The Big Berkey is the most popular and versatile model. It is ideal for home use and large families from 4 to 16 people or during emergencies.
All of the water filter systems are designed to provide purified drinking water for a certain amount of people. The Big Berkey water filter, in particular, was designed to fit the needs of the average size family.
The Big Berkey is suited to produce enough water for between four and sixteen people. Large enough to provide ample water and still compact enough to fit in areas that bigger units would not. Ideally suited for home use and families or small groups. This adaptable filter comes complete including instructions and everything you need to start purifying your drinking water within minutes of assembly.
Berkey founder Jim Sheppard had a vision of a water filter that could take water from virtually any outside source and produce purified drinking water. That vision all started with the Big Berkey water filter system. In Berkey's early years there were other water filters that could perform this feat, but they were small, had a very limited capacity and were mainly designed for backpackers. These units relied on hand pumping of the water from its source and were not practical for larger groups of people over an extended period of time.
Jim's vision was to produce a filter that would meet these demanding needs with filters powerful enough to last years without needing to be replaced and big enough to produce drinking water for a larger group.
The first Black Berkey purification elements used in all of the filtration systems were based on the idea of micro-filtration. This technology had long been used and the core principle was to produce a filter with a pore structure that was so small, that disease-causing organism could not pass through and would become trapped on the very outermost surface of the filtering medium. This was a simple idea that left very little to go wrong.
150 years ago this water filtering process was an effective way of producing drinking water. As society advanced so did the complexity of the waterborne contaminants that polluted our lakes, streams, and wells. We needed something more powerful, something that could remove not only bacteria but new threats like viruses, heavy metals, and chemicals. What Jim came up with was nothing short of a revolution.
Using modern methods and advanced technology he produced a filter that had properties never before seen. Today all Berkey systems use the same Black Berkey purification element. This is the same filter that was at the heart of the original system introduced and available in only one model choice; The Big Berkey water filter. This amazing system reduces bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and trihalomethanes to purification standards and lasts thousands of gallons. Compare the abilities of our purification element to any produced by any water filter manufacturer in the entire world and you will see why Berkey is considered the world standard in portable water purification.
This powerful water filter 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 versatile Big Berkey Water Filter removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, and parasites and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors 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 water filter 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 the top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.
The powerful Black Berkey™ purification elements also remove or reduce viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, heavy metals, foul tastes, and odors, yet they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.
*NOTE: Unfortunately this product is not yet available in Iowa or California*
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We love our Berkey water filters so much that we've bought one for each extended family household - and everyone who receives them from us loves them too. It's wonderful to have a non-electric gravity-fed filter to purify our water ongoing. We're lifetime Berkey fans. Great service from Extreme Wellness Supply too!