I don’t mind admitting I think about being prepared for emergencies. Living in the country where the grid goes down more than we’d like, having our Berkey water filter gives us peace of mind.
One thing I wish is that everyone would have clean drinking water available in the eventuality of no power. There is a lot of peace of mind knowing you can run rain or stream water through your filter and still have pure, uncontaminated water to drink if the electrical grid is down for a length of time.
We searched and read lots of material over the years to find the best all-round performance available.
Berkey Water Filtration
This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities, and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure, or treated water may not be available.
The Berkey® system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.
Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances.
The Royal Berkey system has a storage capacity of about 3.25 gallons (12.3 liters) and when in use it stands 23″ in height with a diameter of 9.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 15.25″ in height.
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system will purify up to 4 gallons (15.1 liters) per hour. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements to produce twice as much per hour.
We do keep extra filters on hand because having the ability to have clean water is your #1 emergency need. The 2 filters will generally need replacing every 12 to 24 months depending on volume. The Black Berkey filters are re-cleanable with a Scotch Brite pad, and so can be used over and over until flow slows markedly. Minerals are not stripped out of the water, but the pollutants are.
I keep our Berkey right beside the kitchen sink (with the spigot over the sink to catch drips) for easy access to the faucet when filling.
Note: Because you can not see the water level in the lower tank, Berkey started making a sight-tube available to prevent accidental overfilling. We love it…no guessing how much water to add!
Tested and Accredited
The Berkey™ Filter element has been tested by accredited laboratories to exceed EPA & ANSI/NSF (Std. 53) protocol; Tested by the University of Phoenix Spectrum Labs, the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science Louisiana University. Accreditation and/or certification by ISO 9002 Quality Standard, National Sanitation Foundation standards 42 and 53, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Quality Association, Department of Health (Toronto, Canada), Spectrum Labs (Minneapolis, USA), Water Research Council (UK), British 5750 Quality Standard, England’s Water Research council (WRc) Performance Standards, California Department of Health.
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