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Top 3 ways a Berkey Water Filter will benefit your life

Drink To Your Health

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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

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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

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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 message 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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    • How is Drinking Water Delivered to Homes?

      A Study of Public Perceptions of Water Infrustructure A new study conducted by researchers from Indiana University indicates that the average American does not fully understand how clean drinking water is supplied to their home, nor what happens to wastewater that is flushed away. This is concerning considering that this knowledge and information is crucial to addressing some of the water related challenges we are currently facing, including prolonged drought, and water contamination due to failing water infrastructure. For the study, which was recently published in the scientific journal Judgment and Decision Making, 500 university students were asked to sketch diagrams depicting how water is delivered to the taps in their home and how it makes its way back into the natural environment. Only 71% of the participants drew a water treatment plant (29% did not include water treatment as part of their water supply system), while only 36% included a wastewater treatment plant into their water system (64% failed to include a wastewater treatment facility in their plan). Lead author, Shahzeen Attari of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) warns that climate change is likely to increase both the competition for water as well as the risks associated with the water supply. "Water infrastructure is increasingly fragile," said Attari. "It's going to take political will and public support to respond to new and old risks, and we may not support the adaptation strategies we need if we take our water systems for granted. Whether it's in schools or through other means, public environmental education must address these gaps." Attari together with Kelsey Hinton and Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones, two former graduate students of the SPEA, conducted the research in two phases. For the first phase of the project, they asked water experts to provide a sketch of a domestic water supply system. The students were then asked the following question: "Please draw a diagram illustrating your understanding of the processes by which clean water reaches the tap in the average home in the United States. Please draw how water reaches the home from its original source(s) and is then returned to the natural environment. Show all the processes that the water goes through." Only 7% of the students had a good understanding of how a water system worked, while many students drew an idealized "magic" version of a water system (below). The student's lack of awareness doesn't mean that they don't care. Over a third of them indicated that they considered water quantity on a weekly- or sometimes even daily basis. Their primary concerns are water cleanliness, limited water supply or failures in the water infrastructure system that result in water contamination. Of all our resources, drinking water is the most essential of all, Poinsatte-Jones points out. Most people take access to safe drinking water for granted, however the complex behind-the-scenes water network infrastructure which makes this possible is obscure and therefore very often not fully understood. Considering all the water related risks we are currently facing, it is vitally important that we are able to make informed decisions regarding our water supplies, management and policies, stressed Hinton, who indicates that their study suggests we are currently not in a position to do that. Journal Reference Shahzeen Z. Attari, Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones, Kelsey Hinton. Perceptions of water systems. Judgment and Decision Making, Vol. 12, No. 3, May 2017, pp. 314-327

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    • Prevention is Better than Cure: Filter Drinking Water to Remove Disease Causing Microbial Cysts

      All living things require water for their survival. Humans are no exception. We all require a supply of clean, unpolluted drinking water, as it is essential for our health and well being. However, drinking water very often contains a myriad of contaminants, many of which can pose serious health risks to human health, therefore proper water treatment is essential to remove pollutants. Cryptosporidium and Giardia, both of which the berkey water filters filter out from the water, are two parasites commonly found in drinking water that can cause disease. Cryptosporidium and Giardia have developed life strategies that enable them to survive long intervals in the environment between hosts. When they exit the host they enter a dormant phase, where they are protected by a tough exterior shell. During this dormant phase of their life cycle they a known as microbial cysts. Microbial cysts are resistant to chemical treatment processes, and often mechanical filtering is required to remove them from drinking water. When microbial cysts are ingested, the gastric juices in the intestine break down the hard exterior coating, releasing the parasites, which quickly become active and rapidly multiply. How infection can take place Infection with Cryptosporidium and Giardia can occur through exposure to infected animals, or to contact with the feces of infected animals. Very often the cysts are carried into waterways by runoff, where a person can become infected by ingesting contaminated drinking water, or by ingesting water that contains the cysts while swimming or boating. Cryptosporidium and Giardia infection are common in the developed world, but are even more prevalent in third world countries, where water treatment infrastructure and water quality measures are lacking. Life Cycle of Cryptosporidium and Giardia After the Cryptosporidium or Giardia cysts are swallowed, they enter the digestive tract, where digestive juices break down the exterior shell, releasing the parasites. Before being excreted from the body, the parasites once again form a protective outer shell to aid their survival outside the host. Once they are excreted from the host they can be transmitted to another victim by person-to-person contact or through unhygienic or unsanitary conditions, where the cycle is repeated in the next host. Cryptosporidium under the microscope. Symptoms of Disease from Microbial Cysts Ingestion of Cryptosporidium or Giardia cysts, and consequent infection by these parasites, causes the diseases cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis respectively. Symptoms of these diseases include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, and fever. These symptoms usually last for a week or two, but can last for as long as a month, and often recur. People suffering from immune deficiencies, including AIDS, cancer, and transplant patients that are being treated with medication that may compromise the immune system, are most at risk of infection. Giardiasis may also effect the rate of growth and development in children, and can cause malnutrition. Preventing Infection • In order prevent infection from these water borne parasites, the following precautionary measures are advised: • Practice good hygiene: wash hands before eating or preparing meals; after using the restroom, changing a babies diaper, or assisting a child or infirm person on the toilet; and after touching animals, or handling animal waste. • Try to avoid ingesting water that may potentially be contaminated. Don't swallow water when swimming in public swimming pools. Don't drink untreated water from rivers, streams or lakes, no matter how pure it may look, as microbial cysts may be washed into theses systems from the faeces of infected animals. Always take precautionary measures when travelling, particularly in undeveloped regions – boil water, filter water, or buy bottled water to be on the safe side. • Home drinking water filters are recommended to filter out tap water that may be contaminated with Cryptosporidium and/or Giardia. When choosing a filter look for one that will purify the water of these bacteria like the Berkey does.

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