Giveaway: Royal Berkey Water Filter-$283 Value!

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Have you heard of Big Berkey Water Filters??? No? Well, they just happen to be the best gravity water purification systems out there. And Big Berkey is giving away one of their Royal Berkey Water Purifiers to a lucky DIY Natural community member!

The Royal Berkey countertop purifying system includes two Black Berkey purification elements, chambers, lid, a spigot, rubber gasket base, and 2 blocking plugs. This water purifier has a retail value of $283 (including free shipping). The giveaway will run through April 28th, 2013 at midnight EST.

Why is your water purity so important?

We know there is no life without water. But what if your water source is fluoridated, chlorinated, or contaminated with pesticides, pathogenic bacteria, and harmful chemicals? Is this water still healthy and life promoting?

The short answer is no. The fluoride that’s being added to our municipal water supplies is actually a toxic industrial waste product that has several negative health effects, leading many countries to ban this practice. (Read more about this here or here.) When chlorine is added to our water as a disinfectant, it actually reacts with rotting organic matter and creates a family of chemicals known as trihalomethanes. Trihalomethanes have been shown to cause several types of cancer, and may also present reproductive and developmental risks. (source) And these are two things municipal water facilities intentionally put into our water. *Gasp!*

It’s important to scrutinize your water purity the same way you carefully choose food or other things entering into your body. Ideally, we would all have access to uncontaminated free-flowing spring water. But we don’t. So we look for other options.

Why we love Berkey

Whole house filtration systems are the best option, but they’re extremely expensive. It is also expensive and wasteful to continually buy bottled water. Not to mention, sometimes these companies are just using the same municipal tap water you’re trying to avoid. Brita pitchers have limited filtering capabilities and filters that have to be continually replaced.

Berkey Water Filtration Systems claim to be the most effective, economical water purifiers available. (Matt did the math and the Royal Berkey beat out the cost of the current water purification system we use.) These filtering systems will filter out the bad, while leaving the good. According to the Berkey website:

Berkey water filter systems are far superior to other filtration systems because they remove harmful pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, and unhealthy chemical contaminants such as Chlorine to levels higher than 99.99%, while at the same time leaving in the essential minerals your body needs.

The Royal Berkey Water Filter

Royal Berkey Water Filter

The Royal Berkey is a beauty! It’s constructed out of polished stainless steel, so you won’t have to worry about plastics or other contaminants leaching into your purified water. It has a capacity of 3.25 gallons of water.

The powerful Black Berkey purification elements are capable of filtering treated (municipal) water and also raw untreated water from lakes, streams, etc. The set of 2 Black Berkey filters inside the Royal Berkey will filter up to 6,000 gallons of water. This means if you drink 10 gallons per week, you won’t have to replace the filters for more than 11 years!

What does this water purifier filter out?

Black Berkey Purification Elements

This system filters out those nasty trihalomethanes produced by chlorine. It also completely removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts, and parasites, while extracting herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, and VOCs. It reduces minerals such as lead and mercury while retaining all the beneficial minerals we need. In addition, it removes odors and unpleasant tastes. Optional fluoride filters can also be purchased separately if your municipal water source contains fluoride.

Enter to win a Royal Berkey Water Filter

Follow these 3 simple steps to enter the giveaway:

1. Click on the link below to visit the Berkey website. This is the mandatory entry. After you visit the link, just return to this article and complete steps 2 and 3.

(NOTE:If you can’t see the link above it’s because you have ad blocking software enabled or javascript disabled. Please disable your ad blocker or enable javascript to see the link.)

2. Click the link in the Rafflecopter widget below to show you performed the mandatory entry of visiting the Berkey website.

3. Sign up for extra entries using the Rafflecopter widget. You can earn extra entries for following Big Berkey on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest – for sharing this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ – and 5 extra entries for re-pinning this post on Pinterest.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. 

A winner will be chosen via We will announce the lucky winner on Monday, April 29th, 2013 in our newsletter and on Facebook and Google+. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us with his or her full name, address, and phone number. There is no purchase necessary to win.

Bonus Coupon Details

As a bonus, Big Berkey is offering DIY Natural readers a 5% off coupon on all their products through the end of May. Just enter coupon code Giveaway2013 at checkout to receive your discount.

Best of luck to everyone!


Disclosure: has a business and affiliate relationship with Berkey and may receive a commission on referrals or sales generated.

Betsy Jabs

About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebook, Twitter, and her +Betsy Jabs Google profile.

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  1. Lindsey Fratto says

    Praying we win this one, it would be such a huge blessing. I’ve been saving up for a berkey, because I have a lot of chemical sensitivities and am allergic to chlorine. We haven’t been able to afford this yet. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

  2. April says

    Would be nice to win this and have clean cooking water plus drinking water. Thanks for having this giveaway

  3. Shannan says

    I just purchased an electric tea kettle and am disgusted by what my water looks like in this. I can see grime and particles. I would love to win this to have clean water!

  4. Kayla Block says

    Wish I knew how to access my Javascript! Not sure how that works, how to find it, how to change it. Can I prove I went to the Berkey Website another way?

  5. JoAnne Kinyon says

    Oh I wish we would win! I have been saving up to purchase one and other expenses keep getting in the way!! We drink so much water and I would like it to be as clean as possible for my 3 little ones! Thanks!

  6. Marsha says

    It is a dream of mine to some day own a Berkey! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  7. Nancy says

    What an exciting and healthy give away, I’m so excited! I’m having a bit of a problem for some reason getting all of the credits. I received 1 credit for watching the video, but nothing for liking them on facebook. I logged into Pinterest (which we have in my husband’s name Kurt), so obviously that would be a problem. I pinned several items under survival/preparedness. Is there any thing I can do to fix any of these glitches? I appreciate any help you or Royal Berkey Water Filter can give me. Thanks for all you do to educate and bring joy to so many.

    • Betsy JabsBetsy Jabs says

      If you’ve completed those things, all you need to do is come back to this page, get into the Rafflecopter widget, and click that you’ve completed those extra entries. The Rafflecopter widget will give you credit for those things. Does that make sense?

  8. Lisa says

    I would really love to win one of these. My local health food store has one and the water from it tastes great!

  9. willowsprite says

    Great giveaway! We live in rural-town northern Alberta and the water here is awful! It alternates between smelling very chlorine-y to swampy to, ahem, OTHER-smelly. It seems the only options here are buy your water in a giant jug or just “suck it up.” Go to any store here in Canada looking for a filtration system and it’s Brita. That’s it. Brita. Yay.

  10. Shanna says

    Live in town with fluoride and who knows what else in my water. 🙁 Have wanted one of these since learning about them from Mommypotamus. Thanks for the chance to win one! 🙂

  11. Shell says

    Oh so excited for this! Having my little one in 7 weeks, so water quality us so important, now more than ever!

  12. Teri S says

    Thanks for the opportunity!!! I’ve been looking for a water filter that filters out fluoride!!!

  13. Kim Speed says

    We live in a city, so I have been looking at these filters. Would love to be able to get clean water for my food allergic kids and myself too!

  14. Anna says

    Thank you so much for this chance to win! I keep hearing about Berkeys, and how much chlorine and fluoride our local water has in it–it tastes horrible once it’s been sitting in a glass at room temp.. Hope I can change that in my house!

  15. Diane says

    My sister just got one of these and told me about them. I live in the country, surrounded by farmed fields. I used to think it was a good thing but their chemicals are leaching into my well water. My whole house filter and the filter on my drinking water are not enough, sadly.

  16. Marci Honsberger says

    I would love to win this. I’m very suspicious that something isn’t quite right with my well water.

  17. Pat says

    I’ve been putting off getting new filters for my under-the-sink filtration unit because it’s 12 years old. I would love to win a Royal Berkey instead…it’s so PRETTY!! I <3 drinking water and I <3 shiny things!

  18. Rhonda says

    I have been searching for a water filter to remove flouride…would love to have this system….

  19. Nan says

    Discovered you while googling for homemade soap – really glad I did! Am having fun wandering all over your informative website!

  20. leti benson says

    I clivked on the link but when I come back yo this page to ener it tells me to click the link above, and give me a space to tpye something. What am I suppose to put there?

      • Matt Jabs says

        Okay, I have adjusted that field so it no longer asks you to type anything in – apologies for that. If you clicked the link that says, “Click here to enter to win a Royal Berkey Water Filter — a $283 value!” then you’re done and can move on to the other options in the Rafflecopter widget.

  21. Sharon B. says

    I tried both Firefox (browser of choice!) and IE (which I usually have to use when attempting entries with Rafflecopter), but neither will work when I click on the link to go to Berkey site. I have pop-up blockers but have allowed for this purpose. It simply doesn’t work. ::sniff sniff:: .

    I’d love to win a Big Berkey because the water in my city is ‘questionable.’

    Am I doing something wrong, or is there a problem?

  22. Bridget says

    my sister and i would love a berkey! have put it off for far too long! crossing my fingers 😉

  23. Betty Hammersley says

    the products are awesome–Living in the country without good water purification, I too, would like to drink to my health with the help of Berkey Water Filter system.

  24. Shannon says

    I could not get the first widget to work by just clicking on the link to the website so after I went to the website I copied and pasted the address. I hope that is sufficient! We have been eyeing this system for awhile, but it is beyond our current budget, so thank goodness for great giveaways!

  25. ra thompson says

    tried to pin it on pinterest but couldn’t find it to do so although I was able to ‘follow all’…??…we buy water and would love to process our own…

  26. Danielle M says

    LOVE your site! I live in NJ (Dirty Jersey) where there is nothing but chemical & pharmaceutical run-off in our water! I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at a really young age & know that pure water is a necessity! I recommend this water filter all the time on my website (because I know it’s the best), but haven’t been able to purchase one for myself. This has been on my wish list for forever now, so fingers crossed I win! Thanks for having this giveaway!

  27. KimH says

    I have a Big Berkey but I’d love to give one of my kids one as well.. Crossing my fingers & toes. 😉

  28. Kimberly Mitchell says

    I have wanted a Berkey filter since I first found out about them 6 months ago, however, they would not ship to Iowa. Would so love to win this. Thank you so much for making it available.

    • Matt Jabs says

      For Iowa and California residents you would need to have Berkey ship it to someone you know in a nearby state, then have them ship it to you. This is a limitation because of those states, not because of Berkey… but you can still win!

  29. kristin yoshimura says

    I would really like to enter the contest but I cannot figure out how to make rafflecopter work. This isn’t the first time. 🙁 Thanks for posting about this product, though. I REALLY want one!

    • Veronika Griffin says

      yep, having the same problem! I really do need a good water filter and it seems that this Berkley Water Filter is the one to…uh…win! I really could not buy one right now – so winning is the right thing to do(smiling)! Thank you so much for this opportunity – keeping my fingers crossed…

  30. Paula says

    Currently, i am looking for a water purification system. This would be a welcome addition to our kitchen.

  31. Beth says

    I would so so love to win this–clean water is so important to me & my current system is doable, but not optimal…thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Anne says

    WOW I have been wanting a Berkey but too much $$$ right now. I tried this 3 times and nothing happened, kept being told I had to go to the site with your link, which I did each time….I must be doing something wrong…:(

    • Matt Jabs says

      If you clicked the link and visited their site then you’re good, now just use the Rafflecopter widget to complete more entries (following Berkey from your social media accounts and sharing it there too).

  33. kathy says

    the link would not put me through to the website. i went there on my own so dont know if it will count it as done. have looked at these foryears. awesome give away

  34. Janel says

    What a wonderful giveaway…I would so love to win this!!! Thank you for this opportunity!
    Janel in NJ

  35. Anne says

    We have no water filter system, and I have wanted one for a long time. I would love to be drinking pure, clean water!

  36. Dee says

    Dear Betsy, I jumped with Joy when I saw the giveaway Berkey, I live in the country and I have to purchase me water in 5 gallon jugs.. expensive and difficult to carry home. I am a breast cancer survivor and I have been told NOT to drink my water, difficulty entering the Berkey giveaway.. why so many steps? HELP I love this product.