Big Berkey Water Filters system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.
The Big Berkey® Water Filters system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.
Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.
*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.
Height x Diameter (inches) 19.25” x 8.25”; The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13” in height.
Holding capacity: Aprox. 2.25 Gallons.
Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel.
Easy Setup and Simple Installation.
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system can purify over 3.5 Gallons per hour.
This System includes the New Berkey® Quick-Start Kit:
- Prime Rite™ Universal Adapter (Only for use with faucet)
- Prime Rite™ Fluoride Element Adapter
- Anti-Airlock Clip
- 2 Red Food Dye Vials
Download the Berkey Quick-Start Kit Instructions HERE.
What does Berkey® Remove?
Black Berkey® Elements Remove:
VIRUSES – Removed to >99.999% (Log 5)
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 4):
MS2 Coliphage ; Fr Coliphage.
PATHOGENIC BACTERIA (AND SURROGATES) – Removed to >99.9999%
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 6): Bacillus atrophaeus (Anthrax surrogate); Raoultella terrigena (Pathogenic Bacteria Surrogate); Salmonella Enterica.
TRIHALOMETHANES – Removed to >99.8%
(Below Lab Detectable Limits):
Bromodichloromethane ; Bromoform ; Chloroform ; Dibromochloromethane.
Removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits: Chloramine; Chloride; Chlorine Residual (Total Residual Chlorine); Free Chlorine
HEAVY METALS (HIGH & LOW pH LEVELS)
Aluminum (>99%); Antimony (>99.9%); Barium (>80%); Beryllium (>99.9%); Bismuth (>99.9%); Cadmium (>99.7%); Cobalt (>95%); Chromium (>99.9%); Chromium 6 (>99.85%); Copper (>99.9%); Iron (>99.9%); Lead (>99.9%); Mercury (>99.9%); Molybdenum (>90%); Nickel (>99.9%); Vanadium (>87.5%); Zinc (>99.9%).
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS CONTAMINANTS – Removed to >99.9%
Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan.
|Pesticides & (Semi) Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Removed to Below Laboratory Detectable Limits
1,2-Dichloro-1,1,2-trifluoroethane (CFC 123a)
Aroclor (1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, 1260)
Dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC 12)
Ethylene Dibromide (EDB)
Halo acidic Acids (HAA5)
Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
Trichlorofluoromethane (CFC 11)
and many more*
ALSO REMOVES OR REDUCES:
Arsenic (>99.9%); Escherichia coli (E. Coli) (>99.999%); Fluorene (>99.9%); Manganese (>99.9%); MBAS (>96.67%); Nitrites (>95%); PCB’s (>99.9%); Petroleum Products (Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil- All >99.9%); Selenium (>99.9%); Thallium (>99.5%); Rust; Silt; Sediment; Turbidity; Foul Tastes and Odors.
* For Heavy Metals, Inorganic Minerals, Pesticides, Petroleum, Pharmaceuticals, Semi-VOC’s, THM’s, VOC’s; reduction exceeded lab detection limits.
Michael Blackman –
i have been using the Berky filter since moving to Amsterdam 1.5 years ago where most people are convinced the tap water is adequate, but i remain unconvinced. This filter is the leading edge of low tech, maintenance is once yearly and takes a few minutes with a brush. The water tastes much better than the tap and also better than most bottled waters. Don’t hesitate if you suspect your water quality ..Berky filters are a good value and top quality materials are used in the products.
Thank you for the comment, Michael!
I’ve had my Big Berkey for almost a year. It really is no trouble to keep it filled.
The taste difference is so dramatic!!! And wait until you make coffee – night and day difference.
If I ask for a glass of water in a restaurant, it tastes ‘sweet’ to me. I use a sport Berkey bottle at work and the gym.
I got mine from a Canadian distributor (I’m in Canada). If you are on the fence, you won’t be disappointed.
William Wise –
I have had my Big Berkey for five years and I use it while hunting on the Koyukuk River in Alaska. No need to state how bad an idea it would be to drink strait from the river that is muddy and filled with beaver’s and all other sorts of bad stuff. My hunting partners were worried it would not be clean enough or filter enough to get us through fifteen days hunting. They were astonished to see how clear and great tasting the water is.
Well I won my filter on a prepping website just got it yesterday 8/9/13 looks great still putting it together at this time but we have well water so hoping this will make it taste better.
Gary Bahrenfus –
I bought our Big Berky 6 years ago, because I didn’t like the taste of our city water. We have used it for every drop of water that our entire family has ingested ever since, including drinking, cooking, and even rinsing vegetables. We now live in a more rural area, and have very metalic, iron laden, smelly well water. But simply running it through our Berky renders it as good and clean tasting as the most expensive water you can buy. I hope to never be without a Berky as long as I live.
Greg Malone –
I had purchased the big berkey a year earlier but had not used it. Alabama and my neighborhood had just been through the major tornado in april 2011 that devastated much of our area when I started using it. With much of the primary power lines destroyed there was only the water in the water tower until the pumps had another power source. Thank God it just missed the tower. The water was dirty and suspect so I unpacked and assembled the filter and never stopped using it. It has earned a permanent place on my counter. Save on bottled water and those pitcher filters and rates so much better. Worth the investment!!!
Can anyone tell me about how many gallons can be cleaned before you need to change the purification elements?
2 Black Berkey Elements will purify up to 6000 gallons before they need to be changed.
this is a question more than a comment. Someone mentioned cleaning the filters with a brush. Is this part of the
regular maintainance of the black filters? From what I understand this is how you kept the old Berkey filters up.
We are planning to purchase one in the near future.
When it comes to cleaining Black Berkey Elements, while we recommend priming the filters, we also recommend using a Scotch-rite non-metal scrubber on the outside.
Maggie Calmels –
question, this system has filter, we have to change frequently, I’m looking for answers but not easy to find in the site
Please call us to ask your questions specifically. Thank you
J. Hebert –
Sorry, this is a question. Why can’t you ship them to California?
Thanks for the question, J.
Here’s an explanation about why the manufacturer, New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. doesn’t ship select Berkey Systems to California: Why Berkeys don’t ship to CA.
We do ship the select Berkey Systems referenced on that page, as well as replacement parts. Feel free to call us at 877-886-3653.
Mark (verified owner) –
I have used our Big Burkey for 5 years as our primary filtration system for drinking and cooking water. We live in rural farm area in Florida and have a medium depth well. The natural water has a high sulfur and mineral content. The unfiltered water has a noticeable sulfur taste. After filtering through the Burkey system the taste is gone, completely. Our city visitors comment on the clean, chemical free taste of our “farm” water. I will say that because of the high mineral content that must clean the filters often (about every 2-4 months depending how hot the weather is.
We also gave a system to a missionary family going to Asia. They told us that it was a life saver for them as the water from the city municipality was unpalatable. Even the locals do not drink it. When they left Asia two years later they passed it on to another missionary family.
The Burkey has been one of the best purchases we have every made. Well worth the money. If I had to I would buy another one without hesitation. But I won’t need to because there is nothing to fail on the system.
Thanks for the feedback, Mark! Glad to hear your water’s tasting great!