The white ceramic filters in the original British Berekfeld water filter date back to as early as 1827 when a British pottery and china maker by the name of John Doulton developed water filters out of ceramics and diatomaceous earth (DE). The filters were so good that Queen Victoria actually had them installed in the royal kitchen! Not to be outdone by his father, Henry Doulton, improved the filters by adding a carbon core. Henry's filters were given the "Royal" designation by King Edward the VII and Henry became a knight! All of this history is found inside the British Berkefeld water filter.
Ceramic and Diatomaceous Earth FilterThe core technology in each British Berkefeld is a filter made of diatomaceous earth and other ceramic materials. Diatomaceous earth is a byproduct of diatoms. Diatoms are a type of algae. When diatoms are alive, they produce an outer shell with lots of tiny holes. When they die, these hard porous shells settle on the surface of their habitat. Then we come along, scoop them up, clean them, and make them into all sorts of useful things, including filters. There is one little problem with these ceramic filters. Sometimes bacteria can get inside the pores and start growing. To solve this problem, silver was added to the filters.
British Berkefeld Kills Bacteria With Silver
Today the technology continues with amazing results. Doulton ceramic filters are now impregnated with silver. Silver kills bacteria. The pioneers in the early west knew this. When they traveled across the country in wagons they would always carry water with them in water kegs made of wood. To keep the bacteria from growing in their water, they would drop a silver coin or some of
mother's precious silverware in the bottom. The silver would stop bacteria from growing. The same principle is used today in the British
Berekfeld to kill bacteria that may get stuck in the pores of the filter.
The Original British Berkefeld
This product is the original British Berkefeld water filter with four 7 inch white ceramic super sterasyl filter elements designed after the Doulton filter. This filter is still used all over the world to provide safe water for relief workers and missionaries. This low-cost alternative to the Berkey line of filters, with Black Berkey filter elements, will make water safe but will not remove as many contaminants, especially some chemicals and drugs. But in many areas of the country that is not necessary.
You can learn more about the benefits of the filters in the British Berkefeld by reading about them here.
British Berkefeld Specifications
- Gallons Per Hour by number of Elements Installed:
- 2 Elements = 1 GPH
- 4 Elements = 2 GPH
- Storage Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
- Space Requirements: 19.5" height clearance.
- Absolute filtration to .9 microns
Removes Algae, Rust, Sediment, Suspended Solids. Inhibits the grow and reduces the following harmful bacteria by a rate of better than 99.99%:
- E. Coli
- Reduces Cryptosporidium by 99.99%
- Removes Guinea Worm
- Reduces Turbidity
- Works in low water pressure situations
- Reduces foul tastes and odors and improves color
- Self-Sterilizing - No Boiling required.