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Can I use the Berkey® system with softened water?

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The Black Berkey® Elements remove heavy metals. They are not designed to remove mineral salts. Water softeners use an additive process to add mineral salts to the source water. Black Berkey Elements do not extract these salts from the water. For Berkey owners with water softeners, we recommend bypassing your water softener to get your […]

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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 […]

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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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Berkey® Water Purifier

What is Air-Lock in Berkey® Stainless Steel Systems?

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The New Berkey Filter Starter Kit features an Anti-Airlock Clip which prevents airlock and holds the Berkey lid during refills. 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 […]

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Berkey® Water Purifier

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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Berkey® Water Purifier

Black Berkey® Filtration 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® Filtration Elements remove and/or reduce from freshwater sources. We’ve attached them below! Find a list of the contaminants HERE. Black Berkey® Filtration Element Test Results: Heavy Metals, Pharmacueticals, Coliform, E. Coli, VOCs, Chloramines, Petroleum, etc. Black Berkey® Filtration […]

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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 • […]

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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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Berkey® Water Purifier

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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Berkey® Water Purifier

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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Berkey® Water Purifier

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 […]

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Disaster Education & Preparation

How Prepared Are You to Be Without Water?

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Today, I recorded an Instagram Live episode where I shared my experience of preparing for “the Big One” while I lived in southern California. Instagram cut the video off at just under the hour mark. Right after the episode cut, I received a text from one of my teammates from the company… I chuckled because […]

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Berkey® Water Purifier

100% Glyphosate Removal with Big Berkey®

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Last month, Mike Adams, the director of Consumer Wellness Center Labs (CWCLabs.com), released independent lab testing of water containing glyphosate and the effectiveness of its removal from water by  several leading water filter brands. The testing included sport water bottles, pitchers, and gravity-fed systems. Among three systems that achieved 100% glyphosate removal was the Big […]