Amphora, urn, pot for water purification, detox, conditioning and energizing

(14 customer reviews)


Purify your Tap Water with this stunning handmade traditional terracotta clay Amphora with cork ball or cork bung. Holds either 1, 2, 5, 7 or 25 litres. Detox, purify and energise your tap water. Transform water for drinking, tea making, cooking, home brewing, fermenting and for sensitive plant care.


With our Clay Amphora you can Purify Tap Water and turn it into Living Water. Clay amphorae have been used for some 6-7000 years for the transport and storage of liquid and food. These traditional amphora are not only beautifully proportioned and finished, but they transform the quality, aroma and taste of tap water. They are supplied with either a cork ball or a cork bung. Create the healthiest, freshest tasting and most energised water without using plastics, cartridges at all and receive your amphora in our plastic-free packaging.

What is an Amphora used for?

Tests on our amphora have shown that they do purify, detoxify, condition and energise tap water.

These classically styled amphorae have been made to order by a fourth generation potter in Spain in red terracotta. Spain has a tradition of making amphora since the Roman times. You will need to provide your own bowl, or fully glazed plant saucer or dish to stand the amphora in.

Amphora Conditioned Water Test Results

Our preliminary laboratory tests on water which has been conditioned in our traditional clay amphora overnight are back with exciting results.

Purity Assured

1/ Water conditioned in our amphora overnight (8 hours) is 100% potable i.e. there is no migration of undesirable elements from the body of the pot into the water. Please don’t just use any old clay pot for conditioning your water – some clays contain fungicides, others leach heavy metals and fluorides or contaminants from the firing process.

Massively Reduces Nitrates

2/ Where the average Nitrate level in our tap water is 27.2mg/l. Water purified in our pots showed a level of just 4mg/l Nitrates. Many of the nitrates in the water comes from fertilizer run-off. Ammonia, Arsenic, Lead and mercury were also reduced in our purified water test sample.

Alkalinises Water

3/ On average my tap water is pH 7. Water which had been conditioned in the amphora overnight showed an increase in alkalinity to pH 7.8.  Scientifically minded customers will know that the pH scale is logarithmic, and so this represents a large increase. Alkaline water is much better for us.

Reduces Bacteria

4/ Bacterial colony counts were also reduced. Water from the tap should be free of the bacteria, however colonies do appear over time. On average my tap water forms 1 colony of bacteria at 22 degrees Celsius over 3 days and 3 colonies at 37 degrees Celsius over 2 days. Water conditioned in the amphora overnight showed less than 1 colony at on days 2 and 3. Water conditioned in the clay amphora show none of the following bacteria at all: Coliforms, Eschererichia coli, Enterococci or Sulphite reducing Clostridia. WHO recommends that filtered and chlorinated water is purified in clay pots in Africa to eliminate chloride resistant bacteria, but they leave it in the pot for 2 days. If you think that you have bacteria in your tap water you should boil it and contact your water board. I have included the WHO recommendations just so you can see that water conditioned in the clay amphora pass all of the microbiological tests with flying colours. The water from our taps should be bacteria free, but sometimes it is isn’t. Contamination is surprisingly frequent. Do you need to purify your tap water?

Increases Electrolytes in Water

5/ The amphora conditioned water is more energetic – the conditioned water saw a rise in conductivity from 698 to 742 uS/cm. The result indicates that the conditioned water is richer in electrolytes, even after being sent in a plastic sample jar through the post.

Cools Water, Improves Taste, Texture and Aroma

6/ Amphora purified water tastes clean, refreshing, pure and cool. Whether you see these amphorae as purely functional or as showy decorative urns, they always look gorgeous and they are suited both modern and historical settings. When the pot is filled to the base of the neck, the water is contained within the egg shaped belly of the pot. The egg shape is the ideal flow form for the circulation of liquids in nature.

Ordering your Amphora

Price includes UK mainland carriage. I am sorry, I will not be able to fulfill non-Mainland, European or Rest of the World orders for this amphora for this price. Please email if you are off the UK mainland and I will obtain a shipping quote for you. Sizes and capacities are approximate.

How to Use Your Amphora to Improve your Drinking Water

Preparing your pot for use.  Make sure that you have chosen a sturdy waterproof plant saucer, glazed on both sides, or a sturdy glazed bowl on which to stand the amphora – These pots are fired to retain some permeability to aid in water cooling and the pot may condense water from the air on the outside. The bowl will catch all the drips and keep your floor or work surface dry.

Find an ideal location for your amphora: Out of direct sunlight, with good currents of fresh air circulation. If there is too much direct light, the pot will go green, if the air is too damp and stagnant, the pot could develop mildew on the outside. By finding the ideal location, the need to clean the pot is reduced and the pot produces better water. We keep our next to the sink in the kitchen on a wooden counter. The pot (1 – 7L) will fit on a kitchen counter, under the wall cupboard if they are built to standard heights.

Then fill the pot with water and leave it standing for several days, changing the water once or twice a day. After a few days or up to one week, the water will have no aroma and it will have a clear fresh taste. Now your amphora is ready to use.

Fill the pot with water and allow it to purify, condition and energize over 8 hours or longer depending on the quality of your tap water.

We invite you to conduct your own ‘blind’ taste/aroma/texture tests with your friends between freshly drawn tap, or tap water purified through other means and the water which you have conditioned in your amphora! Each time you refill the pot, empty out any water which has accumulated in the bowl or saucer.

Check the amphora daily to make sure that there is no algae or mildew growth on the outside of the pot. Periodically the pot will need cleaning as residues will accumulate on the outside of the amphora. Other than rinsing with water, the pot should never be cleaned on the inside. The inside of the pot is self cleaning. Pots which are designed in Africa to purify and store drinking water are designed so that you can’t get a hand or ladle inside them and this is exactly what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends. This way the interior of the pot can remain bacteria free.

To Clean the Pot

Try to work out when your pot needs cleaning before it really needs to be cleaned. If the pot has accumulated deposits on the outside, or if any algae or mildew is present, you will need to clean your amphora. It will vary with your water quality, the weather, how you heat your house, where your pot is kept etc.

Empty the pot, and rinse the inside with fresh water. Scrub the outside of the pot with homemade soap nut liquid If there are lots of limescale deposits, you can fortify the soapnut liquid with the addition of clear vinegar. Soap takes time to work you can cut down on scrubbing by leaving the soap to work for longer. Soap can only work while it is wet! Rinse the pot and if possible dry it completely in the sunshine in a secure location. Put the cover on it so nothing nests in it! Make sure the pot can not be blown over or knocked over by animals. It is best not to leave it out overnight. The amphora is now clean and ready for reuse.

The pots do appreciate consideration and good care. In return it will happily provide you with up to many liters of purified water per day – well apart the odd day, when you are cleaning it! Please try not to drop your pot, bash it into a tap, knock it over; please keep up a good cleaning schedule and it could outlive you!

How to Lift the Pot

The 7L amphora weighs about 12kg when filled to the base of the neck. The amphora conditions the water better when it is filled to the base of the neck. The 5L amphora is much lighter and easier to handle when filling and pouring. The 2L amphora is very easy to handle and empty and dry it weighs just over 1.5kg. If you are unsure about your strength I would suggest choosing the smaller pot.

Hold both arms (handles) when lifting the pot and setting it down and use a balanced and controlled stance at all times. Do not hold the pot by the mouth.

Take the pot off its saucer, place the pot back on the work surface and tip the pot keeping the edge of the base in contact with the counter top. I tip the pot in this way over the sink to avoid spillage and so that you can ‘lean’ the pot over in this way with a minimum of effort.

To pour from the pot at waist height, rest the belly of the pot on you hip. I always pour form the pot over my sink, in case of spillage. Support the neck of the amphora with one hand and use the other hand to hold your jug or kettle. By swiveling, rotating or raising the hip you will be able to lower the neck of the pot and allow the water to flow out. Remember the outside of the pot is wet, so I wouldn’t do this if I was wearing clothing which could be stained by water.

The 25L amphora is mainly used by home brewers to de-chlorinate and purify the water used in the brew liquor. I keep the 25L amphora on the ground. To fill these large amphora, I keep the pot on the ground and fill it up with several large saucepans of water. To pour the water out, I hold the right pot handle with my left hand, tilt the pot to the left and use the right hand to lift the pot from the base.

Enjoy purifying your tap water. Even more, enjoy drink fresh tasting, cool, detoxified and energized water.


Size of Amphora Unit of Measure Circumference Height
2L inches 21.5 11
cm 54 28
5L inches 27.75 14.5
cm 71.5 37
7L inches 34.5 16
cm 88 40
25L inches 42 22
cm 107 56

If you are not in the UK and would like one of these huge amphora, please email us first – we need to make sure we have the right packaging on hand before you place your order.

Our test was conducted on water which had been conditioned in the amphora for 8 hours. So you will be able to re-fill each amphora 2-3 times per day.


Can I use water purified in this amphora to brew kefir and kombucha?

Yes, save your self the trouble of lugging bottles of water back from the supermarket. Just fill up your pot and leave the water to purify overnight. You can use it for kefir production, kombucha nurture, home brewing, fermentation brines, making detox teas, herbal infusions and a superior cup of tea!

Any Special Tips on Water Purification for Home Brewers?

Be aware that the amphora will also cool the water. So do check the temperature before using it, to make sure it is in the range of your yeast. Or add the water straight onto the fruit and wait for it to achieve the right temperature before you add the yeast.

14 reviews for Amphora, urn, pot for water purification, detox, conditioning and energizing

  1. jade

    Had my eye on this beautiful amphora for a while before I took the plunge and I am so glad I did. Made the switch from tap to bottled fairly recently as my tap water became unbearable – with this it’s fresh, tastes of nothing but pure clean water, and is the perfect cool temperature.

    Even my mum who has drank bottled water for the last 14 years and has spent approx £2555 on bottled water admits this tastes incredible. She’s converted too! It will have paid for itself in 70 days of bottled water.

    Only downside is it took a week to condition and it was so tough to wait!

  2. Kyle

    I’ve had the 2 x 2 Litre Amphora pots for a little over week now and the water tastes amazing, cool, perfect temperature and out of this world ! Thank you 🙂

  3. sara paton

    I love my 2 litre amphora! It looks so lovely in my kitchen and the water tastes great! The dogs and cats love it too! 😂 i might have to order a bigger one soon!

  4. Marie (verified owner)

    I’m thrilled to bits with my Amphorae! I started out with the 2-litre, which to be honest was enough for my needs when used judiciously. I would fill two 1-litre glass bottles first thing in the morning, refill the urn, then 8 or so hours later I’d have another 2 litres ready for to go.

    It’s such a beautiful object that it took approximately one heartbeat to agree when my husband suggested ordering the 4-litre urn as well. I’m glad I did, mainly for what follows… I like to add Great Lakes powdered collagen to my green tea, to help my poor old brittle bones. Water boiled straight from the tap would turn the tea unattractively cloudy. The first time I used water from the urn, I noticed the cloudiness was barely there (I’m assuming nasties in the tap water had caused a reaction). Leaving water in the Amphora for longer than the suggested 8 hours – 10 or 12 – resulted in an even bigger improvement and the tea is now completely clear. In short, I prefer to let the clay do its magic for longer, which didn’t suit my bottling system as it was too long to wait for the second batch. And besides, I can stop being so mean with my Amphora water – even the dog gets it now.

    One last thing – I can’t say enough good things about Sally, who helpfully answered all my awkward questions in great detail. She’s a goldmine of information when it comes to all things healthy.

  5. Peter Ward

    A fantastic product that is well worth the investment for healthier, tastier water and won’t look out of place in any home. Fully recommend it to anyone!

  6. Kate (verified owner)

    I’ve had the 2 litre one for some months and am very, very happy with it. I’ve tried all sorts of water filtration devices in my time, but this suits me the best – not plastic filters to throw away or bamboo squares to crumble. It’s also beautiful to look at, suits my style and produces lots of water when I need it to (3 filters per day = 5 – 6 litres, enough to make stock). Recommend very highly.

  7. Bridget

    I ordered several Amphora’s, a 7 liter and two 2 liters, they arrived safely. I absolutely LOVE mine. The water is pure!!!!!! It taste like fresh well water. No more bottled water for me. The vendor is SO incredible. Extremely helpful and very responsive to questions. This is the best purchase I have made in years!!!!!!!

  8. Anon (verified owner)

    Loving my smaller amphora, it is so perfect. It still doesn’t need cleaning after all these months – wow! Thanks again

  9. Ross Warner (verified owner)

    I’ve had my Amphora for about 3 months now, and have gradually fallen in love with it. I’ve personally not tasted any better water that I can recollect. Also has been so handy for making brines for vegtable ferments and topping up my krauts. A beautiful and functional addition to my kitchen.
    I use the 2L for my own drinking water, soaking legumes and ferments.. and just about have enough to go round 🙂

  10. darren bullman

    Water tastes so much better, blind tested my whole family, young and old and all chose the water that had been in the Amphora Pot 🙂

  11. Marj Ashton (verified owner)

    Brilliant and attractive in my kitchen , I bought the 2 litre amphora and the water tastes delicious and cool

  12. Lakshmi

    A beautiful item in my kitchen and love how it keeps the water at just the right temperature for drinking

  13. Judy Barber (verified owner)

    The amphora really does raise the ph to a healthier level. I checked it with ph strips after the first couple of uses and then again after regular use and this is still the case. I wish you could supply a smaller one for use with my distilled water! It’s also a beautiful object in my kitchen and a joy to use. Thank you

  14. Kevin Walkinshaw

    I bought the Amphora approximately six weeks ago. My wife and I immediately noticed a difference in the taste of the water. After leaving tap water in the Amphora over night the water tastes sweeter and looks clearer. Friends and family also commented on how good the water tasted. I dowse for health and checked our tap water. The tap water scores 160 beneficial for our health. After spending its time in the amphora the water scores 400 beneficial for our health. This is the maximum score. I would recommend this ancient system to anyone sick of drinking highly chemicalized tap water.

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