Introduction: Making a Berky Type Water Filter System That Looks Good in a Kitchen

You have seen plans on the net to use Berky filters with 5 gallon buckets.
This setup works well but is too large for a kitchen counter. I set about
to find containers from local stores that could be combined to make a water
filter that looks good and fits in our kitchen.

Step 1: How It Works

Instead of 5 gallon buckets I chose smaller but nicer containers. They are attached together by the Berky filter. The screw and nut hold the upper container and top of the bottom container together. Water is poured in to the top containerand drains thru the filter to the botton.

Step 2: Drill Holes

Un screw the top to the bottom container and mark the hole location in the top container.
Drill in a safe way.  Trim and make the holes neat . This will lower the chance of leakage.

Step 3: Assemble the Parts

Clean your hands. Put filter washer on first, push filter thru top container, put on top of lower container, put on plastic nut to hold all together.  Screw top on to the bottom.  Photo of the filter below.

Step 4: Making It Stable

I used 2 wood pieces to help secure and  protect the filter from being broken.

Step 5: Fill and Enjoy

I find that the filter will take around 4 hours to produce. Drink in good  health. 

Comments

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KarenG121 (author)2016-06-14

Great idea, but still made of plastic. Plastics, especially PBA's are known to outgas into water, which means you are still drinking toxins which accumulate in your body over time and nullifying the effects of the filter. A couple of stainless steel soup pots from the second hand store will do the same thing without plastic. Here is another instruct-able doing just that and for a very small cost:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Household-Gravity-Water-Filter-in-10-Mins/

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AdamMichaels (author)2013-02-12

Thanks JFRANSWORT. I couldn't use the reply feature for some reason. I currently use a reverse osmosis system for my home water filtration, but need something in case of emergencies, and do not have the water pressure to use the RO system. I am going to make one of these and get some filters, but am going to have to find some that have a long shelf life. Thanks again. Great article.

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JFARNSWORT (author)AdamMichaels2013-02-13

These have long shelf life...
Berkey makes 2 filters ..you might want
to see which is best for you..

http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/berkey-filter-replacements.html

I bought my filters on Amazon 4 for $97.00 free shipping.
search in Amazon:
"(4) 7" British Berkefeld Ceramic Water Filters for Big Berkey"

My containers came from K-mart..
Bottom container larger than top and stable.....

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AdamMichaels (author)2013-02-07

I always thought the Berkey systems were too pricey, but does this system work as well as a Berkey? Not only that, are these water filters that you are using Berkey filters as well, or can they be any filter?

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JFARNSWORT (author)AdamMichaels2013-02-07

It's the same filter as the big Berkey........
the berkeys use 2 or 4 filters and deliver water 2 or 4 times faster.
I takes 4 hours to get 2 gallons if I remember correctly
2 people could use this...mabe not a family.....

Other filters....
I chose to use BB filters because.....
they are about $24.00
they tie my project together (with their plastic threads)
I've used BB filters before with great results.
I've been giving these to family members to use and for emergency...
total cost $32.00

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audreyobscura (author)2013-02-05

What is the benefit to this kind of water filtration?

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JFARNSWORT (author)audreyobscura2013-02-06

Looks good in the kitchen compared to 2 5 gallon buckets.....

The specifications of what the filter removes is here...
http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-answers/performance/filtration-specifications/

It's an impressive list. Got water...get it clean. This filter is used in many first aide and rescue as well as 3rd world areas. The filter lasts a very long time and can be easily cleaned.

This system/filter should be kept in your emergency stuff if you don't use it every day.

Best to you!