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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.

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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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    • Neonic Pesticides Found in US Tap Water

      A new study conducted on US drinking water has found traces of insecticides that are widely used around the world in tap water supplied to US homes. This is the first time scientists have detected neonicotinoids — a commonly used type of pesticide — in drinking water. Previous studies have found neonicotinoid contamination in US streams and rivers, but this latest study — which was recently published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters — reveals that these highly toxic chemicals are finding their way into water sources that provide drinking water to US homes. Water samples obtained by researchers from Iowa have revealed that concentrations of some toxic neonic chemicals remain unchanged even after treatment. However, they point out that drinking water supplies treated with a different filtration method saw neonic levels diminish substantially. The researchers say that they cannot currently comment on the potential health impact this may have on humans, but argue that additional studies are needed in this regard. Neonicotinoid pesticides, first introduced in the 1990s and now widely used across the globe, consist of systemic chemicals that are typically applied as a seed coating which kills insects but not other species. In the ten years between 2004-2014 sales of neonic pre-treated seeds tripled in the United States. However, while they have been touted to be harmless to other species, there is growing concern over the negative impact they are having on the environment, particularly their impact on bees. As a result, the European Union have placed a moratorium on the use of neonic pesticides on flowering crops since 2013. A 2015 study conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) revealed that neonic chemicals were widespread in water samples taken from 48 different US streams and rivers. This latest study, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Iowa and the USGS, assessed drinking water treated by two different filtration plants. Water samples treated at the University of Iowa's treatment plant removed hardly any of the three primary neonic chemical contaminants: thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin, while water samples treated at the Iowa City water treatment plant removed a substantially higher amount of these contaminants, removing 85%, 94% and 100% of these chemicals respectively. Drinking water treated by the less effective water filtration system had between 0.24-57.3 nanograms of individual neonic chemicals per liter. "These are very low levels, these are nanograms per litre which means parts per trillion, a very low concentration," said Prof Gregory LeFevre, a contributing author of the paper, in an interview with BBC News. "But at the same time there are concerns about what those low levels might do from an exposure standpoint." The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating drinking water contaminants in the US, but currently neonic pesticides are not listed as a potential threat or cause for concern. Prof LeFevre points out that these results don't necessarily point to a violation of the system, but it is important that we are aware that they are present in drinking water, regardless of whether these levels are safe or not. The authors are more concerned that neonic insecticides may be transformed into other harmful products during the filtration process, which could pose a larger health threat to humans than direct exposure to neonic insecticides that are designed to selectively target insects.   But the study does present evidence that filtration of drinking water using activated carbon filters is an effective and economical method of removing neonics from drinking water. "We were pleasantly surprised to see how well the activated carbon worked," said Prof LeFevre. The researchers believe that considering the extent of research that's been conducted focusing on the impacts of neonics on pollinators, particularly bees, as well as other species, it is vital that further research is conducted on neonic presence in drinking water in order to determine the level of human exposure globally. "Without really good toxicity data it is hard to ascertain the scale of this, but whenever we have pesticides in the drinking water that is something that raises a flag no matter what type of concentration it is," said Prof LeFevre. The Berkey water filter has not yet been tested for neonicatinoid removal, but is confirmed to be on the testing schedule. Journal Reference KL Klarich, NC Pflug, EM DeWald, ML Hladik, DW Kolpin, DM Cwiertny, and GH LeFevre. Occurance of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and Fate during Drinking Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., April 5, 2017. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00081

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    • Streams Across the US Contain Potentially Harmful Mix of Chemical Toxins

      Many waterways across America contain a varied mix of contaminants, but we currently have very little understanding of how these chemical combinations are composed or what effect they may have on both ecological and human health. Now, a comprehensive new study funded by the USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, which was recently published in the scientific journal, Environmental Science & Technology, is shedding some insight, showing that these chemical mixtures are in fact much more complex than previously thought and contain chemical compounds that are potentially harmful to both aquatic life and human health. Contaminants are being found in streams at alarming rates. Earlier studies conducted by researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS) testing waterways across America for organic contaminants, or contaminants containing carbon, revealed evidence that US streams were contaminated with a complex blend of pollutants. In the latest report, Paul M. Bradley and his colleagues have released results from a more extensive follow-up study where scientists from the USGS and EPA analyzed water samples collected from 38 different streams for the presence of 719 organic chemicals. More than 50% of these chemical compounds were found in the stream waters tested, with each stream — even streams in pristine regions that were neither developed or inhabited — containing at least one organic compounds being tested for, with some containing as many as 162 organic contaminants. The researchers found caffeine; pesticides including glyphosate and byproducts associated with their breakdown; triclosan and other antibacterial products; and pharmaceutical products such as metformin — commonly used to treat diabetes — and antihistamines, as well as other chemical compounds. The study revealed that certain compounds found in this mix, which are biologically active by design, often occur together in stream waters. The scientists are concerned that complex interactions between these organic compounds could potentially pose a risk to aquatic organisms and food-webs, as well as humans, and therefore warrants further research to determine the extent of the threat. They have outlined some of the biological effects they observed in these water samples in a separate research paper, also published in Environmental Science & Technology. These two related studies highlight the consequences — both in terms of ecological and human health risks — posed by everyday contaminants entering streams and rivers. To reduce your exposure to many of the contaminants commonly found in drinking water sources, we highly recommend investing in a good quality drinking water filter that is able to remove many of these potentially harmful pollutants. Journal Reference Paul M. Bradley, et al. Expanded Target-Chemical Analysis Reveals Extensive Mixed-Organic-Contaminant Exposure in U.S. Streams. Environ. Sci. Technol, (April 12, 2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00012 Justin M. Conley, et al. Occurrence and In Vitro Bioactivity of Estrogen, Androgen, and Glucocorticoid Compounds in a Nationwide Screen of United States Stream Waters. Environ. Sci. Technol, (April 12, 2017) DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b06515

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