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A Berkey Water Filter Will Remove:

Bacteria like E. coli - Greater than 99.9999%.
Chlorine – Removed to Undetectable Levels
Viruses – Greater than 99.9999%.
Chloramines – Greater Than 99.9%.
Parasites - Greater than 99.9999%.
Fluoride – Up to 99.75% (Add-on PF-2 Filters Required)
Heavy Metals – Greater than 99.9%.
Trihalomethane (THMs) – Removed to Undectectable Levels
Pharmaceuticals - Greater than 99.5%
Petroleum Contaminants – Greater than 99.9%.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) – Greater than 99.9%.
Radiologicals – Greater than 95%
Perfluorochemicals (PFOAS) - Greater than 99.9%
Herbicides & Pesticides - Greater than 99.9%.

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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.

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“I don't wanna be one of those muscleheads walking around with a gallon jug. But, I do drink a lot of water. The Sport Berkey was perfect cause I was able to filter the water from the fountain. I usually
refill at least once per workout.” - Tommy
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019! Stay hydrated today to help ease the after effects of last night's partying! 
Merry Christmas! From the Big Berkey family to yours! 
Our filters are cleanable! Instead of spending money every other month on expensive filters Big Berkey Water Filters allow you to treat yourself to the finer things in life.
With our exclusive Lifetime Warranty and Support you can have peace of mind when ordering your brand new water purifier with us! Give the gift of clean water this Christmas! Choose from our variety of systems and accessories to find the perfect gift for a
“Since approximately 60% of joint cartilage is made from water, it is critical that we keep hydrated during periods of joint damage, otherwise our production of synovial fluid will be reduced and we increase our risk of friction, pain, and cartilage deter
Infuse your water with seasonal fruits to stay hydrated this festive period!

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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    • Does Running Your Faucet Reduce Lead Concentrations in Drinking Water?

      A study led by researchers from the Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Public Health, supported by colleagues from Tulane University, Virginia Tech and Corona Environmental Consulting, has found that the currently recommended method of flushing lead from pipes by letting water run before consuming it DOES NOT provide a consistently effective method of protecting children from exposure to lead via drinking water. The results of the study, which was recently published in the  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, suggest that rather than reducing exposure, the opposite may in fact be the case, as it MAY INCREASE exposure to lead. Does Running Your Faucet Reduce Lead Concentrations in Drinking Water? According to lead author, Adrienne Katner, an Assistant Research Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at LSU, flushing water lines according to the current guidelines (half a minute to two minutes) may reduce lead levels in water in some homes, however, more than half of the homes tested had peak levels of lead in their water after flushing for that length of time. Consequently, flushing taps for the recommended time may inadvertently increase the likelihood of being exposed to lead in drinking water. Dr Katner recommends that more effective lead prevention interventions, such as certified high-end water filters like the Berkey (99.9% removal rate), would be more effective in reducing exposure to lead, particularly for families who do not have the finances to replace lead pipes and plumbing. The researchers interviewed homeowners and sampled water from 376 homes located on the East Bank of the Mississippi River, New Orleans, from February 2015 - November 2016. The homes in the study were selected due to their potential to have lead present in their drinking water. Water samples were tested by scientists from Virginia Tech. These included samples from the first cold water draw off; first hot water draw off; and water drawn after letting taps run for 30-45 seconds, 2.5-3 minutes or 5.5-6 minutes. Lead levels in New Orleans drinking water were generally low compared to the EPA safety standard of 15 parts per billion (ppb) set for lead. The test results from the water samples analyzed showed lead levels in drinking water were 5 ppb in 88% of the homes tested. More than 50% of the samples had detectable levels of lead (at levels of 1 ppb or higher). Lead levels in the water samples ranged from less than 1 ppb (undetectable) to 58 ppb in samples collected after flushing the pipes for 30-45 seconds. Lead levels in water did not differ significantly in the samples flushed for longer periods until the six-minute mark was reached, whereafter lead levels declined. Yet, while the percentage of water samples where lead levels exceeded 1 ppb did decrease when flushed for an extended period of 5.5-6 minutes,  Dr Katner points out that the lead reductions observed were not always significant enough to reduce lead exposure in children. If the goal is to prevent lead exposure in children completely, or even to reduce lead levels to the minimum detectable level of 1 ppb recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians, then New Orleans may need to consider a more proactive measures rather than flushing if they wish to achieve this."We could not verify that a one-time flush is sufficient to maintain low water lead levels," notes Dr Katner. "Some studies evaluating flushing at school taps suggest frequent flushes may be needed throughout the day, as waterborne lead can return to pre-flush levels within hours. Prolonged and repeated flushing may also not be practical, cost-effective, or sustainable over the long term, especially in cities with declining water resources and/or rising water rates."The researchers conclude that public health notifications and recommendations should be updated to ensure consumers flush their water pipes appropriately, and these should also acknowledge the short-comings and limitations of using this method for reducing lead exposure in drinking water.  A water filter system is highly recommended as a fail safe to protect homes who believe they are being exposed to lead. Journal Reference Katner, A.; Pieper, K.; Brown, K.; Lin, H.-Y.; Parks, J.; Wang, X.; Hu, C.-Y.; Masters, S.; Mielke, H.; Edwards, M. Effectiveness of Prevailing Flush Guidelines to Prevent Exposure to Lead in Tap Water. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1537. DOI:10.3390/ijerph15071537

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    • What are Trihalomethanes & Does the Berkey Remove THM's?

      Short Answer: Yes, the berkey water filter systems equipped with the standard black berkey filters WILL remove THM (Trihalomethanes) from the water to below lab detectable limits! Trihalomethanes, or THMs as they commonly referred to, are four chemicals that together with other types of disinfection byproducts form as a result of a chemical reaction that occurs between chlorine (or similar disinfectants that are added to drinking water to kill harmful microbes) and organic and inorganic material that may be present in the water. The four THMs — bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, tribromomethane (bromoform) and trichloromethane (chloroform) — are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule, with a maximum allowable yearly average of all four THM chemicals combined (i.e. total trihalomethane levels) set at 80 parts per billion (ppb).What are Trihalomethanes (THMs) & Does the Berkey Remove Them? Water disinfection process shown.Health Risks Associated with Exposure to THMs All four THM chemicals are by products of the chlorination process, which is employed in an effort to rid drinking water from pathogens and make it safe for us to drink. However, THMs are carcinogenic and laboratory experiments have shown that they cause cancer in animals. Of the four THM chemicals, dibromochloromethane poses the greatest cancer risk (0.6 ppb increases the cancer risk by 10-6 ), followed by Bromoform (at 4 ppb), and Chloroform, the most common THM found in drinking water (at 6 ppb). Other health concerns associated with THM exposure include damage to liver, kidneys, bladder and central nervous system. Studies also show a link between THM exposure and disorders of the reproductive system, including disruption of the menstrual cycle, infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths and birth defects. But the risk is not limited to drinking tap water alone. A study which was published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives confirms that bathing and showering are both significant sources of THM exposure, and even inhaling steam from a family member's shower or conducting activities such as dish washing by hand can expose a person to THMs.What are Trihalomethanes (THMs) & Does the Berkey Remove Them? Municipal water facility shown.How to Remove THMs in Water with a Berkey Water Filter According to the Water Research Center, THM concentrations tend to rise with temperature, pH, and time, and are also influenced by the level of organic precursors that react with chlorine to form THMs that are present in the water. Consequently, in order to reduce THM levels, it would be prudent for water treatment facilities to reduce or eliminate chlorinating the water before it passes through the filters, and to filter out the precursors that react with chlorine before chlorine is added to the water to disinfect it. Consumers can also take their own measures to reduce their exposure to THMs. Activated carbon filters, such as the Big Berkey filters fitted with Black Berkey filter cartridges remove THMs to undetectable levels, offering the most effective method of removing unwanted thrihalomethanes and other disinfection byproducts as well as chlorine, organic particulates and other harmful contaminants.

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Enjoy Purified Water For A Low Cost Using A Berkey Water Filter

Over the past 20 years, Berkey water has become a household name in water filtration systems across America. In part, this is because a Berkey filter has been proven time and again to filter more contaminants with greater effectiveness than most other products on the market. However, a general shift in consumer habits has also made home filtration more common than ever.

Let’s take a look at what is driving those changes, and then consider what leads consumers to choose a Big Berkey water filter over some other popular filter brands.

Everyone Loves Water

Do you know anyone who doesn’t enjoy drinking water? We’re sure they exist, but they’re few and far in between. Water constitutes over 60 percent of the human body and is essential for all bodily functions. If you look up the definition of water, here’s what it says:

Water – Noun – A colorless, transparent, flavorless, odorless liquid which forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain; and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms.

The words “flavorless” and “odorless” are key here. Water is life, and most agree that it actually doesn’t taste like much of anything. So what’s not to like?

When people complain about the taste of water, they are typically referring to the chemicals that have been added to make it safe to drink. These are chemicals such as chlorine, chloramines, and fluoride (which is actually tasteless). This is the water that comes direct from your kitchen faucet prior to being run through a home water filter.

Declining Confidence In Municipal Supplies

An infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water to every home is one of the basic prerequisites of a civilized society. It’s something that’s existed in America for over 100 years in some cities.

But when you consider that there are approximately 1.2 million miles of underground water pipes in the US, it is inevitable that there will eventually be leaks, breaks, and contamination issues. After all, that is enough to run five pipelines from the earth to the moon!

The majority of this infrastructure was put in place in the 1940s, and this a big part of the problem. Prior to 1948, water supply was a state-run affair, and water treatment processes were haphazard. Fortunately, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was enacted, and resulted in a vast improvement in the quality and safety of water in our country and in what was being delivered to our homes.

Even 70 years later, our society has continued to make improvements. We have a water supply that is regulated and mostly safe, with the exception of a few isolated incidents. And although some may believe that their water does not always taste great, our water supply is considered to be entirely safe for drinking.

However, as personal health awareness trends continue to grow, some folks want their water purified to a higher degree before putting it into their body. That is the reason why people are becoming more interested in having a home water filter, to remove any remaining contaminants or chemical tastes from their water.

Municipalities are coming to the stark realization that much of their aging infrastructure is requiring replacement very soon. Researchers at the University of Stamford have estimated that the federal government needs to find an almost unimaginable $3.6 trillion between now and 2020 to plough into the municipal supply network. If they don’t, they predict the contamination incidents due to failing infrastructure will only continue to get worse.

In mid-2017, USA Today ran a story that demonstrated that 1 in 5 American citizens have been exposed to unsafe drinking water due to municipal contamination issues at some point in the past decade. And the level of risk is the same whether you live in a Manhattan apartment or a Nebraska suburb.

And Then There’s That Chemical Taste...

It is easy to get carried away with the contamination stories, and the press loves it for selling newspapers, but even if we were to give the municipal supplies the benefit of the doubt, and accept that incidents of water contamination are rare, there is still the issue of taste.

Water mains are treated with chlorine and chloramines to kill off bacteria. It is carefully monitored and is well within safety limits, but it can also give your water that unpleasant chemical pool water taste.

We also have the potential for heavy metals such as aluminum and lead leaching from those 70+ year old pipe coatings into your drinking water. Flint, MI is a great example of this. Even when these heavy metals are within EPA safety limits, the continuous consumption of these can be a danger to the body.

In short, while chlorine and chloramines play a critical role in the water supply process, it is advisable to avoid it, and instead use a water filter to remove these and any other potential contaminants once the water reaches your home.

Bottled Water Is Never The Answer

Many of the concerns we’ve touched on above has led to the huge increase in bottled water sales. But, did you know that majority of bottled water is simply tap water?

Some may say it tastes better than their tap water, but this is mainly due to the fact that bottled water companies work to ensure that the taste of the disinfection products used is reduced by the time it makes it into their final bottled water product.

An even bigger concern is that bottled water carries an immense environmental impact. Millions of barrels of oil go into the creation of bottled water. And, did you know that each bottle of water requires between 1.3 - 3 bottles of water to create. (depending on the data source) The vast majority of those bottles go into a landfill and/or end up in our waterways and oceans. It’s a sad sight to see.

Our continued consumption is rapidly creating an environmental catastrophe on a global scale.

The Berkey Water Filter – Reliable, Cost Effective, Better For The Environment

When you use a home filtration system, you no longer need all those plastic bottles. So, your impact on the environment is reduced.

The average bottle of water costs around a dollar per gallon. With a Big Berkey water filter, your average cost is just a few cents per gallon. That’s more than a 95% savings. So, when you purchase a Berkey, remember that it’s a long term investment that pays for itself very quickly.

We understand why water filters are becoming increasingly popular, but why are so many households choosing Big Berkey over others on the market?

It’s because we are prepared to stand our filters alongside all the rest, showing consumers just how well the Berkey stacks up. Everyone likes transparency, so we also make all of our water testing results available for review.

There is a Berkey water filter system to suit every home and circumstance, so why not take a look at our full Berkey range to choose the ideal one for you.

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