Berkey® is a unique patented design that provides for the need of natural water purification in a changed world, while still maintaining the essential minerals provided for us by nature. The Berkey® solution utilises the convenience of position in our busy households and advanced proven technology that is well supported by many independent studies, thousands of online reviews and medical organisation recommendations. We hope also that you will enjoy the Berkey® household name, this quality product packed with many features and benefits has come to be known be for. Berkey® is affordably priced, that translates into long term value that not only looks attractive in your home, but gives the feeling of security for the health conscience minded individual’s, who are mindful of theirs and their family’s well-being. When friends and family visit, it will be a noticeable acknowledgment from them that you are providing Berkey® purified safe water that has established the feeling of trust and visible recognition prior to offering.
Includes a sample size of 99.998% Pure Medical Grade Colloidal Silver Rod to place in the bottom chamber of your Berkey® system, large enough to preserve your purified water for the life of the system, your water will shine continuously, all other systems on the market today do not provide this storage benefit after water contact with the purifier or filter Silver impregnated media is over, go for holidays, come home and still have safe purified water. Read more about the benefits of Silver here.Our lifetime gift to you FREE
For convenience to our customers who are interested in Fluoride Reduction, we have compiled a simplified kit that is a very popular combination for quick checkout by adding 1 set of 2 Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements to the standard Big Berkey 8.5 Ltr System.
Standard Berkey® System includes;
2 x Black Berkey® Purification Elements 1 x Upper and 1 x lower stainless steel chambers 1 x Stainless steel lid 1 x Spigot 1 x Rubber gasket to protect the base 2 x Wingnuts (To fasten Black Berkey® Purification Elements in place) 2 x Washers (To seal Black Berkey® Purification Elements in upper chamber) 1 x Priming button (To prime air from Black Berkey® Purification Elements prior to use) 2 x Blocking plugs (To seal the upper chamber unused ports where extra Black Berkey® Purification Elements fit, expandable up to 4 elements)
Also Includes 1 set of 2 Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements
Important !!! If you have a two filter Berkey® System and you used 15 Litres of water per day. You would multiply 2 (#of filters) by 11,000 Litres = 22,000 (Total Life), then divide 22,000 by 15 (total use) = 1460 days the filters will last, That's four years! The Black Berkey® Purification Elements in your unit will never stop working. The real Value is divide the Price by 4 years = the Cost savings on a High Quality Berkey® Product
The Big Berkey® System comes standard with 2 Black Berkey® Purification Elements, but can be expanded up to 4 elements
The versatile Big Berkey® System is ideal for small to medium families, and for use for home, during travel, outdoor activities, or unexpected emergencies
Constructed of highly polished AISI 304 stainless steel
Bottom reservoir purified water storage capacity of 8.5 ltrs
Upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height
Maximum Filters: 4 Black Berkey® Purification Elements (in upper chamber)
System includes upper and lower stainless steel chambers, 2 Black Berkey® Purification Elements (expandable up to 4), 1 stainless steel lid,1 spigot, rubber gasket to protect the base, 2 wingnuts, 2 washers, 1 priming button, and 2 blocking plugs
Height when in use: 19.25" (488 mm)
Diameter: 8.5" (215 mm)
Weight: 7 lbs empty (3.2 kg)
For normal everyday use, this system easily serves: 1-4 people
Fully configured, this system can serve up to 85-170 people a day, during an emergency
Maximum Filtration Flow Rate:
Configured with two Black Berkey® Purification Elements, the Big Berkey® System can produce up to 3.5 gallons (13.3 liters) per hour
Configured with four Black Berkey® Purification Elements, the Big Berkey® System can produce up to 7.0 gallons (26.5 liters) per hour
Up to 4 Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Filters may be installed in the lower chamber of this system if desired
Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines
The surety and effectiveness of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements to remove micro size particles, viruses, protozoa and bacterium is found in the extensive testing results of many independent laboratories, in their findings is found that Black Berkey® Purification Elements exceed the NSF 53 standard. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements test results proved Log 4 (99.99%) Log 5 (99.999%) Log 6 (99.9999%) and Log 9 (99.9999999%) level of micro purification, the micro pores of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements are reported as small as0.1 micron. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements exceeds the filtration class and are classified as a Purifier. More information is available along with multiple in-depth PDF lab reports below and you can also read more in depth about Black Berkey® Purification Elementsmicron rating here.
In response to recent customers concerns and increased website traffic over a recent article by"The Guardian" and "ABC Catalyst" over the report on micro plastic in our environment, oceans, rivers and also our tap water as some major cities desalinate ocean water into our drinking water (As does in Melbourne direct into Cardinia Dam), along with the obvious environmental leaching. This report found that the micro plastic particles can also carry pathogens and have a reported size of approx 2.5 micron as scientist world wide test results have revealed. To assure the safety and effectiveness of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements to remove these micro particles is found in the extensive testing of many independent laboratories that exceed the NSF 42 & 53 standard. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements test results prove a Log 4 (99.99%) Log 5 (99.999%) Log 6 (99.9999%) and Log 9 (99.9999999%), the micro pores of theBlack Berkey® Purification Elements are reported as small as0.1 micron but also remove as small as by laboratory results prove
The MS-2 virus is 24-26 nm in size
The Fr Coliphage virus is 25nm in size
24 nm (nanometer = .024 micron)
which far exceeds this problem and safety of your drinking water. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements exceeds the filtration class and are classified as a Purifier. More information is available on the product pages Filter Spec Tabs along with multiple in-depth PDF lab reports. You can also read about Black Berkey® Purification Elementsmicron rating here.
"We hope this helps with your due diligence when choosing a water purifier for your home"
Black Berkey® Purification Elements are the leader in gravity-fed water purification, backed by independent testing (In-depth result study links below)
The Black Berkey® Purification Element formulation has been tested by State and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53
Durability: Each Black Berkey® Element is designed to purify approximately 3,000 gallons (11,000 liters ) of water or up to 3 years before needing replacement; 2 elements in a Berkey system will purify approximately 6,000 gallons (22,000 liters ) of water or up to 6 years before replacement is recommended
Re-cleanable and self-sterilizing during the life of the element
Elements come with a 2-year, prorated warranty
Black Berkey® Purification Elementsremove or reduce:
Bad odors and taste, transforms municipal mains water into water that tastes sweet and pure
Chlorine plus Ammonia =Chloraminesto below lab detectable levels
Made from safe, non-leaching Polypropylene #5 that is BPA-free
Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements are designed to be used in conjunction with the Black Berkey® Purification Elements only
Attach to the bottom of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements and sit in the lower chamber of the Berkey unit
Number of Berkey PF-2™ Elements in the bottom chamber must match the number of Black Berkey® Purification Elements in the top chamber; for example, 4 Black Berkey® Purification Elements would require 4 PF-2 Filters
Set of 2 Berkey PF-2™ Elements need replacement after 1000 gallons (3700 litres) of use
The Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elementsare covered under a six month warranty
Also for an in depth read of a study carried out by a scientific panel fromEFSA the European Food Safety Authority regarding the safety in use of the activated alumina treatment for the removal of fluoride, ultimately finding that the use of Activated Alumina will not pose a risk to human health. Please Read Here
PF-2/PF-4 Fluoride Reduction Media Information
(Extract from Proprietary Products Data Information Sheets)
Fluoride Reduction Media Definition: The fluoride removal media is the same mineral that rubies and sapphires (corundum) are made from, in crystalline form. The process ‘selective adsorption’ is a physical/ chemical reaction whereby the fluoride ions are removed by binding to the media’s oxidised surface.
The Berkey® Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media is a new and improved high yield aluminum oxide (corundum) especially formulated for the removal of Fluoride and arsenic from drinking water. This media has an unusually high surface area of more than 350 sq.m./gram of material which allows more efficient removal of the Fluoride and arsenic ions. This high surface area is enhanced by controlled development of the pore size distribution from 30 Angstroms to 100 Angstroms, providing greater accessibility to the surface active sites through bulk diffusion.
Uniform particle size low silica content and high purity, is characteristic of the new and improved Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media which insures effective operation in the reduction of Fluoride. The extremely low silica content significantly reduces the tendency of the silica to form silicone tetra fluoride which reacts with both the media and the pipes leading to clogging and corrosion problems.
The Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media is an EPA approved method for removing Fluoride from drinking water. This product can be used in various filtration products and can also be packed in large columns for high volume applications including drinking water treatment plants and waste treatment plants. The Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media can be used in various applications where defluorination is necessary.
For maximum removal efficiency, maintain the water being treated between a PH level of 5-7. The media can be regenerated for enhanced performance lifetime with many applications. This makes the Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media the most effective and economical defluorination product on the market.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF PROPRIETARY FLUORIDE REDUCTION MEDIA:
Surface Area, sq. m/g. 350
Total Pore volume, cc./g. .55
Aluminum Oxide XRD Phase Chi, Gamma, Amorphous
Crush Strength, lbs (kg) 30 (14)
Abrasion Loss wt% 0.1 Bulk
Density, lbs/cu. ft (kg/cu. m) 47 (750)
TYPICAL CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF PROPRIETARY FLUORIDE REDUCTION MEDIA:
The Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media has been specially prepared to optimize the media for more efficient removal of the Fluoride ion. Testing of the material is important for each application as influent water PH, quality and purify of the water and various metal ion concentrations are all variables which influence the effectiveness of the media. Note that the material is most efficient between a PH of 5 and 7.
Testing for fluoride removal was based on 20-30 ppm of the ion in the influent aqueous solution at a flow rate of no more than 3 gpm per cubic foot (25kg) of media. Results of < 1 ppm of the fluoride ion in the effluent were typical for the media. Under optimum conditions, effluent concentrations of less than 50 ppb of Fluoride ion were found to be readily achieved. Results may vary significantly with each particular application.
1. Calcium & Sodium Fluoride. The Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media will remove any types of inorganic fluoride salts. All fluoride salts are soluble in water. So it does not matter what fluoride salts that are in the water, fluoride is present as an anion where the media will absorb fluoride ions in water.
2. Hydro-Fluorosilicic Acid (HFS). We do not have any test data to show how efficient the Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media will remove hydro-fluosilicic acid. But by adsorption of fluoride anion using alumina, we believe the media will remove hydro-fluosilicic acid better than fluoride. The reason is both compounds are ions with negative charges. The molecular size of hydrofluosilicic acid is much larger than the fluoride ion and hydrofluosilicic acid has two negative charges where as fluoride has only one negative charge. So this negative charge makes hydrofluosislicic acid much easier to adsorb to the media compared to regular fluoride ions.
3. NMCL obtains its Proprietary Fluoride Reduction Media from a third party that manufactures specialized media that targets difficult to remove contaminates, such as Fluoride and Arsenic. The above information provided has been extracted from the supplier’s data sheets and other written communications.