What Size Fits You and Your Needs?
Trying to decide which Berkey Water Filter is best for you and your family? Watch this video for a quick overview of each Berkey system and some great tips for helping you choose! Some folks wonder if a Berkey water filter is right for them and their family. The truth is that there's a Berkey filter that's perfect for any person or family size.
Berkey water filters are a favorite among homesteaders and for good reason. The long lasting filters and great tasting water are only a couple of reasons why so many love their Berkey.
You've already probably heard that the Black Filter Elements from Berkey are more powerful than any other gravity filter element currently available. These Black Berkey Filter Elements have a unique purification capability that is due to their unique structure. The micropores within the Black Berkey®Elements are so small that viruses and pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them.
Although a lot of other water filters on the market may claim to be a water purifier, it does not mean that they were able to meet the performance specifications required for this classification. In order to be classified as a water purifier, a water treatment device must remove at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and reduce viruses by 99.99%. The Black Berkey®Purification Elements can be classified as water purifiers because they remove 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses, which greatly exceeds the standard. The Black Berkey®Purification Element formulation has been tested by State and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53.
THE BLACK BERKEY® PURIFICATION ELEMENTS HAVE BEEN TESTED AND CONFIRMED TO REMOVE OR GREATLY REDUCE THE CONTAMINANTS BELOW:
VIRUSES – Removed to >99.999% (Log 5)
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 4):
MS2 Coliphage ; Fr Coliphage.
PATHOGENIC BACTERIA (AND SURROGATES) – Removed to >99.9999%
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 6): Bacillus atrophaeus (Anthrax surrogate); Raoultella terrigena (Pathogenic Bacteria Surrogate); Salmonella Enterica.
TRIHALOMETHANES – Removed to >99.8%
(Below Lab Detectable Limits):
Bromodichloromethane ; Bromoform ; Chloroform ; Dibromochloromethane.
Removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits: Chloramine; Chloride; Chlorine Residual (Total Residual Chlorine); Free Chlorine
HEAVY METALS (HIGH & LOW pH LEVELS)
Aluminum (>99%); Antimony (>99.9%); Barium (>80%); Beryllium (>99.9%); Bismuth (>99.9%); Cadmium (>99.7%); Cobalt (>95%); Chromium (>99.9%); Chromium 6 (>99.85%); Copper (>99.9%); Iron (>99.9%); Lead (>99.9%); Mercury (>99.9%); Molybdenum (>90%); Nickel (>99.9%); Vanadium (>87.5%); Zinc (>99.9%).
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS CONTAMINANTS – Removed to >99.9%
Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan.
The Berkey Priming Button is a thick tan washer that is included with all systems and filters. It funnels water into the filter media flushing out air and manufacturing dust, priming the filter when used with either of the Berkey Filters.
This process allows for Berkey Black Filters to be primed overnight in a container, such as the bottom chamber when you don't have access to water pressure or have problems priming with water pressure, this is also known as the soak method.
Cleaning the water filter is needed when the flow rate decreases and the output slows to the point that it is no longer meeting your needs. This point depends on the amount of contaminants you are removing. For household use we suggest cleaning every six months, and for field use weekly, possibly daily in the harshest conditions. As part of a regular maintenance routine, our black filter elements can be cleaned up to 100 times before the need to purchase a replacement.
1. Place an element washer onto the stem of a primed Black Berkey Element.
2. Insert the stem of the Black Berkey Element into a hole within the upper chamber.
3. Thread the element wing nut onto the stem of the Black Berkey Element below the upper chamber and tighten securely by hand.
4. Repeat previous steps until all Black Berkey Elements have been installed.
1. Remove upper chamber from filtration system and place it upside down on a counter so that the stems of the Black Berkey purification elements are facing upward.
2. With the water flow-arrow pointing away from the upper chamber screw the Fluoride Filters onto the stems of each Black Berkey element eight full revolutions.
3. Do not screw on more than eight revolutions as this may damage the internal media screen. Replace the upper chamber onto the lower chamber (the Fluoride Filters should now be hanging inside the lower chamber).