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Buying Your Berkey Water Filter System

So you are living or residing in Singapore and you have decided to buy a Berkey Water filter system. The only issue remaining is: “Where should I buy the system from?”ShoppingOnline

Most people who are familiar with online shopping would no doubt have checked the various websites that sell the Berkey water filter systems. Since Berkey is made in the US, most of these websites will be operated by US based companies.

The first thing you will discover is many US owned web businesses will not ship their products outside of the US except to Hawaii and US military bases in foreign countries. Even Amazon will not ship Berkey products directly to Singapore!

However there are a few companies that do, and at first glance, it might appear that it is cheaper to buy and ship your Berkey from the US than to purchase from us.

We will do our best to highlight the pros and cons of taking such an approach:

Pros

  1. You might save a few dollars by importing the Berkey water filter system directly (though this is doubtful after you have factored in the shipping and other ancillary charges). Do remember that for any purchase above $400, the shipping company will collect the GST payment you plus a service charge of $10 or $20 depending on the company.
  2. Some people just like to shop online internationally.

Cons

  1. Buying from foreign merchants exposes you to the usual risks associated with such purchases. You are dealing with a foreign entity. What happens if they fail to ship after you have made your payment? In most cases, you can contact your credit card company or PayPal (if you used their service) and lodge a claim for a full refund. You will probably get your money back but it may take a few weeks or more, because they need to do their own investigations, and do you really want to go through all that hassle?
  2. Even if you are satisfied that the company that you are purchasing from is bona fide, you are still taking a risk because of the nature of your purchase. The water filter is a relatively bulky item. What happens if the goods are damaged while in transit? What about dents and scratches? The stainless steel containers may arrive dented or the black Berkey elements may be cracked if for some reason the shipper was negligent. Sure the merchant will probably honour their guarantee, but you may have to pay for shipping the damaged goods back to them. And all this while, you will be without the benefit of using the system which you have already purchased.
  3. Limited after-sales service.

All the above problems are avoidable, if you purchase the Berkey water purification systems locally from us. We are the official local agents for Berkey. Hence, if you purchase the water filter system from us, we guarantee that the product that you receive from us is free from manufacturing defects for the standard period of 6 months. The Black Berkey filter elements are also fully guaranteed for a period of 2 years, pro-rated at 6 monthly intervals (more details).

Another advantage of buying from us that may not be immediately apparent is the availability of after-sales service. For example, before the system can be used, the filters need to be primed. Now I am aware that many people who buy Berkey systems are probably intelligent, well-informed people who are self-reliant. That is the case in the US and I have no reason to believe that it will be any different here. But there are still many others that will benefit from some form of personalised after-sales service and advice.

Finally, do note that our retail prices are inclusive of GST.

Once you take into account all the above factors, I hope you will realise that our retail prices, which may appear at first glance to be somewhat higher than what you might expect to pay if you bought your Berkey system directly from the US, is really not the case.

Also buying from us gives you the peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a local company that will be able to assist you in the initial setting up and also provide you with after sales service and the supply of replacement filters and other accessories.

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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.

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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.

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.

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The Cost of Drinking Water

Bottled drinking water

Bottled drinking water

I was at Giant Supermarket this week, 30th Sept 2014 and was passing the aisle selling water, I noticed that a 10 litre bottle of water was selling at $9.60, that is, almost a $1 a litre of water. Over at NTUC, the average selling price for a 1.5 litre water bottle was $0.75 cents. Two things came to mind, cost of water and the logistics of it.

 

COST OF DRINKING WATER
Without water, we can at most, live another 3 days and as water is such a necessity to life, we are willing to pay anything for it, but, have we for a minute given thought about the cost of drinking water? In checking PUB web site; after taking into account their basic water tariffs, water conservation tax, consumption block and water borne fee; at the top of their charges, the cost of PUB water is $0.002 per litre. So coming back to the cost of water sold at the Supermarkets:-
     10 litre water bottle – actual water cost is $0.02 cents
     1.5 litre water bottle – actual water cost is $0.003 cents.
On the 10 litre water bottle, the premium you are paying is $9.58 and on the 1.5 litre is $0.747. The premium, that is, above the cost of water, is the cost for manufacturing and bottling, plastic bottle, handling, transportation and profits. By then, the water bottle has passed through 2 layers in the food supply chain, each taking a percentage for their operations. Why not manufacture your own drinking water? Now you can.

BERKEY WATER PURIFIER – MOST COST EFFECTIVE WATER FILTER IN THE MARKET

The Big Berkey water filter, which is currently retailing at $430, (one time sunk cost) has a capacity to transform 22,700 litres of tap water into pure drinking water. There are no other hidden cost. No installation is required. No expensive filters to change every three or 6 months. Based on a daily water consumption of 10 litres, your average water cost per month for drinking is only $0.60 cents. With the consumption of 10 litres daily, the 2 Black Berkey filters will ensure a worry free usage of 6 years. At most, we ask that you take out the black filters for cleaning once a year or more. At the end of the Black Berkey filter usage life, all you need to do is replace the black filter. The replacement cost for a pair of black filters is $180, thereafter, another 6 years or more years worry free usage. If your daily water use is 5 litres, the Black Berkey filters can be used for more than 10 years.

If you had signed for a bottled water contract, a years supply of bottled water would cost your family $1,040 a year, this is based on a consumption of 5 litres daily and price of bottled water at $10 per bottle. The bottled water that you received is only filtered water.

 

 

WATER LOGISTICS – HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT IT?
Well, 1 litre of water is equivalent to 1 kilo in weight. So if you had bought that 10 litre of water from the supermarket, you would have to carry it home. Have you noticed that most of the rice bags are packed in 5-kilo bags to make it easier for the consumers to carry. Together with your other grocery purchases, imagine the weight bearing load you have to juggle, from the supermarket into a car, bus, taxi, MRT, back to your home, park the car, bring into the lift, carry it home. Fit the water bottle into its housing.

In spite of the effort, that 10 litre bottle would only last 5 days, assuming 2 litres are consumed daily by one person. For a family of 4, that 10 litre bottle will not even last for 2 days! So the whole process have to repeated every 2 days or less. Isn’t this time consuming? why do you want to add more mundane activities to your daily living?.

Then again, you may have thought, why not, I buy water from the bottled water company. So you sign a contract to get your water supplies from the water bottled company, which ties you down to a form of perpetual contract. Either of you, will have to call regularly to schedule a delivery; arrange the money for your maid or you may have to stay home, if you don’t have a maid.Have you thought about how the water bottle company had kept their water before it was sent to your home?. Have you ever considered that the seemingly harmless blue coloured bottle you received could have been exposed to the sun, before it was delivered? This is another topic about the leaching of water from PET water bottles.

Wouldn’t life be less complicated if you had a water filter at home and never having to worry about all the logistics just to get water flowing all the time and saving money too, if you had the Berkey water filters.

IF YOU USE OUR BERKEY WATER FILTERS YOU WILL NEVER BE OUT OF WATER 

As the Berkey water filter sits on your kitchen countertop, there are no logistics to worry, no loads to carry, no scheduling to worry, your initial investment is returned in under 6 months and continue to save for the next 6 to 10 years.

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