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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 7.5″ Tru-View Sight Glass† or 7.5″ Berkey® Water Level View Spigot.

  1. Know how much water is in your Big Berkey®.
    • Here’s how much water is in your Big Berkey® when the water level is at the following heights in your sight glass spigot:
    • 2″ for 1 gallon full
    • 4  1/4″ for 1.5 gallons full
    • 6  3/8″ for 2 gallons full
  2. Add the following amount of water to the top chamber of your Big Berkey® (make sure the top chamber is empty to avoid over-filling):
    • If the water in the bottom chamber is at 2″, add 1 gallon (128 ounces)
    • If the water in the bottom chamber is at 4  1/4″, add 1/2 gallon (64 ounces)
    • If the water in the bottom chamber is at 6  3/8″ or higher, do not add any water to the top chamber.

Here’s a pic below to show what we did:

Measure out 1 gallon (128 ounces) + 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of clean water in two separate containers.

 

Add the 1 gallon (128 ounces) of measured water to the Big Berkey.

 

Place rubber band at 2″ height of sight glass housing to indicate 1 gallon (128 ounces) of water.

 

Add 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of measured water to Big Berkey.

 

Place rubber band at 4 1/4″ height of sight glass to mark 1.5 gallons (192 ounces).

 

Add 1/2 gallon (64 ounces) of measured water to Big Berkey.

 

Place rubber band at 6 3/8″ height of sight glass to indicate 2 gallons (256 ounces).

 

Tru-View Spigot™ with rubber bands placed at recommended heights.

Other suggestions include marking the indicated heights with permanent markers or tape because the rubber bands will move or may instantaneously fail (hey, it’s possible!).

Do you have a Berkey hack? Feel free to share it! Email us at media@usaberkeyfilters.com.

*this hack calculates water in the bottom chamber of the Big Berkey® without using any of the PF2 Fluoride/Arsenic Reduction Elements (used only with Black Berkey Elements) or the PF4 Fluoride/Arsenic Reduction Elements (used only with Super Sterasyl or Berkey Earth Filters) in the bottom chamber.

The link to the Tru-View Spigot™ takes you to our Amazon listing of the 7.5″, 10″, and 13″ Tru-View Water Level View Spigots as well as our newest Tru-Steel™ Stainless Steel Spigot (which does not have the sight glass feature).