Water Filters / Purifiers

It took us over a year to decide which water system to purchase to replace our family's water distiller. During this decision process we spent countless hours researching water quality issues, health factors, and treatment options from more than 50 sources. As you may already know, water is an incredibly complicated subject, especially with all the controversial (and bogus) claims out there. For non-scientists, busy parents, and even health professionals, it is extremely difficult to sort water treatment facts from fiction.

LivingWaters® drinking water systems

In mid-2008 we started a discussion with Lono Ho'ala, a naturopath, biochemist, and founder/product developer for LivingWaters®. Unlike the other companies we talked to, Lono truly understands both the science of water treatment and the impact of water on health. After receiving thorough, intelligent, fact-based answers to an endless barrage of questions, we knew this was the company we wanted to represent. In mid-2009 we installed a LivingWaters drinking water system in our home and have been enjoying super-clean, healthful, delicious water ever since. LivingWaters water purification systems provide the highest level of filtration possible today. The cartridge-based units utilizing their Safewater Technology™ systems do the job without electricity or wasted water; and without removing all the healthful alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These top-quality systems are affordably priced, and an excellent value for fail-safe protection from contaminants and made in the USA.

Material sources, environmental committment

LivingWaters' "Big-Blue" housings as well as faucets, fittings, tubing, and cartridges are manufactured in the United States. Standard housings and brackets are manufactured in China. Whole-house systems including backwashing tanks, media and valves are manufactured in the United States. Filter media is manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. LivingWaters is committed to a business policy founded upon environmental awareness. They print on recycled paper and use recycled packaging materials whenever possible. Products are designed to provide point-of-use access to clean water so people can stop buying bottled water and discarding millions of tons of plastic bottles every year.

Contaminants removed by LivingWaters' SAFEWATER TECHNOLOGY™

  • all pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, cysts, viruses, parasites)
  • chemical disinfectants (including chloramines and fluoride)
  • disinfection by-products (produced when chlorine interacts with organic materials)
  • organic contaminants (VOC's including solvents, fuel additives, pesticides, etc.)
  • inorganic compounds (arsenic, mercury, fluoride, heavy metals, etc.)
  • radioactive elements
  • turbidity

Information about radioactive particles in our water from the Fukushima nuclear accident

4/20/11 by Lono Ho'ala, Conscious Living Systems, Inc.
The radiation released into the environment from the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan is now finding its way into the water supply here in the United States. The water molecule itself cannot become radioactive. What happens is that water naturally picks up radioactive particles and gasses in the atmosphere. Rain deposits these materials onto the soil and water sources below. This is the problem caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident but it is not the only source of radioactive contamination that can be found in water. When the source of water is a well, the decay of radioactive minerals produces radioactive particles that can become dissolved in groundwater. These source of radioactive contamination is far more problematic right now in the U.S.

How To Make Your Water Safe From Radiation

Faucet mounted filters and filtered pitchers are ineffective because they don't contain enough media to get the job done. Sediment filters and refrigerator filters are completely ineffective as well. To remove the spectrum of radioactive contaminants a system must contain ion-exchange media, a sufficient amount of high quality carbon, as well as particulate filters capable of microfiltration. This combination will dramatically reduce radioactive particles in water. Fortunately, our 6 stage LivingWaters™ cartridge based system (see below) as well as our RO systems contain ALL THREE of these media, and will provide water that is completely safe.

You should realize that filters in any kind of system will retain collected radioactivity. If there is an unusual release of radioactivity, those who want to make sure their water is perfectly safe should replace their filters every 6 months instead of annually. As we've watched the Fukushima nuclear accident unfold it appears that only miniscule amounts of radiation are reaching this country. So far we see no reason to accelerate your cartridge change schedule. For a more detailed explanation of radiation and how to protect yourself from contaminated water and food, see this article from Conscious Living Systems, Inc.

6-Stage LivingWaters Purification Systems with SAFEWATER TECHNOLOGY™ & VOC filter

This four cartridge, 6-stage water purifier incorporates LivingWaters' patented SAFEWATER TECHNOLOGY™ for guaranteed removal of dangerous microorganisms including cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium, mold, spores from organisms like anthrax, the entire spectrum of disease-causing bacteria and 99.95% of virus. It also removes or reduces VOCs, heavy metals including chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium), hormone residues and chemicals including chlorine, chloramines, fluoride and arsenic. This system is one of the only filter-based systems that will remove unhealthy water contaminants as effectively as reverse osmosis (RO) and distillation, yet unlike these technologies it preserves the healthy alkaline minerals in your water and there is no water wasted (like RO) and no electricity needed (like distillation). The under-counter unit comes with a premium “Euro” style top-mount monitor faucet. The fourth housing, on top, is an acid-washed carbon finishing cartridge that makes the best tasting beverages possible by removing VOCs that might impart a bad flavor to the water. Ideal for those who want the best tasting water that is safer than bottled at a fraction of the price.

  • Under-counter 6-stage, model #LWUC4: $569, UPS shipping*. buy now
    • Change from chrome faucet to brushed nickel, black, white or oil-rubbed bronze: $60 change color
  • Counter-top 6-stage, model #LWCT4: $529, UPS shipping*. buy now

Replacement filters for 6-STAGE system (4 cartridges) part #LWRC4 : $246 + UPS shipping*. buy now (replace after 1,000 gallons or 1 year, whichever comes first)

Replacement filters for 5-STAGE system (3 cartridges) part #LWRC3 : $223 + UPS shipping*. buy now (replace after 1,000 gallons or 1 year, whichever comes first)

UPGRADE NOTES: If you are upgrading from an old LivingWaters 5-stage undercounter system to a 6-stage undercounter system you will need hardware and a hose to attach the 4th cartridge. buy undercounter upgrade kit: $25 (don't forget to purchase filters) If you are upgrading from a 5-stage countertop system to a 6-stage countertop system you will need to send your system to LivingWaters for the conversion after purchasing the upgrade. buy countertop upgrade: $60 (don't forget to purchase filters)

 

LivingWaters travel filter2-Stage Travel Filter

Lightweight one-canister filter that removes cysts, 99.9% of bacteria, chlorine, trihalomethanes, volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) and lead. Does not remove fluoride or chloramines.

  • Travel filter, model #LW10TF: $149, UPS shipping. buy now
  • Replacement filter; part #10DUC1000: $61.25, UPS shipping. buy now

WELL WATER USERS: If you drink well water there may be contaminents in your water that are not removed by the standard cartridge systems.
Please contact us and we will have LivingWaters review your water test to configure a system according to your needs.

* UPS shipping charge will be added to units noted above when you checkout. For locations outside the continental USA and expedited shipping please contact us for a quote.

Warranties

LivingWaters Water Treatment Systems are built with advanced technology, quality materials, and detailed workmanship. When properly installed and maintained they will provide many years of trouble-free service.
Warranty: Standard point-of-use products carry a lifetime warranty on system parts. The travel filter has a 3 year limited warranty on system parts. Excluded are normal maintenance items such as replacement cartridges and o-rings.
Money-back guarantee: The full purchase price of a standard point-of-use LivingWaters® product will be refunded at the customer's request for up to 30 days from date of purchase, provided the product has been properly installed and maintained and has not be subject to modification, freezing, overtightening, damage, abuse, or peril of any kind.
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Please contact us with any questions about LivingWaters™ water purification systems.

Berkey Water Systems authorized dealerBerkey® drinking water systems

Berkey's gravity-fed water systems are some of the most efficient filters available today because they remove a comprehensive array of contaminants without a pressurized water source. This is important in times of emergencies, for outdoor activities such as backpacking and camping, and for those who don't want to hook up a filter system to their plumbing.

During testing conducted by independent, EPA-approved laboratories, the Black Berkey filter element (used in all Berkey filters) removed a very long list of water contaminants with never-before-seen results and significantly raised the standard for the water filter industry. Each standard-size Berkey filter element has a life of 3,000 gallons, making the ongoing cost less than 2 cents per gallon of purified water (at $107 for a set of two filter elements).

Berkey® portable water purifiers

Sport Berkey Water Filter The Sport Berkey® Filtered Water Bottle is essential gear for the outdoors. It enables you to drink from virtually any water source, and provides great-tasting water to keep you hydrated on your adventures.

The 22 oz. portable Sport Berkey® Bottle is durable and and convenient. It's ideal for outdoor recreation, camping, hiking, traveling, emergency preparedness as well as everyday use. The bottle is constructed from a safe, non-leaching LDPE #4 medical grade polymer which is BPA Free.

Black Berkey® Purification Elements are classified as water purifiers because they reduce or remove up to 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and up to 99.999% of viruses. They are also equipped to remove or dramatically reduce toxic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, chlorides, pharmaceuticals, petroleum-based products, unpleasant tastes, odors, silt, sediment and chlorine. see full list of contaminants removed

  • Uses the same filtration medium as the larger Black Berkey® Purification Element
  • Sport Berkey® capacity: untreated water ~160 refills; municipal tap water ~640 refills
  • Do not allow Sport Berkey® Bottle to freeze; do not place in microwave oven; do not run hot water through the filter.

Sport Berkey® Filtered Water Bottle + 1 replacement filter: $54.90 + $8 shipping. buy now
Sport Berkey® replacement filters: 2 for $39.90 + $8 shipping. buy now

 

GO Berkey travel water purifierGo Berkey Kit® contains a small stainless steel (AISI 304) portable water purifier and a Sport Berkey® Filtered Water Bottle. To use the Go Berkey® water purifier simply pour untreated water into the top chamber, which contains a Black Berkey® Purification Element, and the water will be purified as gravity pulls it into the bottom chamber.

Black Berkey® Purification Elements are classified as water purifiers because they reduce or remove up to 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and up to 99.999% of viruses. They are equipped to also remove or dramatically reduce toxic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, chlorides, pharmaceuticals, petroleum-based products, unpleasant tastes, odors, silt, sediment and chlorine. see full list of contaminants removed

The Black Berkey® purification element provides up to 3,000 gallons of sparkling clean water. The lower stainless steel chamber holds one quart of purified water; flow rate is up to one gallon per hour; dimensions: 4" diameter x 14" height; weight: 2.4 lbs. (empty). The kit includes:

  • Go Berkey upper and lower stainless steel chambers with full-size Black Berkey® Purification Element
  • Sport Berkey® Filtered Water Bottle (22 oz.) with small Black Berkey® Purification Element
  • Vinyl carrying case
  • Black Berkey Primer™

Go Berkey Kit®: $175 + $22 shipping. buy now
Black Berkey® replacement filters: 2 for $107 + $16 shipping. buy now

 

Travel Berkey Water PurifierThe compact Travel Berkey® is the perfect water system for traveling and camping, and it fits comfortably in most carry-on or larger suitcases. Constructed of highly polished AISI 304 stainless steel, it has a storage capacity of about 1.5 gallons. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport (12" high).

System includes upper and lower stainless steel chambers with two full-size Black Berkey® Purification Elements for installation in upper chamber. Up to two Berkey PF-2™ Fluoride and Arsenic Reduction Elements (optional) may be installed in the lower chamber. To use, simply pour untreated water into the system's top chamber, and the water is purified as gravity pulls it through the Black Berkey® Purification Elements into the bottom chamber where it is easily dispensed through a handy spigot.

Black Berkey® Purification Elements are classified as water purifiers because they reduce or remove up to 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and up to 99.999% of viruses. They are equipped to also remove or dramatically reduce toxic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, pesticides, herbicides, chlorides, pharmaceuticals, petroleum-based products, unpleasant tastes, odors, silt, sediment and chlorine. see full list of contaminants removed

  • Diameter: 7.5"; height when in use: 18"; weight: 6.13 lbs (empty)
  • For normal everyday use, this system easily serves 1-3 people. Fully configured it can serve up to 66 people a day during an emergency.
  • Maximum Filtration Flow Rate with two Black Berkey® Purification Elements: up to 2.75 gallons (10.4 liters) of purified water per hour.

Travel Berkey®: $228 + $24 shipping. buy now
Black Berkey® replacement filters: 2 for $107 + $16 shipping. buy now
Fluoride and Arsenic reduction elements (optional): 2 for $50 + $16 shipping. buy now