Setting Up and Using your New Berkey

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Before you begin using your Berkey. Take note of the 3 day water rule, Water decays over time.

If water is not refreshed within 3 days, it needs to be thrown away. Don't leave your Black Filters sitting, in any level of stale water. If the filters are left in stale water for days it makes them redundant and they need to be disposed. Fill at least once a day, keeping the water level just above the top of the black filters. Follow the same rules for going away if you are not using the system each day.
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Water left in the system will rot and will create a Brown Ring on the Filter. Fresh water is essential.

Storing water long term, can be done with the correct process, this requires certain steps to ensure the right method, types of containers etc. Outdoor stores, farm outlets may be able to help.
Weekends Away - Leaving your System How to Manage Filters

Setting Up your Berkey System

1. Unboxing

Un-Box your filters Carefully - Take care when removing the Black Filters, place filters on a towel to make sure they won't roll off and break.

Give the System and all parts a basic rinse; the drum, lid, spigot tap.

Wash non Filter parts in warm water with a small drop of wash-up liquid.

Do Not Use washing-up Liquid on Black Filters or White PF2 Filters, liquid will clog and destroy your filters.
2. Assembing Berkey
Assembling The Berkey System
3. Prime Your Black Filters - Priming Opens the Pores for Fast Flow
Use the Blue Primer Kit - This is an amazing aid that will fully saturate your Filters like never before. Using the Blue Primer gives a really Fast Flow. If the Blue Primer Sock is not right for your tap, use another tap that has a standard spout.

Use gloves, hold Blue Primer so all the water flows into the Filter rather than squirting out.

Your Filter is fully primed in under 5 minutes. Do likewise with subsequent Filters.

PF2's have a different Priming Method - see Below.
4. Assembling the PF2 Filters and Priming with Blue Kit
Fluoride Filters Assembly
5. Assemble the STEEL Spigot Tap
6. Assemble the BLUE Light Plastic System
7. Where to Put your Berkey -
Find a suitable place for your Berkey - you must be able to reach easy to fill and also easy to extract water, without much bending

Keep away from edges if you have young children. A Berkey System can go on the kitchen counter or on its own customised table, use a stand for height if needed. They are also put in utility rooms.

If you do place a Berkey close to the sink - put an extra barrier such as a silicone or rubber mat between the rubber ring and the counter sink area, protecting the steel from lodging water around the base.

Stands are available for all sizes but take note, they also add height. Make sure to keep your system away from edges, if you have small children.

Fill The System with unfiltered water, to Just Above the Black Filters. Make sure to fill at least once a day.
8. Must Do - Red Dye Test - Makes Sure the Assembly is correct
Doing The Red Dye Test -

Goodalls Red Food Dye is the only suitable dye. Goodalls is available at Dunnes or SValu. It sells for little over a Euro.

NOTE: For Boil Water Notice You Must Have a Red Dye Test Up to Date or Boil your Water Before Putting water through the Berkey
9. What to do if you have a Red Dye Test fail
Check the Black Washer under the Black Filter on the Rod, is properly in place and is pulled snug by the nut underneath, to seal any seepage of water. If it can be tightened, tighten a little more.

Check each of the nuts, ensure they are closing tight enough to ensure it pulls the washer snugly to the drum.

Make sure the nut is not loose or turns too easy on the thread.

Check if both filters are failing or just one.
10. Taking Care of your Black Filters - Long Term - Make sure they last their 22000 Litres Life Span

TAKE NOTE: THE FILTERS AND

NUTS HAVE A TIGHT CONNECTION.

SHOULD YOU TRY TO MOVE THE SYSTEM

OR TRAVEL WITHOUT UNSCREWING, A JOLT WILL

CAUSE THE ROD TO BREAK OR SNAP AND CAN'T BE

REPAIRED. THIS IS DUE TO TIGHT SETTINGS OF THE

BLACK FILTERS.

ALWAYS UNSCREW BEFORE TRAVE.

11. Washing The Black Filters
Take Care to Never Use Washing Up Liquid Use only Tap Water and a regular Scourer - Green flat type in all Super Markets or a Kitchen Wash Up Brush.
12. Solutions for Problems on Flow
If your filters slow down especially in winter central heating to get them started fast again don't take out the filters if they have been primed fully with the Blue Kit. Just keep filling to the Brim until the water dislodges the blockage and moves fast again, it could take a day or two but it will push through.

This is unlikely to happen with a good prime but sometimes central heating can cause, keeping filters submerged at least once a day stops this happening and ensures no areas left half wet in the air.

13. Do not neglect the water in your system - Always follow the 3 Day rule to always use only Fresh Water - Never leave water to sit in the system unused
14. SPORT BERKEY