A Comparison of Black Berkey and Ceramic Filters

November 12th, 2013

Ceramic water filtration is effective… just not as effective as other methods!


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A Comparison of Black Berkey and Ceramic Filters

Forgive me, because this is going to sound like a sales pitch, but if you are looking for the best water filter to protect your family’s drinking water then you need to look into a Black Berkey filter. I know you are thinking, “Lynn, that’s a sales pitch.” Honestly, however, it’s not. The Black Berkey has the right to stake its claim as the best, and I’m going to tell you why in this blog post. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll realize that I’m not “selling” you anything; I’m ensuring you and your family have the cleanest drinking water possible, which is what I’m passionate about and why I do what I do.

Ceramic Water Filtration

Pacify me for just a second here, because I’m going to get a little scientific on you. In order to understand why the Black Berkey filter exceeds other water filters on the market, you need to understand how water filters work. Because I am talking about tap water purity, I’m going to compare the Black Berkey to a ceramic filter, a popular household water filtration system.

The ceramic water filtration process is a simple one. Ceramic is a porous material through which water can easily flow, but many other substances cannot. Ceramic filtration is effective in removing bacteria, microbial cysts, and protozoa from your tap water. It is not, however, effective in removing viral contamination; viruses are small and can easily fit through the ceramic filter’s pores.

A ceramic filtration system might also leave chemical contaminants in your water if it doesn’t have an added carbon filtration element. Dangerous substances such as chlorine, which is commonly used to “treat” municipal water sources, fluoride, prescription drug residue, and even methane gas depending on where you live, can all “fit” through the ceramic filter’s pores.

Aside from the inability to filter out all of the contaminants nobody wants in their water, the ceramic filtration process works by running water through the ceramic filter and into a ceramic receptacle to catch the filtered water. Sounds easy enough, but there’s a hidden danger associated with that as well; mold and algae thrive in dark, moist environments, and the receptacle and the filter itself are the perfect breeding ground for these dangerous spores.

Berkey Filtration

To a certain extent, Berkey filtration systems work the same way as ceramic ones. Berkey water filtration systems also provide water filtration through porous filters into a holding receptacle. The Berkey receptacles, however, are made of stainless steel or polymer material less prone to mold and algae growth. The other difference between the two systems is in the filter itself. With Berkey filters, you receive far more stringent water filtration.

Berkey has all of its water filters tested in laboratories that have received the EPA’s blessing prior to selling these filters to consumers. When the Black Berkey was tested, it exceeded contaminant removal specifications so drastically, that it set a new standard for the water filtering industry. Yes, the filter is actually that good.

Specifically, the Black Berkey filter was capable of handling contaminant concentration levels 10,000 times higher than current test protocols. That’s right! We threw 10,000 times more bad stuff at the water filter just to see what it would do, and it filtered everything; all of it! Tests proved that the filtered water was 100 percent free of all pathogens. Naturally, these test results far exceeded both the EPA and ANSI/NSF protocols.

So, what can this amazing little filter pull out of your water? How about everything. The filter removes the bacteria, microbial cysts, and protozoa from your tap water. But, it also removes viruses, water treatment chemicals, inorganic minerals, lead, mercury, and other heavy metals, and volatile inorganic compounds. With a Berkey filter, what’s left in your water is simply the H, the 2, and the O.

It might sound like I’m picking on ceramic water filtration systems, but I’m not. These systems can be very effective in filtering water under certain circumstances, and are used heavily in third-world countries. When asked for my expert opinion, however, the Black Berkey really does take the cake in water filtration. This filter removes nearly all harmful contaminants 100 percent – 100 percent! That exceeds federal water cleanliness regulations. So, yes, I’m perhaps giving you a little bit of a sales pitch here, but it’s only because my job is to educate people on the importance of clean, pure water, and the Black Berkey filter provides the best water filtration over any other system by far.


Written By: Lynn Taylor

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