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History of the Berkey Water Filter

Conscious Water is proud of our almost decade of service as Canada’s number one Berkey Water Filter Distributor. Our customers appreciate the benefits of safe, health-giving drinking water, and also want to protect our sacred earth by diverting hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles from landfills each and every day. They select from our expansive line of Berkey Water Filter Systems, including the top-selling Big Berkey Water Filter, to find the best solution for their home, travel, emergency, and day-to-day water filtration and purification needs.

Berkey’s commitment to producing the world’s most powerful and cost-effective gravity-fed personal water purification systems is what first attracted the attention of Scott Miller, our healthful water-loving founder. As he searched for ways to provide a constant pure water source for family and friends, he traced the history of water purification all the way back to the Victorian age in London!

Big Berkey Water Filter Goes Back Centuries

The need to create a safer water drinking supply was first recognized in 1835 in London, England. Queen Victoria realized that unclean water led to cholera and typhoid epidemics for her royal subjects. She turned to John Doulton, of Royal Doulton fame, and asked that he use his knowledge of ceramics to create stoneware that could serve as a gravity water filter.

This royal beginning improved in 1862 when John’s son, Henry, introduced a carbon water filter to provide an efficient, easily renewable, purifying medium. This coincided fortuitously with the great Louis Pasteur’s advancements in understandings of bacteria. It showed how porous ceramic can filter out those dangerous, tiny organisms, culminating in the discovery of gravity-fed water filtration

By 1901, the now Sir Henry Doulton and Royal Doulton were gaining in world-wide popularity for use in hospitals, laboratories and residential water filtration systems. The company continued to modify and improve its ceramic filters to make them self-sterilizing, and registered the new trade name, “British Berkefeld.” Relief organizations soon realized the benefits of using these filters to provide clean water to over 140 countries world-wide.

Fast forward to 1998 and the U.S.-based New Millennium Concepts signs a distribution partnership with British Berkefeld. They then create the extraordinary Black Berkey Purification Element, which is far more powerful than any other gravity filter element in removing harmful pathogens in drinking water. Something that began with a Queen is now serving the royal needs of everyday water drinkers.

As an authorized distributor, Conscious Water now purchases directly from New Millennium Concepts. Together with our healthful, naturally-alkalizing mineral stores, we bring our customers the best quality, most economical and fully-guaranteed water filtration products available today.

Two centuries of experience make it easy to see why Conscious Water and Berkey Water Filter Systems are such a great combination to keep your drinking water safe from bacteria, chlorine, viruses, pesticides, herbicides and other harmful toxins. Visit our website, email scott@consciouswater.ca, or call 705-305-2225 to learn more about using the Big Berkey Water Filter to keep your family safe and healthy.

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