Outdoor Berkey Water Filter Systems Can Now Be Shipped to California

We have just been notified that as of 12/4/2012, we are now permitted to sell outdoor Berkey Water Filter Systems to CA. Please see the note from the manufacturer New Millennium Concepts below and list of available products.

"As you know we withdrew sales from the California marketplace when their lead free regulations went into affect. At that time it was our, as well as many other firms, opinion that the Lead Free regulations were too ambiguous, the requirements were too cost prohibitive and that the compliance requirements made it virtually impossible for small and medium sized companies, domiciled outside the state of California, to be in compliance.

Since that time however, the state of California has defined with greater specificity the requirements pertaining to this regulation. In reviewing the updated information and after consulting with our counsel, we have come to the conclusion that Berkey free standing water filtration and purification systems do not fall within the scope of those regulations.

The other stainless systems cannot be shipped to California because they are listed as indoor filtration systems and California has other regulations that still affect some of the products. These regulations prohibit the making of any health claims, such as the removal of pathogenic bacteria, on residential filtration systems. These regulations do not apply to "outdoor" water filtration systems and is why these are now available. Until we have conducted a full review of those regulations, only sales of the following systems and products are now permitted to be made available to customers in state of California:

Sport Berkey
Go Berkey
Travel Berkey
Berkey Light (With or without LED lights)
Black Berkey Filter Elements
SuperSterasyl Elements
PF-2 and PF-4 Filters
All Replacement Parts

Should you have any questions in this regard, please contact us at 877-992-3753 or customerservice@bigberkeywaterfilters.com"

21 Responses to Outdoor Berkey Water Filter Systems Can Now Be Shipped to California

  • doreen minotti
    doreen minotti on December 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm said:

    can the smallest burkey now be shipped to CA and what was the lead problem with the burkeys that CA would not accept them? Is there lead in the water once it is filtered?

  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi Doreen -

    Yes it can, and details on the law can be found in the first link in this article.


  • Kathy Barlean
    Kathy Barlean on December 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm said:

    I take it that you still can't ship to Iowa. Could you tell me why? I read somewhere that it was due to high licensing fees.


  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi Kathy -

    Yes, you are correct, it is due to the high licensing fees the state charges.


  • Storm

    Living in CA I can tell you; They are outright ridiculous with laws, taxes, and social policy. The more I hear about these situations makes me sure that CA is not going to survive much longer in its current condition.

    Just my comments...


  • jj

    WHY on EARTH are you worried about LEAD regulations in california? Your water systems SHOULD NOT have ANY lead in them at all for any reason, what the heck is going on that you could not meet ANY regulation about lead, are you saying there is LEAD in these filters, why?


  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi JJ -

    No, there is not lead in these filters/systems whatsoever, and they are shown to actually remove lead from the water. The issue is not about being able to meet the regulations, but rather the burden of costs put on the company to prove this in CA. This article speaks to the original law and should help provide some clarity:



  • den
    den on May 7, 2013 at 8:28 am said:

    I'm a little confused by the "legalese" used in the regulations and in your response to the California laws. You mention something about the "... other stainless systems..." Is there some allegation that the stainless containers might emit some toxins? Please clarify. Thank you.

  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi Den -

    No, we cannot speak to other companies and their stainless steel, only the products that Berkey manufacturers.


  • Josh

    I live in Ca. so i'm looking to purchase the Berkey light...I'm worried about UV sunlight coming thru the plastic....very sunny in my house. People put brown bags over there 5 gallon containers to prevent a green alge buildup.....really want stainless..what do u think?

  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi Josh -

    Yes, algae can grow in the berkey light if they are exposed to constant sunlight, and not cleaned often. When this does happen, it's typically the upper chamber, not the lower purified chamber. In your case though, we would lean towards the stainless system.


  • Jane

    So could a Berkey Water Filter System be shipped to a friend in a nearby state, say Nevada, then driven to CA? Or is that a big no-no also?

  • Dan DeBaun

    Hi Jane -

    Yes, this is permissible.


  • Ben Miles
    Ben Miles on December 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm said:

    Is it possible for those of us in Commiefornia (CA) to buy from you each piece of the Berkley system we want and we assemble it here at home in Commiefornia (CA)? Can you sell them like that?

  • Big Berkey Water Filters

    Hi Ben -

    No, unfortunately not at this time. You would need to send this system to a friend or relative outside of the state and have them forward it in.


  • Paul

    I hate California!!!!!!
    Seeing that the Berkey systems approved for sale in California have the SAME EXACT FILTER ELEMENTS as the non approved. Why dont you label ALL Berkey systems as outdoor systems and be done with all the California BS?
    Did I mention I Hate California?!?!?!?!

  • Dan DeBaun

    We agree Paul. Unfortunately we cannot change the designation for one state.


  • eunicev
    eunicev on March 13, 2014 at 11:34 am said:

    Do you have a store front that we could just drive to in Nevada like Reno where we could drive to from Northern Cal?

  • admin

    Hi Eunicev -

    No, there are no stores in Reno. Most of our sales are done over the internet.


  • Communist Downsizing Specialist
    Communist Downsizing Specialist on March 15, 2014 at 6:33 am said:

    This is yet ANOTHER reason we are working on creating the State of Jefferson!!!!

  • Jasper Wild
    Jasper Wild on April 15, 2014 at 1:27 am said:

    Yo! Common Demented Fool, Stop drinking your polluted Kool-aid and get on a diet of reality and good pure water. There are still real communists that hate America, but Berkey water filters is not part of you'r imagined conspiracy.