CARING FOR BERKEY

Do's Before you Travel - leaving Berkey behind


going away on a weekend break


an extended weekend and up to 7 days

going on Holiday one week to indefinitely

HOW TO CLEAN A BERKEY SYSTEMS

Clean your Berkey Steel and Blue Clear System using warm water and a small drop of washing liquid with a normal dish cleaning cloth or sponge

3. HOW TO ENSURE YOUR STEEL SYSTEM DOES NOT GET MOLD

Mold is never a good thing to find, especially in your Berkey® System. The good news is, mold can be easily removed and prevented. Mold growth is in the upper chamber of the Berkey® System, where the unpurified water enters the system, though in some cases it can pop up in the lower chamber as well 

Removing mold

Remove the Black Berkey ® Purification elements and scrub them with an abrasive pad or toothbrush. Reprime the elements to flush out any old water. The Black® Purification elements are self-sterilizing, which prevents any bacterial growth inside the filter.

To clean the stainless steel housing, wash both the upper and lower chambers with warm water and a few drops of plain bleach that doesn’t contain any artificial scents or additives. The bleach will effectively remove the mold and kill off any bacteria in the chambers. After these steps are completed, you can reassemble the system and begin purifying your water again.

Preventing mold

There are two common causes of mold growth. The first is that water has been allowed to sit in the system for too long. We recommend changing the water in the system at least every three days. If you plan to leave town for an extended period of time, empty the system and follow the proper storage procedures for the filters.

The second cause of mold is heat. We recommend that you avoid placing the system in direct sunlight, as this can cause the system to heat up, creating the warm and damp situation that encourages mold. This is especially important for systems like the Berkey Light®, which can also cause algae growth when placed in direct sunlight .

THE SPORT BERKEY
HOW TO CARE FOR SPORT BERKEY
STORAGE OF SPORT BERKEY

Care and Use

Fill the Sport Berkey® Portable Water Filter with water, screw on the cap, and tighten securely to eliminate leaks. Flush water through Filter by pulling down lever, so that straw is exposed, and squeeze water through Filter and out of the straw. Repeat this flushing process twice before drinking. This removes excess process dust from the Filter. After two flushes, rinse the bottle and cap. Your Filter bottle is now ready for use. Enjoy!

Maintenance and Storage

The  Sport Berkey® Portable Water Filter has a shelf life of 50 years. When the filter system will not be used for an extended period, remove filter and flush the unit with either a chlorinated solution of 1/4 tsp. per one half gallon of water, or a 50/50 mix of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Rinse. Allow parts to dry thoroughly with cap removed. Re-assemble and seal in an air tight container if possible. Do not allow filter to freeze, do not place in microwave oven and do not run hot water through the filter.

Durability

The  Sport Berkey® Portable Water Bottle has a storage shelf life of 50 years. We recommend replacing the filter after 640 refills of municipal water. Filter may require replacement sooner based upon the quality of influent water.