filter eliminates the need to boil water when a boil advisory occurs. They also allow you to purify water from almost any source, except seawater, by simply pouring the water in the top chamber and allowing it to drip into the clean water chamber. It is a simple solution to what would otherwise be a life threatening situation.
Institutions Should Prepare to Filter Water
Water Disruption is not limited to residential customers. Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Green Country Technology Center were also affected by this water main break. Although crews began working on the waterline, both campuses were shut down until repairs could be made. Maintaining several water filters on campus would have made it possible for support personnel to have water during the incident. It would also have made it possible for students living on campus to filter water for safety.
Purify Water with Royal Berkey
The Royal Berkey water filter comes standard with two Black Berkey water filter elements. Each of these filters is capable of purifying 3000 gallons of water. That means with a standard Royal Berkey configuration, you can filter up to 6000 gallons of water before you replace the filters. For a family of 4 to 6 people, the Royal Berkey can easily provide emergency water during a boil advisory similar to Okmulgee Oklahoma's water main break.
Royal Berkey water filters stand a little more than 24 inches when fully installed. Because this filter is wider and taller than the smaller Big Berkey, it produces more water pressure on the Black Berkey elements, which increases the flow rate allowing the Royal Berkey to purify up to 8 gallons per hour. Over the course of a day, that means you can produce over 12 more gallons than the Big Berkey. So if space isn't an issue, the Royal Berkey can improve the speed of production.
Royal Berkey Specifications
Gallons Per Hour by number of Elements Installed:
- 2 Elements = Up to 5 GPH
- 4 Elements = Up to 8 GPH
Storage Capacity: 3 Gallons
Space Requirements: 24.5" height clearance.