Unfiltered tap water in Anytown, USA on a bad day.

We now live in a place where we cannot drink the water. When I first tasted the tap water in our Midwestern US apartment, I spat it out. I know you are supposed to be able to drink the water in this country, but this tasted moldy.

Since then, we’ve been filtering all our cooking and drinking water, one gallon at a time, through our Big Berkey. We were fortunate to have the Berkey sitting in a box from storage at the time we realized our water was undrinkable.

After talking with our neighbors, we found out why the water here is so bad. The reservoir is only 20 feet deep and summer temperatures that reach above 100 degrees Fahrenheit create an ideal habitat for bacteria.

On days like today, when the water is amber, I’m thinking we had better filter our bath water as well.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.