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- Purifies to incredible 99.99999% standard
- Largest size will sustain up to 325 people
- Doesn't rely on moving parts or electricity
- Removes contaminents without losing beneficial minerals
- Each element can purify up to 3000 gallons of water
- Ideal solution for virus-contaminated water supplies
Berkey Water Purifier-Filter
The world's most powerful and economical water purification systems, Berkey® purifiers provide incredibly clean, pure water whether the source is a wild stream, stagnant pond, private well, or substandard municipal supply. Available in sizes large enough for the sustained needs of up to 325 people per system, Berkey purifiers rely on no moving parts and use no electricity.
A recent national study found 316 different contaminants in U.S. drinking water. Berkey purifiers remove pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites while extracting chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOCs, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment, foul tastes and odors. They reduce heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, aluminum as well as nitrates and nitrites, without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.
Berkey purifiers use proprietary micro-pore technology to achieve contaminant reduction of 99.99999%. This extreme level of purification, called “7 log” reduction, means that no more than one part per ten million of the original contaminant remains. This standard is a thousand times more stringent than what's required to label a system as a simple “water filter.” Systems achieving 7-log reduction provide ultra-pure water not only in normal conditions, but also in circumstances of extreme and highly dangerous contamination. And unlike many purifiers, Black Berkey elements are cleanable: A Scotchbrite™ pad is all you need to remove exterior buildup and extend element life. Each element can clean up to 3000 gallons of water.
The media within Black Berkey® elements removes contaminants by a surface phenomenon called adsorption, the molecular attraction of substances to the surface of the media. The exclusive purification elements are also impregnated with proprietary media that promote ionic absorption of pollutants within the micro-porous elements. A key reason Berkey systems are so effective in removing contaminants from water is their long contact period. Most systems blast water through their filters at 60-90 PSI, limiting contact with their filter media to only a fraction of a second. Water molecules passing through the revolutionary micro-pore structure of the Black Berkey purification elements are drawn gently by gravity and remain in contact with the trapping media for several minutes. This makes the Black Berkey filter media much more effective at capturing contaminants.
“The Berkey water filter is a quality system, well made. I used a pitcher system before but the water now is amazing! It’s also very attractive sitting on the kitchen counter. Thanks for a quality product and, as always, excellent customer service.”
– Diana Beardsley, TX
Berkey purifiers using the Black Berkey purification elements are proven to reduce pathogenic bacteria (including E. Coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Giardia and Cryptosporidium) by 99.99999%. Berkey systems have been tested with the highest pathogenic contamination levels that can be produced in a laboratory. When contamination levels exceed a billion pathogens per liter of water (10,000 times the density of contamination used in the standard test protocol for bacteriological removal) they're classified as TNTC (too numerous to count.) Under normal testing protocol, one pathogenic organism is tested at a time, each with a fresh purifying element. For this test, however, the laboratory was directed to combine three separate pathogenic TNTC cultures. Tested under this extreme contamination level, absolutely no pathogens were able to make it through the purification elements. The laboratory then incubated the water, and nothing grew. When the purified water was viewed under an electron microscope not even inviable microbes were detectable—nothing was present but pure water. Furthermore, contaminants including trihalomethanes, radon 222, and volatile organic compounds including benzene, 2,4-D, Heptachlor, MTBE, styrene, tetrachloroethylene and toulene, among many others, were reduced to below detectable limits.
Viruses: Far smaller than bacteria, viruses typically range upward in size from about 30 nanometers (nm). Black Berkey purification elements have been proven in independent testing to reduce the MS2 and Fr Coliphage viruses, which are among the smallest viruses at about 25nm, to Log 5 (99.999%). No other gravity fed water filtration system even comes close to this performance.
The striking superiority of Berkey water purifiers can be demonstrated with food coloring. When bacteria are viewed under a powerful microscope, food coloring is often used as a contrast enhancer to make the bacteria easier to see. Food coloring consists of particles so small that even under magnification strong enough to show fine details in a single bacterium, the food coloring still appears only as solid, uniform coloration. Yet Berkey purifiers effectively remove food coloring from water. Berkey systems are the only purifiers in the world that can do this.
Berkey purifiers are available in several configurations. All Berkey Systems using Black Berkey purifying elements meet or exceed the EPA's stringent "7 Log" (99.99999%) contaminant reduction specification. Systems using Black Berkey elements within transparent Copolyester housings are known as Berkey Light Purifiers. Systems using Black Berkey elements within 304-grade stainless steel housings have the same purifying performance, and are known as Berkey Stainless Purifiers.
Note: Berkey purifiers aren't yet available for shipment to Iowa, and some systems cannot be shipped to California. Unlike any other state in the union, Iowa doesn't accept the results of any labs but their own, and their recurring annual lab fees are prohibitively inflated. The State of California, uniquely, says we can ship the stainless Travel Berkey into the state, but not the larger stainless systems. Californians also may order the Berkey Light system, as long as only two elements are installed for shipping! Go figure. Of course, any Berkey system may actually be used anywhere. More details of these regulatory novelties can be seen
Black Berkey® filtration systems are an integral part of the ideal solution for treating virus-contaminated water supplies. The accepted standard for using chlorine to kill waterborne viruses is 2 PPM (2 parts of chlorine per 1 million parts of water.) 2 PPM is achieved by adding 8 drops of straight chlorine (common chlorine bleach) to 1 gallon of water. For "good measure" the recommendation is often made to use up to 16 drops per gallon. But what if you don't want to consume all of that chlorine? Berkey® Purifiers solve this dilemma. Black Berkey® elements remove the chlorine from the treated water after the chlorine has completely killed any viruses present. You're left with only what you want... ultra pure, ultra safe, great tasting water!
“You can’t go wrong with Berkey or Pleasant Hill.” – Jerry C., IL
“You can’t go wrong with Berkey or Pleasant Hill.”
– Jerry C., IL
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Quantity discounts: Buy 2+ systems for 5% discount. Buy 4+ systems for 10% discount. Buy 6+ systems for 15% discount. This offer is good for Berkey systems sold on this page. To place volume orders please call 866-467-6123 (or place your order online outside business hours, and we'll credit-back your discount, the next business day.)
For each Berkey Light, Crown, Imperial, Royal, Big, Travel or Go system from this Web page, you have the option to also order (1) "Berkey Sport Bottle 1/2 Price Special" using the Buy Button below. (Specials mistakenly ordered in excess of one per system will be voided before order processing.) Take advantage of this great offer to save half on this exceptional personal purifier!
Other Berkey systems include the transparent Berkey Light purifier, the small stainless Go Berkey and the Berkey Sport personal bottle. Also available: British Berkefeld systems with white ceramic elements.
Pleasant Hill Grain has been among the largest distributors of Berkey water purification systems for many years. In business for over three decades, we're here to help you with any questions now, and we'll be here later to meet your future needs. Please email or call us if you'd like to discuss Berkey systems. We'd appreciate your business, and we look forward to serving you!
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I love this thing, but I ended up with a puddle because there is no indication that the lower vessel is full and that no further water should be added.Moderator:
With the standard system you can either wait until the lower tank is empty before refilling, or just lift the upper tank to see how much is left in the lower tank. Or, the accessory Berkey Sight Spigot reveals the lower-tank water level at a glance. Another excellent choice is the Berkey Light system, which has tanks that are made entirely of translucent material. Thanks for your review!18 out of 18 people found this review helpful. Did you?
For the past ten years, I have been traveling throughout South America, living the expat lifestyle. It's been wonderful! What is the one thing I would NEVER FORGET to pack in my luggage? My Berkey Water Filter! You never know when your water source may be unreliable and that includes those of you who use the same tap water every day! But wherever my travels took me, I knew I could drink any water that had been purified by my Berkey. And when I left Ecuador in March to return to the US? Yep, I was able to sell my Berkey to another gringo down there for exactly the same price for which I'd paid for it originally. That's how well-known and respected the Berkey brand is, throughout the world! So go ahead and buy with confidence in the product and its value maintaining over time. The folks at Pleasant Hill are my only source for obtaining anything Berkey. They are the best, too!10 out of 10 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I purchased three of the Big Berkies for my family. My son and daughter are absolutely in love with the quality of the water and the convenience of having that water right at their finger tips. My husband and I drink nothing else but Berky water, it's just so convenient for us. Thank you so much for making these available online with super fast shipping.6 out of 6 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I received this as a gift for my birthday last year and I am thankful that I did. I didn't purchase it because we had bad water or anything. However, I do not own a TV and wasn't sure when my area would need to boil water....it seemed to happen frequently. After getting the Berkey I didn't have to wonder about that any longer. Also, we just moved to Germany and my Berkey is something I wanted to take with me to arrive early. Here in Germany, I haven't met one person who drinks their tap water, everyone buys water....except my family: -)....we gladly drink our wonderful tasting Berkey-filtered water. As far as how it works. I am very satisfied. I purchased the stand so that we can put our cups on the counter to fill up under the spigot. I'm glad I did. We bought the Royal Berkey and we have 9 kids. We could have purchased a bigger one, but I didn't want it to be too big, seeing as it would be setting on my counter. We do have to fill it a few times a day, but that doesn't bother me. I love my Berkey and recommend getting the stand to go with it.5 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I became concerned about the chlorine in our city water, so began my mission to find a way to filter our water without a whole house system which could be costly. We're happy we found the Berkey water purifier and recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their drinking water.4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I've been looking to buy a Berkey Water Filter for years, and it has not let me down. I enjoy not smelling my water! I have to mention Pleasant Hill Grain's customer service, they were awesome when I called on a Saturday morning with a couple issues I had, they were great! I wouldn't ever hesitate ordering from Pleasant Hill again, and will... need more filters for my Berkey : )4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
The Crown BERKEY water filter I ordered from Pleasant Hill Grain is wonderful. the water is very pure and great tasting and it's very easy to use. Just turn the spigot. The Pleasant Hill Grain people I spoke to on the phone were very kind and professional. I would recommend this to everyone.4 out of 4 people found this review helpful. Did you?
I love the Berkey water filter and think every household should have one! I have experienced one issue that I want to resolve, and that is a fine film or residue that I see floating on the top of the filtered water whenever I leave it sitting unused for a 3-day period. I have actually left it unused for 3 days on purpose to see if the film would be there, and it was. I am waiting to use my Berkey again until this is resolved, but I love having it and hope to use it again soon!3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
We love our Big Berkey. It does a great job, filters quickly, and is well made. Just a few things I wish were different. I wish we had bought a bigger size. It's just two of us, and we end up filling it up at least 2x per day. I also wish that the upper compartment had a small lip around the base that extended below the filter threads so that you could set it off to the side while it was upright. The only other issues are with emptying it. The upper compartment doesn't drain all the way down. I imagine it's to keep sediment from clogging the filters and to allow that to settle out for cleaning, and the bottom compartment had to be tilted to drain the water out of it. A simple 90 degree elbow for a side pickup would help with that. The lack of complete drainage and pickup, combined with the inability to set the upper compartment to the side while standing upright, seems trivial at first, but when you are filling it multiple times per day, it becomes an inconvenience especially if you don't drain the bottom before you fill the top.Moderator:
Actually it's fine to set the mostly-empty upper compartment on your counter for a few minutes, resting the nipples for the purifier elements on the countertop. The unit will be tipped at an angle, but stable, and the plastic nipples won't be damaged. About the size: as your experience attests, many shoppers would be well-advised to "think big"! Thanks for your review Dan, we appreciate it!3 out of 3 people found this review helpful. Did you?
The Berkey is everything we had hoped for - filters well- easy to use and clean. The service at PHG is excellent as well. Have recommended them to several friends. We are well satisfied with all.2 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you?
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|Brand||Berkey H2O Purifiers|
|Housing Material||Stainless steel|
|Warranty Length||2 year prorated warranty calculated in 6 month intervals|
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Please note: Berkey water purifier systems are not yet available for shipment to Iowa (though they certainly may be used in Iowa.) Some systems can be shipped to California, while others cannot. There are no restrictions on actual use of any Berkey system in any state.
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