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What Materials are used in the different Berkey Spigots?

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Sometimes our customers and prospective customers ask about the materials used in the manufacturing of the Berkey® spigots and their related components. There are four different official Berkey spigots available for purchase from authorized dealers like USA Berkey Filters. The spigots are: The standard black plastic spigot used in all Berkey Stainless Steel Systems, except […]

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Will Black Berkey® Elements Remove Chlorine From Pool Water?

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The following article was provided courtesy of New Millennium Concepts, Ltd., the manufacturer of Berkey® Water Systems and products. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the following are listed as sources not recommended for drinking water: Radiators, hot water boilers (home heating systems) Water from the toilet bowl or flush tank Waterbeds Swimming […]

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2 People Who NEED a Berkey (Satire)

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The original title of this article was “2 People Who Should NOT Buy a Berkey” but it was shot down in our writer’s meeting. Instead, we were instructed to write this article with a more inclusive title and tone. So, here it is. (It was supposed to be submitted for approval prior to publishing…so I’ve […]

Disaster Education & Preparation

A Rescue That Could Have Been Avoided

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Four years ago last month, I witnessed a swift water rescue team rescue an elderly man who was stranded in a Target parking lot during Hurricane Harvey. During the first break in that never-ending storm, I hopped into my truck to survey the damage, first around my immediate neighborhood and then down the major roads. […]

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Which Berkey Model is Right for My Family?

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When shopping for a Berkey® system, deciding which size to purchase can be a bit of a challenge for some people. When talking with customers and helping them to determine which size might best suit their needs, we often ask questions such as… How many people will be using the Berkey system for their daily […]

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5 Reasons Why 5th Wheelers Choose Berkey Water Systems

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For the last few years, we have experienced a growing flood of Berkey® purchases from individuals and families who have decided to live anywhere wheels can roll! From re-purposed school buses to custom trailer builds, and from van modifications to beautiful RVs, people have just decided to bring their Berkeys along with them…and we love […]

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Black Berkey® Purification Elements: The Final Barrier against PFOA and Other PFCs in Drinking Water

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The following article was provided courtesy of Berkey® Water Systems, the manufacturer of Berkey purifiers and products. The EPA recently reported that drinking water supplies to more than 5.2 million Americans are contaminated with a group of toxic chemicals known as Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs); at levels higher than what the EPA deems to be safe […]

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Do Black Berkey Elements Remove Estrogen from Water?

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The following information on the potential removal of estrogen by the Black Berkey® Purification Elements was provided by the manufacturer of the Berkey® products, New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. @ berkeywater.com: What are estrogenic compounds? “Estrogenic compounds are part of a larger category of chemicals known as endocrine-disruptors (EDCs), chemicals that can alter the hormonal and […]

Disaster Education & Preparation

Preparing for a Hurricane

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Given that the North Atlantic hurricane season started earlier this month, it’s no wonder sales of emergency supplies have sharpened, from generators to Berkey® water systems*, and first-aid supplies to fuel storage containers. Among the four natural weather hazards that Americans should prepare for this summer, the National Weather Service emphasizes hurricanes as a major […]

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Berkey Water Filter System Maintenance & Cleaning

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To maximize the lifespan and performance of your Berkey water filter system, regular cleaning and maintenance is critical. In addition to maintenance of the Black Berkey Elements and the optional add-on PF-2 Fluoride Filters, regular washing of the stainless steel chambers and lid (or the Berkey Light plastic upper & lower chambers and fabric lid), […]

Water Storage

Practical Water Storage: 55 Gallon HDPE Plastic Drum vs. Aquatank II

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For several reasons, 55 gallon drums may not always be your most practical solution for emergency water storage. For starters, purchasing new & unused HDPE (high-density polyethylene) drums is expensive. This is due in large part to the high cost of bulk/motor freight shipping. Most of the time, the cost of shipping drums is equal […]

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How to Clean the Sport Berkey® Portable Water Filter

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The Sport Berkey® Portable Water Filter bottle is convenient and provides on-demand water filtration for your commute, as part of an emergency kit, during recreational activities, or for everyday hydration! The Sport Berkey® has a shelf life of 50 years. When not in use for an extended period of time, use the following steps to […]

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Technical Information on the Original Berkey Shower Filter

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We recently received some technical questions about the original Berkey Shower Filter and so we thought we’d share this information with you. The following was provided by the manufacturer of the Berkey products New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. @ berkeywater.com: TECHNICAL INFORMATION In the shower environment, chlorine can either be in liquid or gas state. At higher […]

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4 Principles of Preparation from the Texas Freeze

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The week-long freeze from just over one month ago here in Houston was a wake-up call for millions. But, the wake-up call wasn’t limited to those living in Houston, it affected millions of Texans throughout the state! My family experienced only minor inconveniences such as a few hours without electricity over three days. Many of […]

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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 Berkey® Blocking Plugs made of?

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Historically, official Berkey® blocking plugs have come in three different varieties. The materials vary, however, they have all been made of food safe materials. Effective this year (2021), all Berkey stainless steel systems and the Berkey Light system will come with the off-white plugs below. Here they are: (To be discontinued in 2021) Black Blocking […]

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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 […]