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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.

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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    • Is Distilled Water Safe to Drink?

      Distilled water basically refers to any water that has undergone purification using the process of distillation — where water is heated to boiling point and the water vapor (steam) that forms is collected. Any contaminants such as chemicals and metals that may be present in the water remain behind. As a result, the water vapor collected is much purer than the original water. But is distilled water safe to drink? Well, yes and no. It depends on how you look at it, and what you consider safe. Because distillation is effective at removing most contaminants, it is usually safe to drink water that has been treated in this manner. The water produced will be purer and safer than the original water source. However, distilled water may not always be safe to drink. It depends largely on the quality of the source water being treated. For example, treating non-potable water that contains high levels of industrial contaminants may produce distilled water that still contains harmful pollutants at levels high enough to pose a risk to human health. Side Note: If you would like to see how a comparison of the berkey water filter vs distilled water, this article will help you.An example of double distillationDistillation Removes Beneficial Minerals While the quality of distilled water will certainly be much higher than the original source water, the major drawback to drinking distilled water is that many of the essential minerals that are naturally present in water, such as magnesium and calcium, are unstable and are therefore released during the distillation process. As a result, distilled water may lack beneficial minerals typically found in spring- and mineral water, or other natural water sources. Lets look at the implications of this a little closer. Effect on Taste Because the vitamins and minerals have been stripped during the distillation process, distilled water tends to have very little taste, or worse still, if sold in plastic bottles, often tastes like plastic. This is because minerals that are normally present in drinking water help to keep the water tasting fresh. Furthermore, it may absorb harmful chemicals used to manufacture plastic such as BPA, an endocrine disrupter associated with neurological disorders, infertility, blood disorders and cancer to name a few. Some distilled water producers package their products in glass containers to avoid this.Causes Mineral & Electrolyte Deficiencies in the Body Drinking distilled water can deprive your body of beneficial minerals that are essential for our health and wellbeing, as minerals lost, for example in perspiration, are not replenished when you drink water; you are simply rehydrating. Also, because electrolytes — which are important for waste elimination and healthy body functioning — move from your body (where they are in a high concentration) to the mineral-free water (where they are in a low concentration, or rather non-existent), your electrolyte levels will gradually decrease, eventually leading to an electrolyte imbalance. Increased Acidity Because distilled water contains no minerals, it readily assimilates other compounds. For example, when it mixes with air it can absorb carbon dioxide, which will cause the water to become more acidic. While consuming acidic water in itself is not necessarily dangerous, experts agree that alkaline water is better for us and that consistently drinking acidic water can pose several health risks, including osteoporosis and cancer. Changes the pH of Blood and Body Tissue Distilled water has a pH of 7.0, while the pH level of blood needs to be between 7.35 and 7.45. Should blood pH levels drop below that, the blood and body tissues can become excessively acidic — a condition known as acidosis. Significant imbalances in minerals, electrolyte and pH levels can result in nutrient deficiencies, muscle cramps, fluid retention, fatigue, headaches, impaired heart rate, as well as other potentially harmful health effects. According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), any drinking water that has been demineralized during treatment — including water treated by reverse osmosis, nano-filtration, desalination and deionization — will have the same health pitfalls as distilled water, unless that water is remineralized. So, while distillation is a simple, cost-effective method of purifying water, making it safe to drink in the short-term, long-term consumption is not recommended as your body will lose essential minerals and electrolytes that are important for normal healthy body functioning. The most effective way of removing contaminants from drinking water without stripping the water of essential minerals is filtration. Using a high-end portable home water filter, such as those in the Berkey range, you can effectively remove a wide range of harmful contaminants while still retaining the minerals and nutrients that not only give water its fresh, awesome taste, but which your body needs for good health. If you would like to see how a comparison of the berkey water filter vs distilled water, this article will help you.

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    • Do Berkey Water Filters Remove Pharmaceutical Drugs & Hormones?

      Pharmaceutical drugs and hormones are classified as emerging drinking water contaminants that have been acknowledged as an area of growing concern by the EPA. Emerging contaminants are pollutants that are ubiquitous in water sources at low levels, but very little is known about the effects that these substances have on aquatic life or human health. Quick Answer: Yes, the Berkey water filter equipped with the standard black berkey filters WILL remove pharmaceuticals drugs and hormones that are found in the drinking water.  Here's a quick overview table of what's been tested.A listing of pharmaceuticals that the Berkey has been tested to remove.There is growing concern over the presence of pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products and hormones in drinking water, and what the long term affect of exposure to these substances can have on our health. Many studies have found various types of drugs, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as hormones in streams, rivers and lakes across the country. Of the 250 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste that is estimated to be flushed annually, a large percentage originate from hospitals and care facilities, which generate large volumes of pharmaceutical waste, as well as households and veterinary sources, for example from farm animal waste when livestock is treated with growth hormones or veterinary medication. Until recently, flushing pharmaceutical waste was common practice, and while this may no longer occur directly, drugs (medication) and hormones (for example from contraceptives) are added to wastewater indirectly when they are excreted by the body. Yet, while wastewater does get treated at a wastewater treatment plant before being discharged into the environment, wastewater treatment facilities do not have the capacity to remove most of these contaminants. As wastewater often gets discharged into rivers and lakes that provide us with drinking water, these contaminants may be present in the water you drink.How can you remove these pharmaceuticals from your drinking water? If you are concerned about the health effects of exposure to emerging contaminants which in all likelihood are present in your drinking water, you can invest in a good quality home water filter that is capable of removing these contaminants. However, because home water filters are not regulated or routinely tested before being marketed to consumers, not all filters are equal. However, while home water treatment filters are not regulated, manufacturers can undergo voluntary testing to ensure their product/s meet national standards and minimum requirements established by the NSF to ensure home water filters are capable of treating drinking water to a safe standard. The black berkey filters have been tested for removing these emerging contaminants, including pharmaceuticals and hormones such as ibuprofen, triclosan, caffeine and progesterone that are commonly found in drinking water.  The Berkey filters were tested for 17 different drugs and hormones, with each being removed to greater than 99.5% to meet NSF Standard 42 and NSF Standard 53 for chemical reduction.

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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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