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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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    • 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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    • Groundwater Extraction is Pumping the Great Plains Dry

      Farms producing grain in the Great Plains of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas account for roughly 17% of all the grain produced throughout the world, with water used to irrigate these crops coming from the High Plains Aquifer, the largest groundwater source in the country. New research has revealed that 50 years of groundwater extraction has caused long sections of rivers to dry up, to the detriment of large-stream fish populations. The scientists caution that unless groundwater pumping is curtailed, these aquatic habitats will shrink even further, together with the fish they support. Considering that 90% of all water used by humans globally is used for crop irrigation, the results of this study have widespread implications for other watersheds all across the world, particularly in areas where aquifers are running dry. A Google Earth image of the crop circles in the lower Arikaree River watershed, highlighting the river reaches that were dry (red), disconnected pools (yellow), and flowing (blue) at the lowest water in late summer 2007. Only one segment of 9 miles of flowing river remained as habitat for fish. The river flows from left to right. According to co-author, Kurt Fausch, a professor at Colorado State University, the results of the study are concerning. Earlier field studies and modeling conducted by Jeff Falke, assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a past student of CSU, show that the Arikaree River to the east of Colorado, which used to flow for around 70 miles, is expected to be reduced to just one-half mile by 2045. "You have this train wreck where we're drying up streams to feed a growing human population of more than 7 billion people," said Fausch, who describes the scenario as a "wicked problem," that has no good solution. "More water is pumped out every year than trickles back down into the aquifer from rain and snow," he said. "We are basically drying out the Great Plains." Over the last 60-70 years, around 100 trillion gallons of water — equivalent of the volume of water in Lake Erie — has been pumped from the aquifer, and practically none of the water extracted feeds back into the underground aquifer. "This pumping has dried up long segments of many streams and small rivers in the region," Fausch said. From 1950 to 2010, a total of 350 miles of stream dried up in the large area the team studied in eastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska and northwestern Kansas. "Our models project that another 180 miles of stream will dry up by 2060," Fausch said. Its not just the loss of water that is concerning, fish populations are also taking a knock. Fish that are dependent upon habitat that is only found in rivers and larger streams in the region are being replaced by species that are able to survive in the smaller streams that remain, said Fausch. Whole populations of fish species are being lost from rivers within that region, as the habitat that supports their existence disappears. To illustrate this point, only 9 of the 16 indigenous fish species that used to inhabit the Arikaree River are left. Seven species, including catfish, suckers and small minnows, have completely disappeared. However, because these fish species are not currently endangered, there are no regulations in place to protect their habitats. The negative effect of groundwater extraction will not only affect fish in these rivers, but also the farmers themselves, as well as the places that depend on or benefit from water in these rivers, which without water, could disappear too. "If they lose the river, they'll not only lose fishes, but they'll also lose water for their cattle, and cottonwoods that provide shade," Fausch explained. "They also lose the grass that grows in the riparian zone, which is critical forage for cattle in summer. Some of that's your livelihood, but it's also the place you go for picnics, and to hunt deer and turkeys. If you lose the river, you lose a major feature of what that landscape is." But despite the sombre findings, Fausch says that some progress is being made to address the issue. Meters have been installed on wells to monitor the amount of water farmers pump from the aquifer to ensure they stick to within the quotas allocated to them. By the same token, farmers continue to experiment with new technologies that will enable them to maximize crop yield and minimize water usage, as pumping water from underground aquifers incurs a cost for electricity usage. Cutting costs obviously increases profits, so it is in their interests to optimize water usage. However, Fausch cautions that this doesn't imply that levels of aquifers that feed into streams are no longer dropping, but rather they are dropping more slowly than they were in the past. So what are the options? One alternative may be for farmers to transition to growing dryland crops — crops that depend on rainfall only — rather than crops that require pumping water for irrigation. But the problem here is that annual crop yields can vary widely depending on how much rain is received during the year. Another option is for farmers to switch to more economical water-wise irrigation methods, such as drip irrigation as soon as they are locally available. Fausch, who has spent his entire career studying rivers, grows wistful as he contemplates the fate of these rivers. "When we lose these rivers, we will lose them for our lifetime, our children's lifetime, and our grandchildren's lifetime," he said. Even if we stopped all pumping tomorrow, it would take a very long time — probably 100 years, possibly more — for the aquifer to refill and rivers to start flowing again, said Fausch, providing some perspective. Journal Reference Joshuah S. Perkin et al, Groundwater declines are linked to changes in Great Plains stream fish assemblages, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1618936114

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