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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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    • Can Berkey Remove Microplastics From Water?

      Microplastics have been found in surface waters across the world, but scientists have only recently begun to examine the extent of these tiny plastic contaminants in groundwater sources. So, does a Berkey remove microplastics? A recent study has just found microplastic fibers in fractured limestone aquifers — groundwater systems that serve as a source of 25% of the world's drinking water. Quick Answer: The Black Berkey elements have been tested to remove viruses to the nanometer range which suggests that contaminants much larger in size, such as plastic fibers should also be removed. However, since actual testing of plastic fibers has not yet been conducted, we cannot officially make that claim.Does Berkey Remove Microplastics? A zoomed in picture of a microplastic found in drinking water. The study, which was recently published in the scientific journal Groundwater, found microplastic fibers, as well as an array of medicinal and other common household pollutants, in two Illinoisan aquifer systems."Plastic in the environment breaks down into microscopic particles that can end up in the guts and gills of marine life, exposing the animals to chemicals in the plastic," explained John Scott, a research scientist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and co-author of the study. "As the plastics break down, they act like sponges that soak up contaminants and microbes and can ultimately work their way into our food supply." Water seeps through fissures and cracks in limestone, and may also carry sewage and runoff containing contaminants from roadways, agricultural land and landfills into underground aquifers, Scott explained. For the study, the scientists analyzed 17 groundwater samples collected from springs and wells supplied by highly fractured limestone aquifers — 11 of which were located in close proximity to the St. Louis metropole, while 6 were located in outlying rural areas of northwestern Illinois. Sixteen of the seventeen samples analyzed were contaminated with microplastic fibers. According to the study, the sample with the highest concentration — containing 15.2 microplastic fibers per liter — came from a spring situated near St. Louis. However, according to Scott, because no risk assessment studies have been undertaken and microplastic levels in drinking water are not regulated, determining the health implications of those concentrations presents somewhat of a challenge. On comparing the concentrations of microplastics in groundwater samples with that of surface waters nearby, the researchers found that the concentrations were similar to levels found in streams and rivers in and around Chicago.Does Berkey Water Filter Remove Microplastics? A Diagram of how Microplastics are created.Upon examining the samples the scientists identified various personal health and other common household contaminants as well as microplastic fibers, suggesting that microplastics may originate from household onsite wastewater treatment systems. Polyester fibers are shed when clothing is washed, and make their way into the septic system with laundry water. From there they can potentially leach through soils with wastewater effluent, ultimately ending up in the groundwater, particularly in aquifers such as these where surface water tends to interact more readily with groundwater This study is the first of its kind and is only the tip of the iceberg, says Scott, who anticipates that microplastic contamination of both surface and groundwater systems will continue to be an issue for many years ahead. "Even if we quit plastics cold turkey today, we will still deal with this issue for years because plastic never really goes away," Scott said. "It is estimated that 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste have been produced since the 1940s, and 79 percent of that is now in landfills or the natural environment. To me, it is such a weird concept that these materials are intended for single use, yet they are designed to last forever." The problem is that these tiny microscopic plastic contaminants don't just last forever in the environment, they get into our food and water supplies, and ultimately into our bodies where they can potentially pose a health risk. So Does Berkey Remove Microplastics?Since the Black Berkey elements can reduce viruses down to the nanometer scale, in the tested range of 24-26 nanometers. 24-26 nanometers is .024 to .026 microns…in other words, much smaller than the plastic particles being found in water. The Berkey elements have been tested to remove viruses to the nanometer range which suggests that contaminants much larger in size, such as plastic fibers should also be removed. However, since actual testing of plastic fibers has not yet been conducted, we cannot officially make that claim. Journal Reference Samuel V Panno, et al. Microplastic Contamination in Karst Groundwater Systems. Groundwater. January 2019. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12862

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    • How Bad is Lead, and How do I Know if my Drinking Water is Contaminated?

      Lead is one of the most common drinking water contaminants. It is also one of the most harmful. Lead is a toxic heavy metal that can get into drinking water from the environment, for example by leaching through contaminated soil into underground aquifers, rivers and other water bodies that serve as a drinking water supply, or by leaching from lead water pipes and fittings used to distribute the water to our homes. Lead is toxic to everyone, even at low levels, but pregnant women, infants and young children are particularly vulnerable. Yet, according to Healthy Babies Bright Futures, one out of every six households' drinking water contains more lead than what is deemed safe to feed bottle-fed babies with, and it was found in the drinking water of 80% of homes tested. Side Note: All Berkey filter systems equipped with the black berkey filters will remove lead from your drinking water 99.9%+ .How do I Know if my Drinking Water is Contaminated with Lead?Adverse Symptoms After Exposure to Lead Ingesting high doses of lead can result in lead poisoning, with symptoms such as stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and weight loss. Although lead poisoning is relatively uncommon in the US, the long-term health risks from exposure to lower doses, where damage is less visible and therefore goes undetected, is unfortunately far more common. Health effects associated with long-term exposure to lead include damage to the developing brain, which makes it particularly harmful for developing fetuses and young children, who may suffer lifelong health impacts, including lower intelligence as well as learning and behavioral problems. How Do I Know if My Drinking Water Contains Lead? Unlike sediment or foul tasting chemicals, lead is not readily detected in drinking water as it does not discolor water or give it an unpleasant taste or odor. The only way to find out whether your water contains lead is to have it tested. Healthy Babies Bright Futures are currently offering a limited supply of affordable water testing kits at a reduced price to enable families to test their drinking water for lead. The test kits, which normally sell for $65 (including postage and water testing at Virginia Tech's Environmental Engineering laboratory) can be purchased online for as little as $12 via their website for a limited time only. Purchasers are urged to pay what they can afford, and to consider making a donation to sponsor a test kit so that they can continue to subsidize the test kits for less fortunate families for an extended period.What Should you do if your Drinking Water Contains Lead If your water supply contains lead you can take measures to reduce it. One simple method often that is touted to help reduce lead in drinking water is to run the tap for 30 seconds or more in order to flush out the water standing in the pipes that may contain leached lead. However, a recent study has shown that unless you run the tap for 6 minutes, which equates to wasting a LOT of precious water, this is unlikely to be very effective at reducing your exposure to lead. The only effective way to remove lead is to use a drinking water filter that is certified capable of removing lead.

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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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