A few months ago my 2 year old granddaughter pulled on the factory plastic Royal Berkey water filter spigot. Something cracked or broke because the spigot started leaking where it connected to the Royal Berkey housing.
The spigot was removed from the Berkey, gaskets were checked, everything put back together and it still leaked. Something was broke so time to find a replacement.
While looking for a replacement I decided I did not want to go back with the factory spigot. I got on amazon, looked around and came across a Stainless Steel works beverage dispenser. What caught my eye was the high rating from uses.
I took the leap and ordered two of them. One for the Royal Berkey and one for a tea dispenser.
When the spigot was unpacked and opened some kind of liquid came out of it. To be on the safe side I washed the spigot in hot water with dawn dish washing liquid, then air dried for an hour or so.
The gaskets of the new spigot are of much greater quality than the factory spigot. When installing the original spigot the rubber o-ring got off center and there was only about 1/16 of an inch of the gasket that was catching.
The stainless steel nut on the inside was tightened with a 3/4 in craftsman 12 point wrench.
After the spigot was installed the top section was filled so water covered the top of the filters. I wanted to see how long it would take for the filters to go from dry to being able to get a cup of water.
Three and a half hours later I was able to get 3 – 4 cups of water from the Royal Berkey.
Overall I am very happy with the new replacement spigot.
The Little Things Matter
When my grand daughter pulled on the spigot and it started leaking I realized how small items such as a simple spigot could make a huge difference in a long term SHTF survival situation.
A leaking spigot would have compromised my post-SHTF water purification plans. This simple childs mistake could have made a huge impact on my overall plans.
Rather than go back with a plastic or factory spigot I decided to go with stainless steel and only a spigot that had very high user ratings on amazon.
Keeping a Spare Berkey Spigot
The reason why I ordered two spigots was so that I could replace a broken spigot on a tea dispenser. This would act as a spare in the event the spigot on the berkey broke or started leaking.
If this spigot has no issues in the next month or so I am going to replace the spigots on all my tea and beverage dispensers in the house. This will give me several spares in the event of an emergency.