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Top 3 ways a Berkey Water Filter will benefit your life

Drink To Your Health. 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.
Did you know that over 60% of US municipal water is fluoridated? Berkey water filter systems also distinguish themselves from many other filtration systems by having the capabilities to significantly reduce fluoride and arsenic via the "PF" line of filters.

Affordability. Each durable Black Berkey Water filter will last up to 3000 gallons (6000 gallons per set of 2). This is much longer than the majority of water filter solutions on the market.
At 10 gallons per week, this equates to more than 11.5 years of healthy clean drinking water!
Including fluoride and arsenic reduction, 1 gallon of Berkey water costs just 7 cents!.
Stop and think how much money you could save by the simple reduction in bottled water purchases by regularly using water filtered by your Berkey water filter.

Versatility. Berkey Water Filter systems are capable of purifying both treated water (municipal/city water) and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds, and water supplies in foreign countries.
The micro-pores within the self-sterilizing and re-cleanable Black Berkey water filter purification elements are so small that pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them.
Due to the fact that the Berkey water filters do not require electricity and are portable, they become a lifesaver during times of flooding, loss of electricity, and other life threatening emergencies.

A letter to our visitors

At BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com, we understand that choosing the right water filter for you and your family can be a daunting task. Made in the USA, Berkey Water Filters are the gold standard of gravity filtration, thanks to their long established reputation in the industry combined with their outstanding filtration test results. Please don`t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Berkey filtration, would like to learn more about our deals for bulk Berkey water filter purchases, or our discounts for charity organizations and missionaries.

Thanks, Dan DeBaun - Owner

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    • The Invisible Plague: Microplastics Now Contaminate Drinking Water

      A new report, titled "Invisibles: The Plastic Inside Us", recently released by Orb Media, has shockingly revealed that microplastics — tiny bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters long that are the product of industrial waste and discarded plastic consumer products, which are now so prevalent everywhere around the world — contaminates more than 80% of tap water globally. Note Regarding our Berkey Systems: The Berkey has yet to be tested for microplastics removal. The study states, "There is nowhere really where you can say these are being trapped 100%. In terms of fibres, the diameter is 10 microns across and it would be very unusual to find that level of filtration in our drinking water systems.”  With that being said, we know that the berkey can filter down to 2 microns and less, so until testing is done, we can only state that the berkey would be filtering out more of these microplastics than your town's municipal water filtering system. "Our exclusive research found 83 percent of the tap water samples from 14 countries are contaminated with microscopic plastic fibers," said Molly Bingham, founder and CEO, Orb Media. "Scientists say they don't really know how these microplastics reach our taps or what the health risks might be. But microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals from the marine environment, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals. I am concerned by the implications of our research. At the very least, I hope that our work triggers large scale, global research on plastic contamination and the ramifications for human health — particularly that of children." The drinking water study, which was conceived by Orb Media, was designed and conducted by Dr Sherri Mason from the State University of New York, Fredonia, and Elizabeth Wattenberg from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, who supervised the testing of drinking water samples conducted by research scientist, Mary Kosuth. Kosuth analyzed 159 500ml tap water samples collected from 14 different countries from five continents around the world, including the US, UK and Ireland, as well as countries in Europe, Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Tiny bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters long that are the product of industrial waste and discarded plastic consumer products, which are now so prevalent everywhere around the world — contaminates more than 80% of tap water globally. Big Berkey Water Filters Reporting from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States, the reporters take an in depth look at how plastic waste has taken over the world, and highlight the environmental and health issues resulting from this ever growing plague. But their research didn't stop at just looking at the scourge of plastic waste, they also oversaw the collection and testing of water samples to create awareness of the extent of the problem and to highlight the health risk that microplastic pollution in drinking water poses to people all around the world. The samples show that the extent of tap water contamination is relatively evenly distributed, ranging from 72% in Europe to 94% in the US and in Beirut, Lebanon Sources of microplastic particles include: • Fibers from synthetic clothing materials in washing wastewater • Airborne fibers from synthetic clothing materials due to abrasion • Tire dust from roads washing into streams and rivers • Paint dust from road markings, house paint and ship paint • Secondary microplastics — smaller bits of plastic from large plastic products as they break down • Microbeads found in facial scrubs and other cosmetic products "Since the problem of plastic was created exclusively by human beings through our indifference, it can be solved by human beings by paying attention to it," said Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. "Now what we need is a determination to get it done before it gets us." What Can You Do? The report lists 7 things that we can do to help address the problem: 1. Say no to plastic bags — take a reusable shopping bag with you when you go shopping. 2. Refuse straws — plastic straws are another big contributor to plastic waste, what's more they are completely unnecessary. Skip them or keep your own personal reusable metal straw in your bag. 3. Wash your fleece clothing less frequently, and use a filter on your washing machine to trap any microfibers that come off in the wash. 4. Share lifts or use public transport to cut down the amount of tire dust produced on the roads. 5. Opt for an eco-friendly toothbrush made from natural materials such as bamboo rather than a plastic version, which will take years to break down once discarded. 6. Take care when rinsing paint brushes — rinse them in a can or jar rather than in the sink, then discard that together with the paint responsibly at the landfill. Better still, use a natural paint, such as milk paint, which looks great and is environmentally friendly. 7. Make use of a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottled water. Some water bottles, such as the Berkey Sport, are even fitted with a filter to help filter out and reduce any microplastic fibers present in the tap water.

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    • Farming Runoff Promotes Drinking Water Contamination

      Environmental standards for water contaminants are set at levels that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) consider are safe to drink, but for some contaminants, these levels still pose a health risk when consumed consistently over a long period of time. One of these contaminants is the trihalomethanes (THMs), which are produced as a byproduct when disinfectants are added to drinking water to eradicate organic matter, typically algae, that may be present in the water. "If the water has high levels of organic matter—which in most cases is algae—[utility districts] will disinfect the water," Craig Cox, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), told Civil Eats. "It's a real conundrum for these facilities because they have to disinfect it to prevent a huge public health threat. But the trade-off is more chronic health threats because so many of these byproducts are carcinogenic. So they don't have a lot of good options." But Cox suggests that rather than treating the water to combat algae, we should be limiting the flow of nutrient pollutants entering our waterways from farm runoff. Both nitrogen and phosphorous, commonly used in fertilizers, by their very nature promote algal growth, and should be prevented from entering freshwater systems for both ecological and human health reasons. Wallkill River at Wallkill, NY, USA, its waters turned green by an algae bloom in late summer 2016 Cox and his colleagues at the EWG have been working on compiling a national Tap Water Database that allows consumers to see what contaminants are in their drinking water by searching an online map or by entering their ZIP code on the website's home-page. While some consumers may assume that drinking water contamination is limited to the cities, rural areas have their own set of challenges. In fact, very often water serving rural areas has more contaminants than that piped to cities. And, according to Cox, many of the pollutants that turn up in city water originates from farms. In an effort to avoid costly lawsuits, such as the one recently filed by Des Moines Water Works against three farming counties in an attempt to reduce agricultural pollutants entering their water, the farming sector is encouraged to start taking concrete measures to reduce nitrate runoff at the source. While the agricultural industry opposed the suit, which was ultimately dismissed, the Des Moines water utility was left with the hefty bill — US$1.5 million in 2015 — to remove nitrates from its drinking water in order to make it safe to drink. "Most industries in the United States have to pay when they pollute," says Des Moines Water Works spokesperson, Laura Sarcone. "But for some reason on the water quality side, that's not the case in the agricultural industry. So we are constantly monitoring, analyzing, treating extensively and expensively to remove agricultural contaminants that shouldn't be there in the first place." Our water resources simply aren't afforded the respect they deserve. In fact, they water is a commodity that is pretty much taken for granted. Yet, our health, and ultimately our survival, depends on having access to clean drinking water. "I think nationally we, the industry, feel water is an undervalued resource," said Sarcone. "People are willing to pay hundreds for cell phone minutes and unlimited data, or for their cable TV," she added, but rarely do they tend to put the same value on clean drinking water. Who Ultimately Foots the Bill? In most instances, water utilities pass this additional cost onto the customers they serve. But while these costs may be minimal when divided up amongst thousands of households in larger cities, it can prove very costly for those living in smaller rural areas where there just isn't the same amount of households sharing the cost, explains Cox. And even when drinking water meets drinking water standards, it may not necessarily be safe to drink over a lifetime, especially if that water has been heavily treated with chemicals that produce hazardous byproducts such as trihalomethanes. Go ahead and check out the EWG's online database now to see what's in your drinking water. The EWG recommends filtering drinking water with a good quality water filter that is capable of removing chemicals such as trihalomethanes. The Big Berkey range of filters will remove both nitrates and trihalomethanes, as well as a wide range of other drinking water contaminates that could potentially pose a health risk to you and your family.

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  • Customer service in the USA is a dream! It's been a pleasure shopping with you.
    Jeltje Gordon Lennox Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Big Berkey is such a blessing. We have owned ours now for almost a year and don't know how we did without it.
    Amber Dallas, Texas
  • The folks at berkey have been nothing but great in helping me purchase my Berkey and then answering some questions once got it
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