Why Berkey? What makes Berkey water filters so special?
♛ Berkey Works Better Than Any Gravity Filters Available!
Berkey® systems equipped with Black Berkey Elements remove up to 99.999% of viruses and 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria, while also removing or dramatically reducing Bacteria like E. coli,
Herbicides & Pesticides,
protozoa, Inorganic minerals, VOCs, Petroleum products, Perfluorinated chemicals, Rust, Silt, Sediment and even Radiologicals.
Berkey filters produce the most Healthful Drinking Water available. Berkey Water Filter can remove hundreds of contaminants from the water and purify more than any other gravity filters available. Black Berkey Elements exceed EPA 7 ANSI/NSF Protocols and are Independently Tested by EPA/NSF Certified Lab. (see the complete list of contaminants Berkey can remove)
♛ Berkey Makes Your Water Taste Delicious
Berkey Water Filter makes your water taste much better by filtering out all of the toxins but leaving the minerals in the water as it should be. You will notice a difference right away.
♛ Berkey For Emergency Preparedness
Berkey Water Filter is a great survival gear in emergency situations as it works without the need for electricity and be able to purify raw, untreated water from remote lakes and streams.
♛ Berkey Saves Your Money
Berkey Water Filter is the most economical water purification system available as you can purify water for about three cents per gallon and it will last for years.
♛ Berkey is Simple and Easy
Berkey Water Filter does not require to be connected to your home plumbing system. A complete standalone system that can be set up in less than 10 minutes without any tools.
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Berkey systems have become the leader in home water purification.
What is a Berkey Water Filter? Berkey Water Filter is the world's most effective and cost-effective personal water purification system. It uses gravity water filtration technology to remove toxic elements, parasites, bacteria, and hundreds of other contaminants from water without removing the beneficial minerals and without the use of any electricity.
Berkey offers options to fit every family size and budget. They fit easily in most kitchens. Berkey systems can be used during power outages, outdoor camping, or unexpected events. Berkey systems can efficiently purify ordinary tap water or even raw, untreated water from remote lakes and streams.
A Berkey System is the best way to ensure your family has a constant supply of fresh, pure drinking water.
Berkey Water Filters and Purification Systems are Top-sellers For a Reason.
Our products are long-lasting (6,000 Gallons for a pair of black filters) and easy to install. Berkey filters remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria (9-log reduction) and 99.999% of viruses.
Berkey systems can efficiently purify ordinary tap water or even raw, untreated water from remote lakes and streams without the use of electricity.
Berkey removes Bacteria, Viruses, Chlorine, Pesticides, Herbicides, Fluoride, and other unhealthy contaminants without removing the beneficial and nutritional minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind. The cost of water purification is just about three cents per gallon.
Many water filters on the market may claim to be water purifiers but do not meet the performance specifications required for this classification. To be classified as a water purifier, a water treatment device must remove at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and reduce viruses by 99.99%.
The Black Berkey Purification Elements can be classified as water purifiers because Berkey remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses, which significantly exceeds the standard. The Black Berkey Purification Element formulation has been tested by State and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53.
The Black Berkey filters (purification elements) can reduce viruses down to the nanometer scale, in the tested range of 24-26 nanometers; 24-26 nanometers is .024 to .026 microns.
Through diligent testing and research, we have proven that Berkey water filters remove unwanted contaminants below detectable levels. Until these test results were made public, words like non-detectable were seldom used to describe a water filter's ability to remove harmful pollutants.
If you're concerned about Fluoride and seeking to remove Fluoride from the water,
get our Fluoride Removal Filters PF-2 which can reduce Fluoride and Arsenic for over 95%.
Berkey Water Filters can remove
See the Laboratory Testing Results.
Berkey water filters are the most effective remover of microorganisms that cause diseases. Its stainless chambers are corrosive-free and are so convenient to clean as well as to maintain. It resists chemical reactions and does possess a scratch-proof quality.
Berkey Water Filters are the world's most effective and most cost-effective personal water purification systems available.
Berkey Water Filters for Emergency Preparedness
You simply pour water straight from the upper chamber of stainless water containers then safe and filtered potable drinking water is now stored in the lower chamber, ready for drinking.
Berkey water filters are the best choice because it's easy to use even without electricity, and they are simple, healthy, efficient, cost-friendly, eco-wise, and highly reliable.
The need for accessible drinking water becomes urgent during an emergency or natural disaster. Berkey systems are ideal water purification systems when treated tap water may not be available.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that every household develop an emergency preparedness kit that includes food and water for each family member for several days.
Gravity filtration has been used by relief organizations such as UNICEF, the Peace Corps, Red Cross Societies Internationally, missionaries, and relief workers worldwide. With the Berkey system of gravity purification, you can obtain safe drinking water after emergencies such as blackouts, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.
Berkey water filters are utilized worldwide to set the international standard for water filters used in clean or hostile filtration environments.
Comparison of Berkey Purification to Reverse Osmosis
Based on current research, many health experts no longer recommend drinking Reverse Osmosis or Distilled water long-term because these methods strip out all of the beneficial minerals from the water, making the water an acidic “hypotonic” solution.
Berkey Purification systems do not remove all beneficial minerals from the water. Still, they extract harmful heavy metals such as lead and mercury and sedimentary minerals such as iron oxide. Therefore, the TDS reading will not typically change much unless there are a lot of heavy metals or sedimentary minerals within the source water.
Reverse Osmosis does not remove pathogenic bacteria, so it is often necessary to add an additional UV light to the system. However, the UV sometimes does not kill all the bacteria because any turbidity in the water can create shaded spots, preventing some bacteria from being exposed, whereas the Black Berkey Purification elements remove them.
Reverse Osmosis systems typically are the most expensive due to the cost of the system and the additional expense of having the system plumbed in. Reverse Osmosis systems that are adequately maintained typically cost between 45-75 cents per gallon. A Berkey system typically costs about 2.8 cents per gallon.
Here is why you need water purifiers.
Berkey systems are the leading gravity-fed water purification solution for outdoor enthusiasts, self-reliant homes, missionaries abroad, relief organizations, and health-aware individuals and families worldwide. Water can be physically deceiving. It may look clear and germ-free, wherein it can contain millions of bacteria. Different kinds of bacteria and viruses can be found in water. Particularly the untreated ones.
Water that is left untreated is hazardous to drink. The ones that have not gone through the process of purification and filtration will result in severe complications in the body. There are a number of illnesses that can result from drinking contaminated water. Examples are amoebiasis, intestinal infections, giardiasis, and alike.
Some older houses could have old pipes and plumbing systems that can introduce copper and other contaminants into the water supply. Even though your local water supply is treated, these contaminants may be able to enter your home as water flows through old, corroded pipes. Purifying your water helps keep these materials out of your drinking water.
Protozoan Parasites. This kind of parasite reproduces by feeding off of animals. The animals serve as their primary source to live and survive. Classified under this contaminant are Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Water containing these microscopic organisms can also cause severe abdominal discomfort and diarrhea.
Escherichia Coli. This is profoundly known as the E.Coli Bacteria. As a matter of fact, E.Coli contributes greatly when it comes to a person's digestion process. It actually helps in breaking down the food into smaller particles. However, it becomes dangerous when it is carried into the upper digestive tract by drinking contaminated water. This can cause food poisoning and other intestinal infections.
Pesticides. This includes the inorganic chemical compounds that are maximized for agricultural matters.
Heavy Metals. Once water is contaminated through this, it can result in kidney problems and even cancer. Elements that belong under this contaminant are zinc, arsenic, mercury, and lead.
Feces. This is very self-explanatory as to how this can be harmful to a person's health once carried inside the body. Regardless of whether it is of a person or animal' still, it is very unsanitary.
- Petroleum. This can contaminate our waters through the oil spills and leakages the occur. Crude Oil is a typical example that is mostly found contaminating our drinking water.
These are only a few, but the most common ones that are endangering our water's reliability. We need to be mindful of other contaminants: pharmaceutical drugs and medicines, sewage leaks, and industrial wastes.
Berkley Water Filter or Berkey Water Filter?
People sometimes call us “Berkley” Water Filter; however, it is Berkey® Water Filter. There is no water filter called “Berkley” Water Filter. It’s a simple misspelling of Berkey.
So don’t worry about if you are getting the right product. When someone talks about our product on a blog, sometimes some blog systems automatically correct the spelling to “Berkley” despite their intention.
Berkey water filters are composed of a proprietary formulation of more than six different media types, constructed into a very compact matrix containing millions of microscopic pores.
These pores are so tiny that they produce what we call a “Tortuous Path” that pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, VOC’s, detergents, cloudiness, silt, sediment and sedimentary minerals, foul tastes, and odors must travel through.
These paths are so small that these pollutants physically cannot pass through them and become trapped, eliminating them from your drinking water.
Here are some of the reasons why you need to have the Berkey Water Filter:
To Remove Chlorine From Water
A lot of cities all over the world make use of chlorine to clean their water supply. Although this process is essential to ensure that we have clean drinking water that is free from microorganisms that could badly affect our health, chlorine is basically bleach, and it also carries many health risks with it. It even puts you at a higher risk of developing bladder and rectal cancer.
Most water utility companies choose to use chlorine as a medium of cleaning tap water because it's easy to use, inexpensive, and very effective in killing off bacteria found in the water. Chlorine can also be very effective in eliminating viruses in the water.
Although chlorine is a good and effective disinfectant, it can make your drinking water smell and taste bad. Your water could be very unpleasant. The chlorine could also react with other metals that can be found in the water, therefore, forming a hazardous compound.
Black Berkey Filters can remove 99.9%, and Berkey Shower Filters can remove 95% of chlorine.
To Remove Fluoride From Water
Fluoride started being added to public water in the 1940s in the united states to improve dental health. We only need a small amount of the mineral fluoride. An excessive amount of it can be toxic, especially to children below 8 years old.
Fluoride is most well known for tooth decay prevention. Fluoride is added to most toothpaste, soil fertilizers, and even water systems, that had caused an alarm worldwide. Anything in excess is not beneficial. This act makes users prone to overconsumption of the mineral, which can cause serious health damage.
Irrefutable evidence shows that high fluoride consumption is directly associated with gastrointestinal problems, low fertility, thyroid and endocrine-related ailments, and even cancer.
Though the Black Berkey Filters alone can remove up to 99.99% of fluoride for a short period, for extra protection, Berkey Fluoride Filters PF-2 can remove up to 97% of fluoride from tap water for up to 1,000 gallons.
To Remove Pathogens From Water
Removing Pathogens is another important reason you need to filter your drinking water. It would be best to keep parasites and bacteria out of your drinking water because they could seriously threaten your and your family’s health.
A pathogen is an infectious agent. Pathogens are biological agents that cause illness to their host. A host is a susceptible animal or human body that these microorganisms feed on and multiply.
Giardia duodenalis, also known as Giardia intestinalis and Giardia lamblia is a microscopic parasite. This organism can survive and thrive in an environment for a long time, taking up to several months. This parasite causes Giardiasis, an illness that causes diarrhea that could last six weeks. The microscopic parasite that causes that kind of illness, along with others of its kind, can be ingested from water that was contaminated with human or animal feces.
Another parasite that could cause the same symptoms mentioned above is called the Cryptosporidium, which even made this parasite dangerous because it is resistant to chlorine, so it needs to be filtered out using a water filter.
Berkey filters can remove 99.9% of bacteria, including pathogenic bacteria and surrogates such as Raoultella terrigena, Bacillus atrophaeus (Anthrax Surrogate), and Salmonella enterica.
For Giardia lamblia, the EPA minimum removal standard is 99.9%, a 3-log reduction. Berkey filters have been tested to reduce Giardia cysts by greater than 99.994% or log 4.6, which exceeds the EPA standard.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s minimum removal standard for Cryptosporidium is 99% or a 2-log reduction. Berkey filters can remove Cryptosporidium to over 99.996% (log 4.6). That is over twice the EPA standard, by log 2.6.
To Remove Lead From Water
Lead in drinking water is one of the greatest environmental threats we face. Lead must be removed from the water you drink because it could be toxic when ingested. Lead is a toxic metal that can harm human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is persistent, and it can bioaccumulate in the body over time. Lead could commonly get into your drinking water by seeping into your water supply when it passes through the old plumbing pipelines or the solder used to join together.
Lead can be removed from the water when you let the water pass through a filter that uses a reverse osmosis mechanism, a carbon filter, or distillation that was specifically designed to remove the metal from your drinking water.
If your primary source of water is a well, health authorities recommend that you will need to have the water tested at least once a year for any lead or other kinds of contaminants.
Over the past decade, epidemiological studies have consistently demonstrated no safe lead level. In particular, studies conducted on diverse populations of children consistently show the harmful effects of lead exposure on cognitive function, as measured by IQ decrements, decreased academic performance, and poorer performance on tests of executive function. Lead exposure is also associated with decreased attention and impulsivity, and hyperactivity in children.
Berkey water filters can remove lead by at least 99.9% from drinking water.
To Remove Arsenic From Water
Arsenic is a natural chemical that can be present in groundwater. Arsenic ingestion can only pose health issues when a dangerous quantity of arsenic has entered the body. After that, poisoning can lead to liver disease, cancer, coma, or even death.
According to the World Health Organization, a non-government agency, arsenic is one of the major causes of poisoning and death since arsenic is naturally found in groundwater that is somewhat the source of drinking water in some undeveloped countries in the world.
Long-term arsenic ingestion from drinking water is highly associated with a greater risk of skin cancer. There is substantial evidence that it increases the risk for bladder, lung, kidney, liver, colon, and prostate cancers.
Berkey filters can remove Arsenic 99.9% from water.
To Remove Chromium 6 From Water
Chromium 6, also known as hexavalent chromium, is a highly toxic compound found to cause allergic dermatitis and stomach and gastrointestinal cancer in humans and animals.
Chromium 6 is a chemical element that contains chromium in the +6 oxidation state and is a tasteless and odorless metallic compound that is usually found in soil, plants, rocks, volcanic particles, and even animals.
Further research and studies are still being continuously conducted to determine the specific health risks that Chromium 6 can bring upon ingestion through drinking water. For now, Chromium 6 is identified to be a human carcinogen, which means that it promotes the formation of cancer.
Chromium-6 could have been in your drinking water for years, even long after it’s no longer added through industrial processes.
Using Black Berkey filters, Berkey water filter systems can remove more than 99.8% of Chromium-6.
To Remove E. Coli From Water
Coliform bacteria stand out among the most well-known water contamination issues in private water systems throughout the United States. A 2006 study of 450 private wells discovered coliform microorganisms in around 35 percent. And E. coli microorganisms in about 15 percent of private wells.
Some strains of E. coli are harmless, but one dangerous strain is called E. coli O157: H7. Suppose this kind of bacteria gets contaminated into your food or water. In that case, you will likely be very ill because it produces a dominant toxin, which can potentially cause severe diseases and life-threatening illnesses.
Berkey filters can remove 99.9% of E. Coli and all other bacteria.
To Remove Glyphosate From Water
Glyphosate is a chemical found in weed killer, one of the most widely used pesticides today. Besides agriculture, Glyphosate is also used in gardens, parks, roads, railways, tracks, and cemeteries. Glyphosate can enter tap water through soil erosion and agricultural runoff.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are no risks or concerns to human health from current uses of Glyphosate. The studies conducted did not find Glyphosate to be a human carcinogen. However, data from other sources, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), suggest Glyphosate is a possible human carcinogen.
The Berkey Water Filter can remove over 75% of Glyphosate, exceeding the laboratory reporting limits.
To Remove Haloacetic Acids From Water
Haloacetic acids (halogenated acetic acids, HAAs, or HAA5) are chemical compounds that can build up because of water treatment when water acidity and temperature are marginally high, and treatment chemicals react with organic particles or bromide. They can happen during water treatment, including chlorination, chloramination, or ozonation.
In some studies, exposure to disinfectant byproducts, including Haloacetic acids HAA5, increased the incidence of bladder cancer.
Berkey Filters can remove 99.9% of Haloacetic acids HAA5.
To Remove Radium and Uranium From Water
The radionuclides from the decay of thorium-232 and uranium-238 are extensively distributed through the earth's crust. Many of them are known as alpha emitters. It includes radon, polonium, as well as Radium.
Studies have shown that natural alpha emitters are bone seekers in drinking water. As such, radium -226 and radium -228 can potentially produce harmful radiation doses. Exposure to high radionuclides levels can result in toxic kidney effects and a high risk of cancer.
Berkey filters can remove at least 98.7% of Uranium combined (pCi/L) and Radium combined (-226 & -228) from drinking water.
To Remove Microplastics From Water
Microplastics (microscopic plastic) are plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in size that can be found in various places. Microplastics are found in 93% of bottled water tested in the global study.
Microplastics have been detected in drinking water, beer, and food products, including seafood and table salt.
The Black Berkey Filters have not been tested to remove microscopic plastic fibers. However, it suggests that contaminants much larger in size, such as plastic fibers, would be removed since the Black Berkey filters can reduce viruses down to the nanometer scale, in the tested range of 24-26 nanometers smaller than the plastic particles being found in water.
Those are just a few of the most important reasons why using a water filter in your home is a good idea. And not all water filters can filter all those contaminants as Berkey Water Filter can do. Berkey Filters are classified as a Purifier, which performs a lot higher purification than a filter.