How to Clean the Black Berkey Filter

The use of clean water filters is vital to a healthy lifestyle. One of the reasons Black Berkey filters last so long is their ability to maintain their integrity during a thorough cleaning. The unique composition of the Black Berkey purification element creates a pore structure so small that minute particulates become trapped on the very outermost surface of the filter. Over time, like all filters, this will cause the flow rate to decrease. At this time, people will find themselves having to shop online for replacement water filter systems. As part of a regular maintenance routine, our black filter elements can be cleaned up to 100 times before the need to purchase a replacement. The Black Berkey filters fit in all of our water filter systems, including the  Big Berkey, Travel Berkey, and Royal Berkey.

 

This cleaning ability is what sets the Black Berkey purification elements apart from our competition. Cleaning the water filter is needed when the flow rate decreases and the output slows to the point that it is no longer meeting your needs. This point depends on the amount of contaminants you are removing. For household use we suggest cleaning every six months, and for field use weekly, possibly daily in the harshest conditions.

Precaution: When cleaning Berkey water filter systems, it is important to keep some things in mind. While this system can effectively purify untreated pond or river water, always use the cleanest, clearest source possible when cleaning the Berkey filter elements.Do not allow contaminated water to enter the core of the Berkey filtering element. This can be prevented by placing your finger over the hole where the water exits the filter.

Cleaning Instructions for Household Use

  1. Empty all of the water from your Berkey system.
  2. Remove the top container and set it on its top on a solid surface like a table or countertop.
  3. Remove the fluoride filters if installed. Then remove Black Berkey element by unscrewing the wing nut that secures the Black Berkey element to the container.
  4. Hold the filter under the running faucet, with the exit hole pointed up.
  5. Using a new 3M Scotch Brite pad, carefully scrub the black surface of the filter element for several minutes. DO NOT use soap or detergents on filters
  6. Set the elements aside and wash your hands.
  7. Reinstall the filters in the system.
  8. Printable Instructions PDF

Cleaning Instructions for Field Use

  1. Read precaution below.
  2. All water used to clean the filters and the unit must be free of harmful contaminants prior to proceeding.
  3. In a clean bucket, basin, or other similar containers, add clean water. If you are forced to clean your Berkey system elements with compromised water, we recommend adding 16 drops of household bleach or iodine for every gallon of water being used to clean the elements.
  4. Empty all of the water from your Berkey system.
  5. Remove the top container and set it on its top on a clean solid surface like a table or countertop.
  6. Remove the filters by unscrewing the wing nut that secures the Black Berkey element to the container.
  7. Using a new 3M Scotch Brite pad, carefully scrub the outer black surface of the filtering element, rinsing it as needed in the clean water. DO NOT use soap or detergents on filters
  8. Clean all filters as described above and set them aside on a clean surface.
  9. Empty the container and add more fresh, clean, bleach-treated water as described in precaution above.
  10. Submerge the filters in the fresh, clean, bleach-treated water, and set them aside on a clean surface.
  11. Wash your hands with soap.
  12. Reinstall the filters in the system.