D.I.Y Home Made Berkey™ Style Water Filter
The Berkey Water Filtration System is arguably the best home filtration system in the world, for producing potable water from a variety of sources. Berkey filters are gravity filters that use cleanable micro-permeable ceramic filter elements. These filters are extremely effective, long-lasting and require no electricity. But the trouble is, they are expensive.
However, you can save around $225 or more by making your own Berkey-like System.
This article will guide you through the construction of a filter system, equivalent in performance to the Imperial Berkey which is a 17L system, that sells for about $400 here in Australia. Total cost of this D.I.Y project will be around $175.
For this Project, you will need the following components:
Drill two 1/2" holes in the
bottom of the upper bucket
Drill a hole (to match the
threaded size of tap - 16.5mm in example
Assemble the lower bucket by installing the tap and the lid with holes.
Install the filter elements in the upper bucket through the holes in the bottom.
Assemble the filter by placing
the upper bucket on the lower. Be
To use the filter, fill the upper bucket with water and wait. If you are starting with dry elements, it will take quite a while before the water starts dripping into the lower bucket. It takes up to several hours for the clean water to drain into the lower bucket. This process can be sped up considerably by frequently topping off the water in the upper bucket. This maintains maximum pressure on the elements.
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