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About Big Berkey Water Filters

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.


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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.


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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.

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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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    • Health Concerns Related to Using Harvested Rainwater for Drinking

      There are usually two key issues that are often raised regarding the safety risks associated with using harvested rainwater as a source of drinking water: 1) Lead contamination; 2) Sludge/biofilm contamination. Lead Contamination The type of roofing material, particularly the use of lead flashing on roof structures, may result in water that is harvested from the roof surface becoming contaminated with toxic heavy metals that may be harmful to your health. A scientific study conducted by Magyar et al, titled 'Influence of roofing material and lead flashing on rainwater tank contamination by metals', which was published in the Australian Journal of Water Resources (2014), found that lead contamination in rainwater harvesting storage tanks is widespread. The main contributor to this contamination is from lead flashings on rooftops, which prevent water from penetrating into the cracks and crevices of a roof junction. Consequently, it is recommended that if a roof surface is used for rainwater collection for drinking water, any lead flashing that is present should be painted with a non-toxic sealant to prevent lead from leaching into the harvested rainwater supply, or better still, it should be removed and replaced with a lead-free alternative. Contamination by Sludge and Biofilm While water diverters and sediment strainers can play a role in removing unwanted debris, particulate matter will still accumulate in the water storage tank over time. This debris will eventually form a layer of sludge at the base of the tank, which can potentially provide ideal conditions for harmful bacteria to breed (Magyar et al). However, others (Coombes & Spinks) argue that this sludge can be beneficial to the quality of harvested rainwater, helping to eliminate both lead and harmful pathogens. In an article aptly titled "Rainwater Health Debate", Smit & Coombes discuss the various arguments. According to the authors, who studied water quality of harvested rainwater across Australia over a 15 year period: "It turns out that a decade of independent research confirms the rainwater treatment train that includes the natural processes of flocculation, settlement, biofilms (including the sludge) and competitive exclusion of bacteria (where more resilient environmental bacteria eliminate more fragile potential pathogens)." According to the authors, biofilm that forms in rainwater storage tanks can be very effective at removing contaminants such as lead from the water stored in the tank. Their research shows that the layer of sludge is bound together by a tacky substance consisting of polysaccharides, which effectively absorbs lead and other pollutants from the water column. They recommend that rather than cleaning this layer of sludge out regularly, this biofilm layer should be left undisturbed so that it can continue to serve as a natural filtering agent. A well maintained rainwater harvesting system that is fitted with water diverters and mesh strainers is unlikely to have a thick growth of green or black slime with a foul odor as one would commonly find in a pond. Coombes points out that the communities of microbes present in biofilms are typically harmless bacteria commonly found in soils and the environment, which feed on nutrients, chemicals and other bacteria. Since nutrient levels in rainwater storage tanks are low, these microbes are essentially hungry and will readily consume whatever comes their way, including harmful bacteria and chemicals, improving water quality within the tank as they do so. Ensuring Rainwater is Safe to Drink However, besides lead and bacteria, other airborne pollutants such as industrial chemicals or pesticides can settle onto your roof surface and get washed into your water storage tank. To be on the safe side it is best to err on the side of caution. We recommend filtering any stored water using a good quality drinking water filter, such as a Berkey Filter, that is capable of removing bacteria, heavy metals such as lead, as well as industrial chemicals, pesticides and a wide range of other pollutants that could potentially contaminate your harvested water.

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    • Health Concerns Related to Using Harvested Rainwater for Drinking
    • Water Reductions Responsible for Foul Tasting Water in California

      (This article was written per-California record rainfalls.) Water reductions at one of California's major reservoirs has resulted in consumers experiencing foul-tasting water. According to a statement by Catherine Alvert, Utilities spokesperson for the City of Palo Alto, which was recently published in Palo Alto Online: "Palo Alto and other local cities' residents who have been complaining about nasty-tasting water coming from their taps can blame it on water reductions from the Hetch Hetchy supply and blending from other sources." The Hetch Hetchy resevoir supplies drinking water to consumers in San Francisco Bay and surrounding areas, including residents of Palo Alto. According to Evert, the volume of water supplying the Hetch Hetchy dam has been reduced to 105 million gallons per day from its previous supply of 145 million gallons per day, and is being sourced from water held in surface reservoirs. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission didn't warn residents that this may affect the taste or smell of their water supply, but have since received several complaints in this regard, with many consumers questioning what was the situation with their water. According to James Keene, a City Manager for Palo Alto, using blended water sourced from local surface water supplies resulted in sediment being stirred up within a water pipeline, which has resulted in the unpleasant musty taste and smell of the water, which could potentially last for a few days while the water moves through the distribution network from the reservoirs and storage tanks to consumers in Palo Alto. Some residents in San Francisco also reported foul tasting water earlier this month according to a report in San Francisco News. While officials assured consumers that the strange taste and odor was not indicative of inferior water quality, they did issue a health advisory warning for highly sensitive consumers: "Some highly sensitive customers, such as those with compromised immune systems, can be affected by minor water-quality fluctuations, and they should consult with their physician to determine in general if they should be taking precautionary measures such as adding filtration devices, the city utilities department noted on its website." A good quality drinking water filter, such as the Berkey range of filters fitted with carbon or ceramic filter cartridges will be able to filter out the sediment that is causing the problem. Carbon filters are very effective at removing sediment as well as taste and odors that affect water aesthetics and make it unpleasant to drink. With the current drought and water shortage situation (which has improved significantly very recently), these kinds of issues may become more common. Investing in a water filter will alleviate any such issues that may arise from water reductions and blending of surface water sources. California residents can purchase either the Berkey Light or the Travel Berkey from the Berkey range of water filters for direct delivery to their door. Both of these water filters will effectively remove sediment as well as musty taste and odor from water, leaving consumers with pleasant tasting and smelling drinking water that is more appealing to consume. They will also remove a host of other contaminants commonly found in drinking water, which pose a health risk to humans.

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