Originally Posted by HozayBuck
Really dumb question...REALLY...
Has anybody tried running salt water thru any of these filters? Sorry but it popped into my head... I guess because Sailaway's handle made me think of being at sea...
There aren't any dumb questions, ever!
Regarding ceramic filters with or without carbon...
Here's a quick snippet from the Berkey Filter website:
Can I filter sea (salt) water through my Berkey system?
No. The concentration of salt in sea water will more than likely ruin the elements fairly quickly.
I have a water softener installed in our house, can I filter that water through my Berkey?
Some people do, but we do not recommend it. It is best if you put water in your Berkey that has not gone through your water softener (the excess salt will likely shorten the life of the elements).
In case of an emergency, can I take water from our pool and filter it with my Berkey system? Will all the chlorine be removed?
Yes. The Berkeys can make chlorinated pool water safe for consumption. However, keep in mind that such a use will cause the elements to wear faster. So, you should only do so in case of emergency.
There are further answers that will lead into a discussion on Reverse Osmosis (which removes a majority of the salt), but I will leave that for the experts.
Short answer is no, but a good question, especially inland since salt water based Chlorination systems in swimming pools are becoming more popular.