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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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    • Berkey Water Filter Scam??

      Before making any online purchase, people will almost always do some background research on the product/s that they are interested in. Shopping for water filters is no exception, and we certainly encourage people to learn more about the different types of water filters out on the market and their capabilities before parting with their hard earned dollars. However, while conducting online research of Berkey filters, people may come across a post that refers to a "Berkey Water Filter Scam". So, what's the deal with this? Are Berkey water filters legit or are they indeed a scam? The truth is that Berkey water filters have been around for over 20 years and are a top brand that offers high end products of excellent quality.  We specialize in ensuring that you and your family are provided with clean safe drinking water. Let's examine some of the scam claims a little more closely and address some of these issues and doubts. Berkey Effectiveness - Sounds Too Good to be True The fact that Berkey water filters are able to remove 99.999% of pathogens (including, bacteria, viruses, parasites, cysts and harmful chemicals), as well as a wide range of other toxic contaminants such as chlorine, lead and pesticides that are commonly found in drinking water, without removing minerals necessary to maintain good health, does sound a little too good to be true. Especially considering that it can achieve this without requiring electricity to run; meaning it can deliver safe drinking water during an emergency or when camping in a remote location. But, the truth is it really can — and there are independent certified lab results to support these claims.  It's not magic, but rather a function of using high quality filtration ingredients combined with a slow gravity filter process that helps to provide these great results. Berkey Cost - Inexpensive Water Purifier Considering that Berkey water filters are able to purify drinking water, they are relatively cheap for what they offer. But being so affordable can do them a disservice leading people to falsely believe that something so inexpensive cannot be a high quality product. But the fact of the matter is Berkey water filters are designed to be affordable due to the lack of moving parts or electronic components, instead making use of gravity to filter out harmful pollutants as the water passes through the filters. But the affordability is not limited to the purchase cost of the equipment alone; they are also very economical to use when compared to their competitors or the cost of purchasing bottled water. Berkey Unavailability in Iowa and California The Berkey water filter system is not being available in Iowa at all and only a limited selection of Berkey products are available in California. This has caused some consumers to query its effectiveness. But the reason for its unavailability in these two states is due to them requiring additional certifications not required by other states, which at the current time is simply not viable for Berkey to pursue considering the cost of attaining these additional certifications and the potential business having them would generate. So, these are financial/business decisions the company has been forced to make and not as a result of product quality/safety or filtration effectiveness. The Bottom Line of a Berkey Water Filter The bottom line is that you should never believe everything you read on the internet, including our own statements. By all means do your homework, research products, but don't necessarily take things you read at face value. Everyone will have an opinion, and these may not always be well informed. So, when embarking on a fact-finding mission, delve a little deeper to learn the truth. Berkey water filters are a simple, but revolutionary product that can absolutely offer positive health benefits to you and your family. Furthermore, their potability and independence of electricity means that our water filters can be used anywhere, supplying you with a source of pure, healthy water no matter what the circumstances, wherever you may be. But don't just take our word for it, read the many independent Berkey positive reviews from our happy customers who are more than satisfied with their Berkey purchase, which speak volumes. If you have questions about the system that you feel are unaddressed or unanswered, please let us know in our comments section below. We take great pride in our filter systems and want to ensure our customers are fully informed about all aspects of our business.

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    • Comparing a Berkey Water Filter vs Brita

      Comparing a Berkey Water Filter vs Brita  - When purchasing a home water filtration system, the options available can be confusing. Many of the popular home water filters vary drastically in price, and one may be tempted to opt for the cheaper product. But before making any rash online purchase decisions, it is wise to get up to speed with the capabilities of water filter/s you are interested in, as well as the long-term costs associated with each product and compare these before adding products to your online cart and checking out. Impulsively opting for a cheaper product may not only result in purchasing an inferior product, but it may actually end up costing you far more in the long run. The Berkey range of drinking water filters fall into the top end range due to their superior design, construction and filtering capabilities. Yet, compared to the ever popular Brita pitcher filters they are quite pricey. But, is all as it seems? Let's compare the berkey vs brita from these two manufacturers to check out how much bang your are getting for your buck. Maximum Holding Capacity Berkey offers a wide range of water filters ranging from the small Travel Berkey filter that are capable of filtering up to 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters) of water at a time to the large Crown Berkey water filter that can filter 6 gallons at a time, meaning that with a Berkey filter on hand you will always have a ready supply of fresh drinking water, no matter where on earth you are. Berkey water filter systems come with a lifetime warranty — always a good indicator that a manufacturer believes wholeheartedly in their product. The Brita range of water filters for home use are currently available in pitcher and dispenser sizes, and the largest Brita filter is only capable of filtering 80 ounces (0.5 gallons/2.3 liters) of water at a time. So, if you have a thirsty family, you may have to wait a while for more fresh water to be on hand. Annual Filter Replacement Costs In many cases, the cost of a water filter system is misleading, as higher running costs can inflate the overall costs quite significantly, and a cheap filter may end up being not so cheap after all. Good quality water filters that are fitted with superior filter elements typically have a longer lifespan resulting in long-term savings that many consumers don't consider when making their purchase. The cost of replacement filters can quickly mount up over time, so this an important aspect to take into account when choosing a home water filter system. While the initial cost of a Berkey water filter may be higher than its competition, the cost of replacement filters needs to be factored into the equation. Unlike Brita water pitchers which need to have their filters replaced regularly (every 4-8 weeks), Berkey filters keep doing their thing for years before they need to be replaced. So when it comes to operating costs, Berkey filters are MUCH more affordable. Below is a breakdown of the costs associated with the berkey water filter vs brita (and potential savings if you opt for a Berkey): BritaInitial cost: $75.49 for 10 cup plastic pitcher and 4 filter cartridges Replacement filters: approximately $5 each Filter lifespan: approximately 6-8 weeks or 40 gallons (151 liters) Approx cost over 11 years: $385 Filters heavy metals and pathogenic bacteria and viruses? No 10 Cup Brita Plastic PitcherBig Berkey (most popular Berkey size)Initial cost: $258 - Big Berkey filter system including 2 x black filter elements (there are both cheaper and more expensive options) Filter lifespan: approximately 11 years or 6,076 gallons (23,000 liters) Cost of replacement filters: $107 for set of 2 Black Berkey filter elements (Not required for first 11 years or 23,000 litres) Cost over 11 years:  $258 Filters a wide range of contaminants including: heavy metals, chlorine and pathogens?  Yes The Big Berkey Water Filter - 2.25 Gallon SystemCompared to a Brita water filter, a Big Berkey system fitted with a set of Black Berkey filter elements could conservatively save you $127 or more over the 11-year lifespan of the filter elements, before they would need to be replaced. These are conservative estimates; depending on your water consumption, the savings could be much, much higher. And if you are currently drinking bottled water, switching to a Berkey filter could literally save you thousands of dollars over an 11 year period! Filtering Capability If you are shopping for a water filter, it stands to reason that you want to remove potential contaminants that may be present in your drinking water. It's safe to say, the list of contaminants that can be removed should play an important role in influencing your decision. Unlike Brita filters, the Berkey water filter systems fitted with Black Berkey filter elements have been tested and proven to remove pathogens (bacteria and viruses) to > 99.9999%, as well as a wide range of hazardous contaminants typically found in drinking water. While Brita filters can remove some common pharmaceutical pollutants, they are not capable of removing many common drinking water contaminants including viruses, and rather are only able to reduce some of these levels. So, effectively many contaminants that are removed by a Berkey, are not removed at all by the Brita, or are still present and just at lower concentrations.  So, you must be aware that the Brita is not protecting you and your family to the same degrees as the Berkey. A more detailed contaminant removal comparison between the Berkey and Brita can be found here. Verdict: Brita or Berkey? Brita home water filters continue to be extremely popular, largely due to their affordability. But, when the overall costs together with their filtering capabilities are compared side by side, Berkey water filter systems stand out as being far superior in terms of their affordability and quality. When you purchase a Berkey you can rest assured you are investing in a top quality water filter that will continue to supply your family with the safest drinking water for years to come without breaking the bank.

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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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