following is an exerpt of a direct communication
by Ceramic Filters Company Inc., used with their
1989 - Ceramic Filters
Company, Inc. started (In America) as the sole
Agent and Importer for Fairey Industrial Ceramics,
which are the manufactors of the authentic Doulton
ceramic water filters, and owners of the British
Berkefeld® brand of water filter housings.
1998 Ceramic Filters
Company, Inc. started dealing with NMCL
for the sale of British Berkefeld®
branded gravity filter products
1999 Ceramic Filters
Company, Inc. signed an agreement with NMCL
for NMCL to be
the sole distributor for the British Berkefeld.®
branded water filtering housing and internals.
We also created (at his request) the Big Berkey®
which originally used 9 filters instead
of the 7 filters used everywhere else
in the world so that he had a competing unit
against Katadyns gravity unit. NMCL
then trademarked the name Berkey®
and Big Berkey® in the US. We
then introduced the Crown & Royal units
for NMCL for people
wanting a larger unit.
advised us they was developing a new water filter
element and housing for it to be used in, and
that it would help sales of their units and
would not take anything away from British Berkefeld®
sales. Marketing of the Berkey Light® and
Black Berkey® elements happened soon after.
The black elements are being marketed
as a purifier, yet according to
the EPA, in order for a water filter to be deemed
a purifier it must remove bacteria, protozoan
cysts and virus.
Since the black elements do not remove virus,
his claim of a purifier is dubious
These black filters are a modified
spun carbon filtering cartridge, made for a
pressurized water system, not
a gravity drip system. This is why NMCL
tells you to "prime" the black filters
before they can be used. Go to Home Depot -
you can see nearly the same carbon filter there
for under $15.00.
Do an internet search for "problems
with Black Berky® filter" and you'll
see PROOF these filters are NOT what they claim.
Many will seperate from their glued-on base.