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The Go Berkey Kit – Ideal for Business Trips

The Go Berkey Kit
The Go Berkey Kit

Take the Go Berkey Kit with you on your next Business Trip

Except for a handful of countries in Asia that have clean water, the quality of water in many countries is still in doubt. For some countries, even bottled water may not be safe for drinking. You don’t want to return home with some unknown bacteria in your body.

Having been in this position before and having spent a good number of years in Indonesia myself, I know what it is like. Besides the work issues, there are also many personal considerations to contend with – your family, the travel arrangements, accommodation, meals, transportation, laundry, security and whatever creature comforts we can think of.

Whilst meals are relatively easy to arrange, because we all need to eat, clean water is something most of us overlook. As we are overcome by the busyness and demands of our responsibilities, we start to compromise what our body requires of us, that is, drinking a sufficient quantity of water.

Most hotels will supply you with a bottle of water a day, or two if they are generous. To make up for any shortfall, we have to get them from supermarket. Water has to be consumed daily, which makes going to the supermarket a daily event as well. But, what if we were tied up in the office? It’s fine if the assignment period is short. But what if the assignment is longer than a month? A different water logistics may be have to be considered. But, are there choices available?

The Go Berkey and Sport Berkey packed up

The Go Berkey and Sport Berkey packed up

The answer is Yes, if you have our Go Berkey kit. It’s the only water purification system that you can take to, anywhere in the world and make your own water, with no fuss, low cost and with the ease of operations. Years of usage at an affordable price. The Go Berkey kit consists of 2 main items: the Go Berkey water filter, and a Sport Berkey water bottle. All this is packed neatly in a travel pouch. The Go Berkey water filter holds one black filter and provides the same purification of tap waters, removing all the virus, pathogens, bacteria, heavy metals, chlorine, etc. Imagine, making your own pure drinking water has never been easier. After your assignment, pack it up, store it, ready for your next assignment.


Why Should We Filter Our Tap Water?

PUBThose of us living in Singapore are fortunate in that the PUB sets a very high standard for the quality of water that comes out from our taps. Whether or not one agrees with the taste of the water, most Singaporeans are comfortable with the fact that they can drink the water straight from the tap without fear of catching some waterborne disease. Even when they may not drink the water straight from the tap when they are at home, they will invariably drink it when they are eating out – as most restaurants and eating places will usually serve water straight from the tap!

However in spite of such high hygiene standards, I find it surprising that in the majority of homes, at least those that do not filter their tap water (and even some that do) they will boil the tap water before using it for drinking and cooking purposes. When asked why do they do this, the answers vary from

A pot of boiling water

Boiling water

  • I guess it’s a habit I inherited from my parents,
  • I feel safer drinking boiled water as boiling will kill all the germs,
  • I don’t like the taste of the chlorine and boiling removes it.

I am sure there are other reasons not listed here.

The other thing that I find surprising is that many households also “invest” in expensive water purification / treatment equipment. Most of us I am sure have heard about Diamond water or Kangen water or MRET water. Those that use such devices invariably claim that drinking the water produced by them has improved their health, or the health of their loved ones. Of course there are also some people who think that all this is just a plain waste of money. I am not here to criticise people who have invested in such expensive equipment. There is enough empirical evidence to show  that in many cases, those who were consuming water from such devices have witnessed dramatic improvements in their health, or the health of their loved ones.

Coming back to our main question, why should we filter our tap water? I can suggest the following reasons:

Corroded water pipe

Corroded water pipe

Even though the water produced by the PUB is clean and safe for drinking directly, it may become contaminated because of the delivery system. The entire system of pipes and intermediate storage tanks that convey the water to our tap is a primary source of contamination. Old corroded metal pipes may leech toxic heavy metals into the water. Plastic pipes are no better. Ever heard of BPAs? These are additives added to the plastic and they are endocrine disrupters. In layman terms, they are bad for our long-term health.

Those of us that live in HDB flats and even some private condos are well aware of the contamination problems associated with the rooftop water tanks. Due to breaches in security, maintenance workers have been known to use these tanks as their private swimming pools and also in an extreme case, to dispose of their paramours. Yuks!

YuksOne of the PUB’s main concerns after the water leaves their plant is the possibility of bacterial contamination. To combat this, they add extra chlorine to the system, especially when the water is stored in the rooftop tanks. This is one of the main reasons why our tap water often has a strong chlorine smell. It is really the lesser of 2 evils. Without the additional chlorine, the risk of a catching a water borne disease from bacterial contamination cannot be ruled out. The added chlorine is extremely effective in killing off such bacteria. Unfortunately, the chlorine imparts a nasty odour to the water.

This is probably the main reason why most families boil their water, as boiling effectively removes this chlorine odour. (Hint: If chlorine odour is a problem, and you want to save money by avoiding the need to boil the water, just let the water stand in a cover container for 24 hours before drinking it. Most of the dissolved chlorine would have evaporated by then!) But boiling does not remove the other possible sources of contamination post water-treatment. For example, it will not remove rust, heavy metals and other toxins.

Then we come to the issue of fluoride. Most people have been told, and they strongly believe fluoride is essential for healthy teeth, hence fluoride in the drinking water is a good thing. Besides, most of the oral hygiene products sold in Singapore are fortified with fluoride. Have you tried to get fluoride free toothpaste? Not only are they hard to find, when you do find them, they cost a lot more than normal toothpaste!

Fluoride free toothpaste is expensive!

Fluoride free toothpaste is expensive!

Did you know the Singapore is only one of 9 countries in the world that still fluoridate their tap water? (Source.) Fluoridation of tap water is no longer practiced, in fact, it is banned in most of Europe, and also in Japan, China, Russia. Just a few months ago, Israel also stopped fluoridating their drinking water. Do all these countries know something that we don’t? I know this can be a rather controversial subject, so I will not want to dwell on it too long. Those that want to know more can easier do their own research on the Internet. A good place to start may be Dr Mercola’s website.

[Latest newsflash – 20 Dec 14: The City of Prince George in British Columbia, Canada, has just voted to stop fluoridation of its municipal water! Read more…]

Suppose you want to remove fluoride from your drinking water: Did you know that fluoride is one of the hardest substances to remove? Very few water filters have the capacity to remove fluoride. As far as I know, only the Berkey filter can remove it without any energy input, and at a reasonable cost. The other methods to remove fluoride would involve either distillation or the use of a reverse osmosis system. These methods will remove all the fluoride, but their running costs are quite high.

Many water filter companies make bold claims for their products. However, very few of them can back up their claims with test reports done by independent laboratories. The company that makes the Berkey filters is one of the few that has done so. Test reports from independent laboratories are available.

The Berkey system had a real boost recently when Mike Adams from Natural News did an independent laboratory test (at his own cost) on a whole range of counter-top and pitcher water filter systems. In the counter-top category, the Berkey came out tops in their testing.

So, why should we filter our tap water before drinking it?

The primary reason why a person or family should filter their tap water before drinking should be the primary reason – which is to remove all possible contaminants – whether organic or inorganic. I.e. remove all bacteria, fungi, viruses, and also heavy metals (which are toxic to us), and other toxic substances. The Berkey is the system that does this very well, and at a very competitive price.

Berkey water filter

Berkey water filter

To those people who swear by their alkaline water or energy water, or water with smaller molecular cluster size, I say, more power to you!

However, I would strongly recommend that before you put your tap water into those devices that will treat and enhance the water, ask yourself this question, “How good are the pre-filters in your system?” Most of these systems use only a simple carbon filter to remove odours and other impurities. I would suggest that if you really care for the quality of your drinking water, you should use a Berkey filter to purify the water before enhancing it further with your expensive water treatment system. You have already invested so much into buying these systems, why don’t you take your system further by feeding it really clean water for it to “enhance”?

The Berkey system only costs a fraction of these “high tech” systems, but what it does, it does really well. It will clean the water of all toxins and other impurities. I daresay the Berkey is the best compliment to your high-tech water treatment system.

And it also has a very low running cost. For example, for a family of 4, you will probably only need to change your black filters every 5 years or so, at a cost of $180 a pair. That’s less than $40 a year!


Shaving Blades and Water Filters

PitcherWhat has shaving blades to do with water filters?

If you have a chance, ask your father and he will tell you that in the good old days, before the electric shavers, companies selling shaving blades will sell you a shaving blade handle at rock bottom prices. They will throw a couple of blades in the pack and that was all. Once you had used them, like them, you will now have to buy their refills. That was the trick. Cheap shaving handles, now its pay-back time, as they say, “no free lunch” you ended up paying more.

Fast forward, this business practice can still be found by companies selling water canister filters. They sell you a cheap canister with a water filter inside, which has to be changed ever-so often. Once, I was given one of these canisters and there was a digital counter at the top to remind me the number of refills I had done. By the time I reach 60 times I had to replace the water filters. Each water refill filter cost more than $60. I gave up after a couple of times. Aside from the cost, you had to make your way down to the shop to restock. So time consuming in managing my water logistics.

With our Berkey water purification system, you have no such worries. One pair of our Black Berkey water filter elements can filter 22,700 litres of water. With an average consumption of 5 litres of water daily, our black filter elements will last 12.4 years. All that is required is the occasional maintenance of removing and manually cleaning the black filters when they get clogged up from all the dirt that is in the raw water.

Our Berkey water filters are the most economical water purification system in the market.

Berkey Tops Independent Lab Tests

The long awaited lab test results are finally out! The Big Berkey came out tops in a recent independent lab test on the most popular water filters used in the US. This test was conducted by Mike Adams of Natural News. Natural News is the world’s largest independent natural health website, with more than 7 million unique readers a month. Below is a graphic summary of the test results for heavy metals (reproduced from the Natural News website):


As you can see from the graph above, the Berkey water filter, when used with its attached arsenic / fluoride filters, removed in many cases 100% of heavy metals and a very high percentage in other cases. Some of the other popular brands like ProPur and Doulton did not perform anywhere nearly as well. To see the full results of all the filters, you can go to

How reliable are these test results?

Those of us who have been following Mike Adams on his Natural News website know that last year, he launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab to conduct atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants. This is done using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. Mike Adam’s credentials as an independent research are impeccable. After setting up his lab, he made several food safety breakthroughs. For example, he revealed that rice protein products from Asia contained high levels of tungsten. This discovery has now led to an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July, 2015.

Coming back to the lab results, the conclusion that Mike Adams draws is that Natural News can only currently recommend two gravity water filters for the removal of heavy metals and toxic elements:

  • Big Berkey (with arsenic / fluoride filters attached)
  • Zen Water Systems

We have the full range of Berkey water filters. All our Berkey water filters use the Black Berkey filter element which was used in the lab tests. We also sell the PF-2 arsenic / fluoride removal elements.

Currently, if you buy any main filter system from us, we are giving away free a Sport Berkey water bottle. The water bottle uses the same Black Berkey system, but in a reduced size. It is extreme convenient for sports and travel purposes. Note: This promotion ended on 10 Dec 2014.


Sport Berkey – Ideal for Travellers

Sport Berkey3Singaporeans love travelling, with limited places to go to in the city state, we probably rank No 1, in Asia as the top travelling nation, in the number of trips made per person annually. Even before the year ends, we are scanning next year’s calendars and blocking out the dates and planning our next destination. I don’t think you disagree?, we are all Singaporeans. We love food and we love travelling.

So having targeted the next destination, we plan, book hotels, air tickets, we pack and we go. Little thought is given to water and the logistics of it. Having spent money on the tickets and taking precious time off from work, the lest you want is falling sick during your vacation, due to bad water that might contain E.coli and other viruses, found in various countries in Asia and wherever the water source is suspect.

But there is a solution, the Berkey Sports water bottle. The black filter in the Sport Berkey water bottle is a miniaturised version of our famous Black Berkey filters. It removes, all virus, pathogens, bacteria, heavy metals, chlorine. It produces clean and pure drinking water. Cheaper than bottled water.

With the Sport Berkey water bottle, make your own water on the go. Many hotels restrict the number of bottles they provide, because they want you to buy from their mini bar. So you run out of water at night, what do you do? go out and buy? Well, if you had brought the Sport Berkey bottle, you can have fresh pure water anywhere anytime. It’s so convenient and it will save you money too.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

But, far more important is knowing that the water you drink from Sport Berkey bottle is pure water, as its filter will remove all the unwanted impurities, e.coli, viruses, and chlorine. The Sport Berkey is your vital travel companion, don’t leave home without it.

I was in Ho Chi Minh City recently and had brought my Sport Berkey water bottle along. The municipal water had a very strong chlorine smell, almost like the chlorine from the swimming pool, but, I wasn’t going to drink it, so I filtered it through the Sport Berkey water bottle. I now have fresh pure drinking water and without the chlorine taste.

Next trip, to Bandung city, Indonesia. and I will test the water there.