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  • Writer's pictureAnte & Roberta Skoko

Blue Gold

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

High-quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high-quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth. - Edmund Muskie

I graduated from McMaster University with a Degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in environmental / water treatment and know well the importance and science of water quality.

Three years ago, after extensive research, I invested in a Berkey Water System - the gold standard in the industry. Roberta and I use our Berkey for daily drinking water, with coffee/tea, cooking, aromatherapy, travel, et cetera. It has eliminated our consumption of disposable plastic (leaching) water bottles. And most importantly, our water is 99.9999% free of pathogenic bacteria, 99.999% of viruses, and virtually free of pharmaceuticals, hormones, birth control that our municipal water treatment plants simply cannot remove on a mass scale. Further, the fluoride in our tap water has disturbed me ever since I studied its toxic effects, and I am thankful this simple system gives my family and visiting friends the purest water possible at home. Check out this 2-minute video:

Berkey Water Systems remove:

> 99.999% viruses

> 99.9999% pathogenic bacteria (and surrogates)

> 99.8% trihalomethanes (such as chloroform)

> Inorganic minerals (such as chlorine)

> 80% heavy metals (such as aluminum, barium, lead, mercury, zinc, etc.)

> 99.9% micro organisms (such as e. Coli)

> 99.9% pharmaceutical drug contaminants (such as progesterone)

> 95% fluoride (only when using the PF-2 filter)

For further information on filter specifications, visit this site.

Our Royal Berkey

Because of the first-class quality of these filters, and how I have been giving it rave reviews to friends and family members over the past few years, Roberta and I recently decided to become Canadian distributors of Berkey Water Systems. You can check out our store here.

If you are considering a Berkey Water System for your home, there there are a few things to consider - cost, size, aesthetics, and daily usage. My comments and opinions are geared toward regular household users’ conditions and needs.



A Big Berkey is sufficient for a single or couple. If you have a family of 4 or more, you may require a larger unit (Royal (what we have), Imperial, Crown) so that there is enough water in the reservoir for the day. 2 Black Berkey filters can filter 2 gallons in about an hour so the ‘wait time’ isn’t bad, but definitely slower than a Brita, ha! The best practice is to fill the Berkey to the brim before bed, or according to the water level in the sight glass spigot.


The Big Berkey for example measures H21” x W8.5”. This is taller than the average kitchen cabinet clearance of 18”. Also factor in the requirement of a stand for your Berkey if you do not want to have it perched over the counter edge or sink.


- Eliminates 99.999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses

- Easy to install and use.

- Lightweight and portable, so if you move or go on a trip it can come with you.

- Sizes suitable for single, families or larger settings.

- Filters have a very long lifetime (2 Black Berkey filters last approx 6,000 gallons). You just scrub them with a plastic pad when the filtering slows down (recommend twice a year). The filters will probably need to be replaced in 4 years with our current usage. (approx. $100).

- Super affordable cost long-term after system purchase.

- The spout pours filtered water quickly.

- The filters take out pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and heavy metals but leave in the essential minerals that your body needs.

- The filters remove viruses, cysts, protozoa, and bacteria.

- Stainless steel construction, which is non-reactive and won’t add endocrine disruptors to the water the way plastics can. Lasts for life.

- Our Royal Berkey (and bigger models) are expandable to double (or triple) the filter capacity by adding 2 more Berkey Filters (Approx. $100). This would allow our system to filter faster and increase daily output. But for us, and what I recommend - 2 filters is enough.

- Eliminate the need for disposable plastic water bottles.

- Reduces carbon footprint.

- Gravity-fed.

- Clean taste!


- The unit is quite wide and tall, which makes it more suitable for kitchens with more countertop space and high cabinet clearance.

- Requires a stand or spout must overhang the counter to be used.

- The initial cost is high ($400+), but this is offset by the longevity of the filters.

- The exterior needs to be cleaned or polished periodically.

- Filter time (an hour for 2 gallons)

In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons and I would recommend a Berkey Water System for those who see the benefits and long-term health and economic value.

I hope you found this Berkey Water System review informative. If you feel as though I have left anything out or would like to ask a specific question, please email or leave a comment! God bless, Ante

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