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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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      Thirteen US states allow wastewater from oil and gas operations to be applied to roads as a dust suppressant or deicing mechanism. However, a study that was recently published in Environmental Science & Technology suggests that using oil and gas wastewater as a dust suppressant is far from ideal and that there is a need for a safer, non-toxic yet affordable alternative. The researchers assessed state regulations pertaining to the use of wastewater for deicing and dust suppression and found that thirteen states permitted its use for this purpose, while four others could allow it to be spread on road surfaces under regulations related to land spreading.The oil and gas wastewater used for deicing and dust suppression on roads originates from conventional vertically drilled oil and gas wells as apposed to fracking fluids used in the hydraulic fracturing oil extraction process."Oil and gas wastewaters are known to have high salt, organic and radioactivity concentrations," said lead author, Travis Tasker, a graduate student in environmental engineering at Penn State. "When we found out that this wastewater was being spread on roads, we wanted to evaluate its potential to cause biological toxicity and accumulate in road material or migrate into water resources." Oil and gas wastewater is loaded with salt, containing high levels of sodium, magnesium, calcium and strontium, which make it effective at suppressing dust and deicing roads. It also contains other toxic contaminants — such as radium, a known carcinogen — that can be harmful to the environment and/or human health, especially in large concentrations. "We would like to do experiments to test how effective the wastewaters are at suppressing dust in comparison to other commercial products," said Nathaniel Warner, assistant professor of environmental engineering, Penn State. "If the salts in the wastewaters are just as effective, then new regulations or additional treatment prior to spreading could help reduce the concentration of other contaminants of concern that exist in wastewaters, but not in commercial products." The research team sampled wastewater spread on roads in towns in Pennsylvania and then did laboratory simulations to determine where the pollutants in the wastewater would end up. The lab experiments showed that while rain washed salts off the road surface, some heavy metals such as lead did not wash away but rather remained behind, And in the case of radium, some of it is washed away during rain events, but some remained on the road surface.Radium, heavy metals and organic materials are all contaminants that could potentially pollute surface water and groundwater systems, and ultimately drinking water supplies. Salt is also a drinking water contaminant when it occurs at high concentrations. Yet while conventional methods used to treat wastewater can remove a number of these contaminants, it cannot reduce the level of salt. The researchers recommend that if wastewater is used as a deicing or dust suppressing agent on roadways it should at least be treated to remove radium and organic materials before it is applied to road surfaces. However, they would prefer to see alternative cost-effective alternatives being developed to replace wastewater use on roads, as the alternatives currently available are too costly for many municipalities to afford, meaning they either have to use oil and gas wastewater to treat roads or not treat the roads at all. Journal Reference T. L. Tasker, W. D. Burgos, P. Piotrowski, L. Castillo-Meza, T. A. Blewett, K. B. Ganow, A. Stallworth, P. L. M. Delompré, G. G. Goss, L. B. Fowler, J. P. Vanden Heuvel, F. Dorman, N. R. Warner. Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Spreading Oil and Gas Wastewater on Roads. Environmental Science & Technology, 2018; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00716

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      A study that was recently conducted by researchers from Portland State University has found that removing aging dams across the country instead of repairing them could save billions of dollars, but cautions that more research is needed surrounding the factors that are driving efforts to remove dams across the country. The study, which was recently published online in the scientific journal River Research and Applications, assessed currently available nation-wide data on dams and compared characteristics and trends of dams which have been demolished to those which have been left standing. div align="center"> If the current trend in dam demolition continues, the researchers estimate that anywhere between 4,000 - 36,000 dams will have been demolished by 2050. According to the study, the maximum cost of demolishing 36,000 dams is estimated to be around US$25.1 billion, which is significantly cheaper than the estimated cost of repairing these dams. According to estimates proposed by The American Society of Civil Engineers, it will cost more than US$45 billion to upgrade and repair around 2,170 dams considered high-risk to life and property should they fail. However, the cost of rehabilitating all the derelict dams in the US to bring them up to a condition deemed safe is higher still, estimated to be around US$64 billion. "I think it's time for a re-invigorated public process around managing the risks dams and aging dam infrastructure pose to public safety throughout the U.S.," said Zbigniew Grabowski, a Ph.D. candidate in PSU College of Liberal Arts and Science's Earth, Environment & Society program and lead author author of the study. "It's difficult to assess the actual public safety hazards and the most cost-effective ways of mitigating those hazards because the data on dams and dam removals has not been systematically compiled in a way that allows for robust analysis by government agencies or independent researchers." The researchers found that a disproportionately higher number of hydropower and water-supply dams were removed, suggesting more discussion is needed over the factors that drive dam removal.According to Grabowski, the decision to remove or rehabilitate a dam often hinges on cost-benefit tradeoffs between the environmental, social and economic impact of the dam in question. But, he says that we should also focus on public safety when making these decisions, as from a safety perspective it simply may not make sense to repair many of these dams. The study suggests several recommendations to improve the decision-making process, including: 1.  Data collection methods used to track records of dams that are rehabilitated or removed need to be standardized and made available to the public to allow researchers to undertake more effective comparative research and for decision-makers at local, state and national levels to be able to make more informed management decisions. 2.  Researchers and officials responsible for dam policy need to look at the broader picture when making decisions regarding the future of dams by taking a multi-disciplinary approach that draws knowledge from disciplines such as ecological restoration, dam safety engineering, technology and social science, while also considering communities that are affected by the presence or removal of dams. Journal Reference 1. Zbigniew J. Grabowski, Heejun Chang, Elise L. Granek. Fracturing dams, fractured data: Empirical trends and characteristics of existing and removed dams in the United States. River Research and Applications, 2018; DOI: 10.1002/rra.3283

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