Berkey Water Systems
The water that flows from our taps that we use for drinking, cooking and bathing originates from surface waters such as streams, rivers and lakes, or from underground water sources such as aquifers. A wide range of harmful pollutants can make their way into these water sources, including sediment, toxic algae, disease causing bacteria such as e.coli, as well as heavy metals and harmful chemicals. Consuming water contaminated with these pollutants can cause a wide range of health problems including gastrointestinal upsets, neurological disorders and reproductive problems, as well as other serious health issues such as cancer.
Knowing what is in your water is the first step to ensuring that the water you drink won't harm your health. If you are aware that your water contains harmful contaminants you are armed with the knowledge to do something constructive about it by taking measures to remove these contaminants. Below are some ways of finding out what exactly is in your water, and whether it is safe for you and your family to drink straight from the tap, or whether you would be better off filtering it to remove any toxic pollutants that could pose a health risk.
Get your Water Tested
In order to be 100% certain of what is or isn't in your water, you would be well advised to have your drinking water tested by a reputable laboratory. Call the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline to find the name of a water testing lab near you. You will need to take a sample of your tap water for them to test.
My Water is Contaminated, Now What?
If you find that your tap water contains harmful contaminants that you are not happy ingesting, all is not lost. Many common drinking water pollutants, including bacteria, sediment, heavy metals, chemicals and more can be removed by a quality drinking water filter like the Big Berkey water filters. In fact, considering that water is so vital for our well being, purchasing a good quality drinking water filter is arguably the best investment you can make towards your family's health. Click here to learn more about water safety.
Why a Berkey Water Filter System?
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.
What Does Berkey Water Filter Remove?
Scientifically tested and proven, Berkey Water Filter have microfilaments that can filter sediments and remove turbidity that is caused by chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.
Berkey Water Filters can remove
Fluoride - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Viruses – Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Pathogenic Bacteria - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Lead - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Arsenic - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Iron - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Mercury - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Chlorine - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Trihalomethane(THMs) – Removed to greater than 99.8%.
Bisphenol-A - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Chloramines - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Pharmaceuticals - Removed to greater than 99.5%.
Petroleum Contaminants - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Methylcyclohexane-methane - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Pesticides - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Heavy Metals - Removed to greater than 99.1%.
Coliform and e-Coli - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Atrazine - Removed to greater than 99.9%.
Uranium - Removed to greater than 97.0%.
Gross Alpha emitters - Removed to greater than 98.7%.
Does Berkey water filter remove fluoride?
Yes, the Black Berkey Purification Elements can initially reduce Fluoride to greater than 99.9%.
However, the efficiency of removing Fluoride begins to lose after a few hundred gallons. To reduce fluoride effectively, you will still need to use additional post filters that work in conjunction with the Black Berkey Filters in your system, which is called the Berkey PF-2 Elements. A set of Berkey PF-2 elements can remove Fluoride for up to 1,000 gallons.
The Berkey PF2 Fluoride Water Filter can be augmented to the Black Berkey Water Elements to eliminate impurities like arsenic, MTBE, fluoride and other heavy metals. It will remove any types of inorganic fluoride salts. All fluoride salts are soluble in water. So it does not matter what fluoride salts that are in the water, fluoride is present as an anion where the media will absorb fluoride ions in water.
Test Results of Berkey Water Filter
Envirotek Laboratories, Inc., New Jersey
The results confirm that Berkey Water Filter can remove chloramines, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, heavy metals and other harmful elements in the water.
Bisphenol-A which is a common endocrine disruptor found in PET plastic bottles were removed to greater than 99.9% when bottled water was poured out into the Berkey.
Chloramine which is now the substitute of the most refilling station to chlorine for water disinfection was also removed to greater than 99.9%.
Pharmaceuticals are now a big concern in the water supply that affects the health of people, but after the testing, Berkey removed greater than 99.5% of it in the water.
Moreover, due to oil spills that happened around the world, our water has become contaminated with petroleum.
Petroleum Contaminants (Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil) were removed to greater than 99.9%. Not only oil spills affect the water, but also the Pesticides. The result after the testing was, these pesticides were also removed to greater than 99.9%.
Heavy metals were removed to greater than 99.1% after it was poured into the Berkey.
Coliform and e-Coli were also removed to over 99.9% after the testing.
Another laboratory conducted series of tests for Berkey Water Filter. The result shows that the filters are setting a new standard for gravity fed water filtration and purification system.
Additional new potential contaminants that show significant reduction of 95% or greater in Nitrites, MBAs or Methylene Blue Active Substances, and Arsenic.
It is very remarkable that in all testing conducted on Berkey Water Filters, reduction occurred in excess of the reporting limit for each test which means that reduction levels were achieved in every case. Not only that it was achieved, but it also exceeds the testing limitation of the laboratory.
Analytical Services, Inc. (ASI)
Microbiological testing, research and consulting also tested Berkey Water Filters. The objective of the examination for Berkey Water Filter was to establish preliminary data regarding the efficacy of viral removal or inactivation from clean water.
After a series of testing, Berkey Water Filter showed a great result that again exceeded the expectation of the laboratory. The results of the leaching control samples suggest that no active antimicrobial agent is leaching into the treated water. Under the test conditions, the Berkey Water Filter exceeded the minimum log reduction requirements specified for all three types of microorganisms.
The three laboratories that tested the effectiveness of Berkey Water Filter showed significant results to prove that Berkey Water Filters can purify water, not just filtering water.
The results were purely positive and had exceeded the expectations of each laboratory.
Here we have test results for "Black Berkey Elements," "Organic Testing Results," "PERFLUORINATED CHEMICALS REDUCTION TEST REPORT" and "Sport Berkey Filter Elements."
After reading the information on this page, I encourage you to do some research on your own. If you decide that you would like to invest in a Berkey Water Filter System, I would be more than happy to help you. I am a Berkey Affiliate with Big Berkey Water Filters. I own a Royal Berkey System and absolutely love it! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.
You can also go to the Big Berkey Water Filter website to learn more or to order your Berkey Water Filter System.
Here is a handy Water Filter Calculator to help you determine what size best fits your daily water needs.