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Berkey® Water Purifier

Is it normal for my Berkey system to not drain all the way?

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The short answer to this question is yes. It is completely normal, in fact, your Berkey® system is not designed to fully drain from the top chamber once it reaches the bottom plastic base of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements. It really is all about “head pressure.” Think of it this way: When the top […]

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How long can I store Berkey water in my refrigerator?

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People frequently ask these two questions about Berkey® water purifiers: How long can water stay in my Berkey system before I need to replace it? How long can Berkey water be stored and what is the best method? To best answer these questions, the manufacturer of Berkey systems and filters has provided the following responses: […]

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What are the various Berkey® Blocking Plugs made of?

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Official Berkey® blocking plugs come in three different varieties. The materials vary, however, they are all made of food safe materials. Here they are: Black Blocking Plugs come standard in all Berkey Light® systems and some stainless steel systems. The black plugs are made of FDA approved Buna rubber. Off-White Blocking Plugs may come with […]

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Does Hydrogen Peroxide Damage the Black Berkey® Purification Elements?

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One of our #berkeybuddies recently asked us if using hydrogen peroxide will damage or harm the Black Berkey Purification Elements? As authorized Berkey® dealers for over fifteen years now, this is a popular question amongst owners of Berkey systems. Here’s what the manufacturer of all Berkey® products had to say: Hydrogen peroxide is versatile compound […]

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How do Black Berkey® Elements work?

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Have you ever wondered about the technology that makes the Black Berkey® Elements the most trusted name in gravity filtration? The Black Berkey® Elements are manufactured by New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. and they have provided the following information to help you in understanding the power of Berkey® filters. Water filtration is a complex science and […]

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How to Calculate Your Shower Water Usage

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The Original Berkey® Shower Water Filter easily attaches to most existing shower heads and is rated to last for 25,000 gallons of water or one year, whichever comes first. The Newest Berkey® Inline Shower Filter with Berkey® Easy-Replace Cartridge is rated to last for 30,000 gallons of water or one year, whichever comes first. So, […]

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Is the Activated Alumina Media used in the Berkey PF-2™ Elements the same thing as Aluminum?

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While many people want to remove fluoride and heavy metals from their drinking water and use the Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride & Arsenic Elements along with their Black Berkey Elements, they are concerned about aluminum being added to their water and the potential side effects. We’ve included this information from New Millennium Concepts, Ltd., the manufacturer […]

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The Truth about Berkey® Water & TDS Meters

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One of the most common questions we have been asked in the last 15 years has to do with “Why does my Berkey water have a high TDS reading? Doesn’t that mean that the filters aren’t working?” That’s a great question, so let’s talk about it! First, just what is a TDS meter and what […]

Berkey® Accessories

NEW: 16 oz. Berkey® Stainless Steel Tumblers, 4-Pack!

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As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary of selling Berkey® water purification systems & accessories (check out our IG @usaberkeyfilters!), we’re ECSTATIC to share with you the newest accessory in the lineup of spectacular stainless steel Berkey® products…{drum roll}… Made of the same 304-grade stainless steel in the complete line of stainless steel Berkey® sysems, these […]

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#berkeyhack to Air-Lock in Stainless Steel Systems

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This article addresses an issue called “air-lock” that can happen in some Travel, Big, Royal, Imperial, or Crown Berkey® water purification systems: What is air-lock in my Berkey®? Why does air-lock happen? How do I fix air-lock in my Berkey® system? Scenario: You know there’s plenty of water in the lower chamber of your stainless […]

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Beware of Berkey® Knock-Off Products & Brands

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As the demand for Berkey® water purification systems and filters has skyrocketed worldwide, causing backorders and extended shipping delays, we’ve also seen a resurgence of knock-off products of Berkey® filters, stainless steel, and accessories. Though it might seem appealing to save a few bucks, your health and safety isn’t worth taking the chance, especially when […]

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Black Berkey® Purification Elements Test Results

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From time to time, people ask us for the test results of the contaminants which the Black Berkey® Purification Elements remove and/or reduce from freshwater sources. We’ve attached them below! Find a list of the contaminants HERE. Black Berkey® Purification Element Test Results: Cryptosporidium & Giardia Black Berkey® Purification Element Test Results: Virus & Bacteria Black Berkey® […]

Herbal & Home Remedies

Fresh Ginger Root Tea with Berkey® Water

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Coughs & sore throats are never fun, which is why we found an easy Ginger Root Tea recipe for you using water from your Berkey® system. This tea took 20 minutes to complete from prep to serve and it worked fantastically! Ingredients • 4 cups of Berkey® Water • 1 large Lime or Lemon • […]

DIY

MacGyver-style Hack for Filling a Crown Berkey® System

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Short of tapping the water line coming into our kitchen sink, I’ve been using a simple solution that replaces having to hold my faucet hose up for several minutes as I fill our Crown Berkey® System. I stand 6’3″ which means that even with our Crown Berkey® sitting atop its stainless steel Berkey® Base on our […]

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Black Berkey® Elements #berkeytip

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Here’s a quick #berkeytip for using your Black Berkey® Elements and securing the wingnut that can sometime “pop” or strip if over tightened. Grab some PTFE tape (polytetrafluoroethylene film tape) AKA Teflon Tape or “thread seal tape” & simply wrap the threaded stem where the wingnut secures the Element into place. This will add some […]

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3 Ways Berkey® Changed My Life

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When I was first introduced to the Berkey® products, sometime before our son Joshua was born in 2005, I was a skeptic. How and why would someone pay around $200 (at that time) for some obnoxious-looking big blue plastic water filter system that would take up our limited counter space in our 1,100 square foot […]

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Facts about the Manufacturing & Selling of Authentic Berkey® Products

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The explosion of consumer awareness of the Berkey® brand has recently seen a resurgence of what we call “masquerading”, where a handful of authorized Berkey® Dealers use unethical marketing techniques and ambiguous tactics to disingenuously lead consumers to believe that they are the source, manufacturer, or creators of the Berkey® filters, products, systems, or even […]

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How to Assemble the Berkey® Water View Spigot

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The Berkey Water Level View Spigot (AKA Berkey Sight Glass™ Spigot) is a helpful accessory to have for all of the stainless steel systems from the smallest size Travel Berkey to the largest size Crown Berkey. This accessory displays the water level in the bottom chamber of the stainless steel systems without having to lift […]

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How to Clean & Prime Your Black Berkey Elements

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Cleaning & priming your Black Berkey Elements are the key to enjoying delicious & purified Berkey water with your system. Following the steps below will ensure that you properly clean & prime your Black Berkey Elements.   How to Prime Your Black Berkey Elements AFTER Scrub-cleaning Them Priming the Black Berkey Elements is the most […]

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Hack for Water Level View Spigots: Travel, Big, Royal, Imperial, Crown Berkey®

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Many folks found our previous article Big Berkey® Water Level View Spigot Hack helpful with their Big Berkey®, but what about the measurements in the Water Level View Spigots for use with the Travel Berkey® (7.5″), Big Berkey® (7.5″), Royal Berkey® (10″), Imperial Berkey® (13″), and Crown Berkey® (13″)? Well, we did a follow-up and […]

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Big Berkey® Water Level View Spigot Hack

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Have you ever got stuck trying to figure out how much water to add to your Big Berkey® when using the 7.5″ water level view spigot (sight glass spigot)?* Well, we’ve found an easy fix to help! Simply place a small black or colored rubber-band (professional braiding rubber bands) at the following heights of your […]