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Gravity Water Filter/Purifier Performance Comparison Chart
The table below compares the Berkey water purification system with other well-known water filtration systems.
|Virus Removal (A)||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Max. Daily Output (ltr./day)||318||38||68||34||53||45||91|
|Max. Daily Output -Max.# Elements||636||95||68||70||76||91||91|
|Approx. People Served (B)||42||6||5||4||5||6||6|
|Replacement Time Limitation||No Time Limit||6 Months(C)||2 Years(C,D)||12 Months(E)||6 Months(C)||1 Year(F)||Up to 6 Months|
|Maximum Element Capacity||4||5||3||4||4||4||3|
|Food Color Test (H)||Pass||Fail||Fail||Pass||Fail||Fail||Fail|
|Turbidity Flow Rate Test (I)||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Pass||Fail||Pass|
|Test Results Available||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Tested to NSF Standards||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|NSF Certified Claimed||No||No||No||Yes(J)||No||No||No|
|Guarantee||6 Mos.(filter 2 yr.)||None Published||1 year Ltd.||2 year||None Published||None Published||None Published|
|System Material||AISI 304 Stainless||HDPE||Ceramic||Stainless||AISI 304 Stainless||Stainless||Silicone|
|System Production||Plasma Welded||Molded||Kiln||Deep Drawn||Plasma Weld||Deep Drawn||Molded|
|Number of Elements||2||2||3||2||2||2||3|
|Element Height||22.8 cm.||17.8 cm.||12.7 cm.||22.8 cm.||17.8 cm.||22.8 cm.||26.4 cm.|
|Storage Tank Capacity (liters)||8.5||13.25||Not Stated||10.4||8.5||11.3||9.8|
|Height||48.9 cm.||72.4 cm.||44.4 cm.||54.6 cm.||48.9 cm.||52 cm.||45.7 cm.|
|Diameter||21.6 cm.||28.6 cm.||27.9 cm.||23.5 cm.||21.6 cm.||27.9 cm.||27.9 cm.|
|Dry Weight (Approx.)||2.7 kg.||2.27 kg.||11.8 kg.||2.26 kg.||2.5 kg.||3.18 kg.||2.95 kg.|
- Purification Standards: Element must remove/inactivate all types of pathogenic organisms. Specifically, element must remove two species of virus to 4 Log10 (=> 99.99%) and remove pathogenic bacteria to 6 Log10 (=> 99.9999%) and remove cysts to 3 Log10 (=> 99.9%). This makes Berkey systems the only true gravity fed purification systems.
Purification Challenge: The Standard has selected 3 types of challenge organisms: Bacteria (Klebsiella terrigena), Viruses (Polio and Rota) and Protozoan Cysts (Giardia or Cryptosporidium).
Virology - Demonstration of a 4 Log10 (99.99%) reduction is required on the combined polio/rota virus challenge matrix.
Bacteriology - Demonstration of a 6 Log10 (99.9999%) reduction is required for the Klebsiella terrigena bacterial challenge.
Cyst Removal - Demonstration of a 3 Log10 (99.9%) reduction is required for the cysts using Cryptosporidium or Giardia.
- Number based on 7.6 liters per day per person, system used 12 hours per day.
- Aqua Crock, Doulton GSS-2, Ceragrav LP-5 all use Doulton Filter Elements - life expectancy is 1987 liters or 6 months, whichever occurs first.
- Claim made is 2 years or 11,350 liters; while the manufacturer of their Doulton filter elements states the life expectancy is 1987 liters or 6 months whichever occurs first.
- While the company claims their elements will last for 11,350 liters on their comparison chart, we used the claims of the manufacturer, which state that the life of the elements is only 5,678 liters or 12 months whichever occurs first.
- Calculation based on each element producing 11.3 liters when used for 12 hours per day during 365 day maximum recommended time limitation.
- Calculation based on each element producing 45 liters if used for 12 hours per day during 182 day maximum recommended time limitation.
- Successfully demonstrates removal of microscopic red food coloring particulate from source water at 1 tablespoon of red food coloring per 4 liters.
- Test is designed to determine if high turbidity (larger particulate) source water will clog up elements which may render them ineffective during actual emergency conditions. 1 tbsp carbon dust per 4 liters. Flow rate reduction of <25%=Pass, >25%=Fail.
- NSF Claims: No listing on NSF website as of publication date. NSF has confirmed that ProPur has not been certified by their organization
Where information was available and published, this information was used. Where information was not available, information was calculated, such as in F and G above, using the available published information. Where published information on systems was in conflict with the published information by the manufacturer, such as in C, D, and E above, items are highlighted in orange.
Data based on manufacturer's life expectancy claims rather than the claims of the manufacturer's customer. Information collected from websites, corporate literature, internal testing and outside independent sources is believed to be accurate at time of publication. Neither this chart nor it's producer assume any liability, implied, expressed or assumed.
There are other gravity fed filter systems that claim they are not to be used with microbiologically unsafe or questionable water. We chose not to include those systems in this comparison chart.