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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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    • California's Underground Water Storage Plans Could be Risky

      Note: Yes, the black berkey filters that come standard with our berkey water filter systems do filter out and remove chromium 6 from the water. These berkey test results for chromium 6 can be found here.) With $2.5 billion allocated for water management projects within the state, California is considering alternative water storage options that will render the state more resilient to extreme droughts, which are expected to increase in the future with climate change. Many of the proposed new water storage solutions include underground storage as apposed to water storage in surface dams, which are more prone to water loss through evaporation. However, while having a diverse range of water management options is likely to help buffer the state from water losses during periods of prolonged drought, scientists at Stanford University are concerned about potential groundwater contamination from hazardous chemicals originating from both industrial and natural sources.Drought Affects on Folsom Lake, CaliforniaTheir biggest concern is chromium, which occurs naturally in rocks and soils, and depending on soil chemistry can be in one of two forms: 1) chromium-3, which is harmless; and 2) chromium-6, which is toxic and poses a risk to human health, causing symptoms such as throat-, nose-, eye- and skin irritations, and has also been linked to lung cancer. A new scientific study, which was recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, analyzed an extensive database of groundwater records, including water samples taken from drinking water wells, to map chromium hotspots around the state. While chromium does occur naturally, it is also released into soils by human activities. But, while people are becoming more aware of contamination from human sources — thanks to activists such as Erin Brockovich, who won a class action lawsuit she filed against Pacific Gas & Electric for chromium-6 contamination in 1993 — Scott Fendorf, a soil chemist at Stanford and co-author of the study, says "that's just not the only threat to groundwater. If you're thinking larger, the natural contaminants are really widespread," particularly in California, where the soil chemistry gives rise to chromium-rich rocks, he adds.The researchers tested water from just under 16,000 wells spread across the state, and discovered that all of them had trace levels of chromium-6 present. However, some of the wells had chromium-6 present at levels that exceeded the maximum levels of 10 parts per billion recommended by the state as safe for drinking water. The sources of the chromium-6 contamination originates from several sources, including industrial (e.g. metal plating), agricultural (fertilizers), and natural sources. Chromium-6 is found in rocks located in areas where continental and oceanic plates meet, such as found in California along the San Andreas Fault where the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate come together. Serpentinite, with its distinct green coloration (indicating the presence of chromium-6), is a type of rock that is commonly found in these zones. But Fendorf believes that human activities can aggravate the formation of naturally occurring chromium-6. For example, applying chemicals to remove toxic industrial contaminants from soils — a cleanup method known as in-situ chemical oxidation — can transform the more benign chromium-3 into the much more hazardous chromium-6. According to Fendorf, over-extraction of water from underground aquifers for crop irrigation can also contribute to increased levels of chromium-6. "The water table is made of many stacked layers, alternating between sections of loose, wet gravel and sand and tightly-packed layers of fine clay," Fendorf explains. "The clay acts as a sponge with all this naturally chromium-rich dirty water in it," and when you starting overdrawing, you put pressure on the clays and start pushing dirty water into the main water that you're pumping out." While Fendorf's study shows that the more concentrated pockets of chromium contamination originate from industrial and agricultural sources, the impact of natural chromium affects a much wider area across the state and impacts a much larger proportion of drinking water sources. But even though chromium occurs throughout the state of California, neither state nor federal agencies have agreed on an acceptable safety level for the contaminant in drinking water. In 2014, California — which has historically recommended its own safety thresholds with regard to environmental regulations — set the maximum recommended safety level for chromium-6 in drinking water at 10 parts per billion due to potential risks associated with exposure. However, a 2017 court ruling suspended this recommendation as it failed to take the cost industries and agencies needed to incur to comply with these safety regulations into account. Currently, the EPA has set the safety threshold for chromium-6 at 100 parts per billion, while the states recommendations is half that amount at only 50 parts per billion. While they are currently revising these safety thresholds, you and your family may be exposed to dangerous levels of chromium-6 in your drinking water. Journal Reference Debra M. Hausladen, Annika Alexander-Ozinskas, Cynthia McClain & Scott Ferndorf. Hexavalent Chromium Sources and Distribution in California Groundwater. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52 (15), pp 8242–8251; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b06627

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    • Hungry Antibiotic Loving Bacteria Could Help Rid Environment of Antibiotic Contaminants

      Antibiotic drugs can be a lifesaver for anyone suffering from a bacterial infection such as meningitis or pneumonia. Antibiotics kill bacteria, and thus help fight infection. But some types of bacteria can develop a resistance to these drugs, while others not only become resistant but also utilize antibiotics as a source of food. Until now, scientists have not fully understood how drug resistant bacteria manage to safely consume antibiotics, but a study that was published in the scientific journal Nature Chemical Biology earlier this year reveals important steps in this process. The study's findings could help establish new methods to remove antibiotics from soil and water, thus ridding the environment of antibiotic contaminants which promote drug resistance, undermining our ability to cure bacterial infections effectively. "Ten years ago we stumbled onto the fact that bacteria can eat antibiotics, and everyone was shocked by it," said senior author Gautam Dantas, an associate professor of pathology and immunology, of molecular microbiology, and of biomedical engineering at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. "But now it's beginning to make sense. It's just carbon, and wherever there's carbon, somebody will figure out how to eat it. Now that we understand how these bacteria do it, we can start thinking of ways to use this ability to get rid of antibiotics where they are causing harm."Antibiotics in the environment contribute to drug resistance. But researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have figured out how some soil bacteria turn the drugs into food. The information could lead to new ways to clean up antibiotic-contaminated soil and waterways.When these resistant bacteria get into soil, waterways and ultimately drinking water sources, they can cause antibiotic resistance in people who are exposed to them. Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly common problem that adversely affects medical treatment of infectious diseases, eroding the advances made in medical care since antibiotics were discovered, and ultimately putting people's lives at risk. Modern day agricultural and industrial practices which saturate the environment with antibiotic drugs are fueling the growth of antibiotic resistance. In China and India, the two largest producers of antibiotic drugs, pharmaceutical companies often discharge antibiotic-laden wastewater into local waterbodies. Back home in the US, farmers routinely feed antibiotics to their livestock to help them grow healthy and strong, resulting in animal waste that is laded with these drugs. Because bacterial communities readily exchange genetic material, when soil and water become polluted with antibiotics, bacteria living in these habitats respond by sharing their antibiotic resistant genes with their neighbors.The researchers wanted to gain a clearer understanding of how some bacteria in the environment are not only resistant to antibiotics, but also feed on the drugs. They examined four types of soil bacteria that were distantly related and which flourished on a diet consisting solely of penicillin — the first antibiotic ever discovered, which until recently was widely used but is prescribed less often now due to antibiotic resistance. They found three sets of genes that were activated when the bacteria consumed penicillin, but which became inactive when the bacteria consumed sugar. The three genetic sets correspond to the three steps the bacteria take to convert what should be a lethal drug into a nutritious meal. According to the authors, "all of the bacteria start by neutralizing the dangerous part of the antibiotic. Once the toxin is disarmed, they snip off a tasty portion and eat it." Gaining a clearer understanding of the steps the bacteria take to convert antibiotics into a source of food may help scientists bioengineer bacteria and put them to work ridding soil and waterbodies that are contaminated with antibiotics in an effort to combat the rise in drug resistance. Because soil dwelling bacteria that typically consume antibiotics are not so easy to work with, the researchers suggest that with some genetic tweaking, "a more tractable species such as E. coli potentially could be engineered to feed on antibiotics in polluted land or water.""With some smart engineering, we may be able to modify bacteria to break down antibiotics in the environment," said Terence Crofts, a post-doctoral researcher and primary author of the study.While bacteria are effective at removing antibiotics from soil, their rate of consumption is slow. Consequently, if we have any hope of eradicating antibiotics from hotspots such as sites located near sewage plants' or pharmaceutical manufacturers' discharge outlets, any bioengineering project with this goal in mind would need to encourage the bacteria to consume antibiotics faster."You couldn't just douse a field with these soil bacteria today and expect them to clean everything up," Dantas said. "But now we know how they do it. It is much easier to improve on something that you already have than to try to design a system from scratch."Journal Reference T.S. Crofts, et al. Shared strategies for β-lactam catabolism in the soil microbiome. Nature Chemical Biology. Vol.14, 556-564; (2018)

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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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