Category : Berkey Water Filters

Choosing the Right Berkey System

January 20th, 2014

This looks pretty, but it might not be safe to drink!

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Choosing the Right Berkey System

If you’ve been following my blog, and I hope that you have been, you’ve read several critical reasons why it is important to filter the tap water pouring into your home. You should never trust that the water supplied by your municipality is safe for consumption. If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve hopefully decided to purchase a Berkey water filter system, but which one is right for you? I’ll explain the different water filter systems to make your choice easier!

Crown Berkey

The Crown Berkey filtration system is the granddaddy of the Berkey units. It was inspired by the need for larger quantities of safe, filtered water after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Crown Berkey water filter is the water filter system that can support the H2O demand of disaster relief efforts, hospitals, and other large volume needs. The unit’s specifics are: Read more »

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. Read more »

Kidney Health and Drinking Water Contaminants

March 15th, 2013

When consumed, drinking water contaminants can harm the body in many different ways. Some effects are acute, meaning that they occur within days of ingesting the contaminated water. Chronic effects, on the other hand, occur after several years of exposure to the contaminant. The kidney is one organ that frequently suffers chronic effects from long-term exposure to contaminants. Since March is National Kidney Month it seems appropriate to discuss the types of contaminants that can affect kidney health.

The Kidneys

Since the main purpose of the kidneys is to filter the blood for toxins and other impurities, it is not surprising that many contaminants can easily damage this very important organ. These contaminants can be released into your drinking water from a variety of different sources. Below is a list of the drinking water contaminants that can damage the kidneys. The contaminants are grouped by their primary source.

Water Disinfection Byproducts

Total Trihalomethanes

 

Discharge from Factories

1,1,2 – Trichloroethylene

Chlorobenzene

Hexachlorobenzene

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene

Mercury

o-Dichlorobenzene

p-Dichlorobenzene

Pentachlorophenol

Styrene

Thallium

Toluene

 

Runoff from Petroleum Refineries

Ethylbenzene

Ethylene dibromide

 

Herbicide / Insecticide Runoff

2,4-D

Alachlor

Glyphosate

Lindane

Toxaphene

 

Corroded Plumbing Systems

Cadmium

Copper

Lead

 

In addition to the chemical contaminants listed above, a particular strain of the biological contaminant, E. coli (O157: H7), can lead to kidney damage as well. The bacteria infect the gastrointestinal system which causes premature destruction of red blood cells. These red blood cells clog the kidneys which can result in kidney failure, especially in children.

The Solution

In order to maintain good kidney health it is important to limit your exposure to any of the above contaminants that might be in your drinking water. The Berkey Water Filters are very effective at removing or reducing nearly all of the drinking water contaminants that can potentially damage the kidneys. If there is a chance that any of these drinking water contaminants could be in your water, consider purchasing a Berkey Water Filter. It will not only benefit your kidney health but your overall well-being as well.

 

Select Water Filters Now Available in California

December 4th, 2012

Sales of select Berkey water filtration systems are now available to customers in the state of California. For several years, Berkey Water Filters could not be shipped to California residents. This limitation was due to somewhat ambiguous regulations that went into effect January 1, 2010. The regulations were not only vague but the related requirements also made it very costly, if not impossible, for smaller companies to comply with the regulations that were unique to the state of California.

Recently, the state of California further defined the requirements that pertain to this regulation. While certain California regulations still prohibit residential filtration systems that make health –related claims, such as pathogenic bacteria removal, it was recently determined that the regulations do not apply to water filtration systems used in outdoor and sporting applications. The systems that fall under this category and are therefore now available to California residents are:

  • Sport Berkey®
  • Go Berkey®
  • Travel Berkey®
  • Berkey Light™ (with or without LED lights)

Replacement elements will also be available for these systems as well.  Feel free to contact Berkey Filters Customer Service with any questions or concerns.

 

Improve Your Thanksgiving Dinner with Clean Water

November 20th, 2012

This Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving. If you are hosting a dinner, you will likely spend the entire morning and early afternoon painstakingly preparing the turkey and other main side dishes. Like any host, you will labor over all of the details, from the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes to the napkins on the table, so that your guests can have the perfect Thanksgiving experience. As a Berkey Filter user who is concerned about your water quality, you obviously will serve filtered water as a beverage option. In addition to drinking water, there are even more ways that you can utilize your purified water to enhance your Thanksgiving dinner. So before you begin the preparations for the big day, take a moment to discover the many of uses of clean water.

Drinking water

Offering your guests clean drinking water is the most obvious way to use your purified water. Both tap water and private well water can have a variety of contaminants including heavy metals, petrochemicals, pesticides, disinfectants, and if you are extremely unfortunate, pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Even if chemicals or disease-causing organisms are not present at harmful levels, the thought of contaminants in your water is less than appetizing. Since your guests will probably prefer to cleanse their palates with clean drinking water as opposed to a contaminant cocktail, make sure to have plenty of purified water ready. It only takes about an hour to make a fresh batch of purified water but you can also filter extra water in advance and store it in a beverage dispenser or your refrigerator. Don’t forget to make purified ice using ice trays!

Rinsing food

If you plan to prepare a turkey for dinner, one of the first things you will do with your thawed turkey is rinse the outside of the bird as well as the cavity. The goal is to “clean” the turkey and then coat it with your choice of seasonings. While sage, thyme, or other herb is a seasoning of choice, contaminants are not. Rinsing with unpurified water leaves a residue on the surface of the food which can influence taste. For example, water containing chlorine, the most common disinfectant in water systems, oftentimes has a bleach-like or medicinal taste. The residue left from rinsing with chlorinated water may impart the same unwanted taste in your turkey. This unappetizing aftertaste may occur when you rinse your fruits and vegetables as well so remember to use the purified water.

Boiling water for cooking and preparing hot beverages

As you prepare your side dishes, you will likely boil potatoes, rice, or pasta. This is another step of the food preparation process that can use a little help from your purified water. Just as with rinsing your turkey, fruits, and vegetables, boiling your side dish ingredients in unpurified water will leave a less than palatable residue behind. You may also boil water for tea, coffee, or other hot beverage. Keep in mind that boiling water actually concentrates contaminants like heavy metals. So if you live in an old house with lead pipes or copper pipes with lead solder joints, your plumbing may contribute lead to your drinking water. In this situation, it is advised that you only use cold water for cooking and that you run the tap water for at least one minute prior to use. These extra precautions are time-consuming when you are already in a rush to finish cooking. And then you will worry that you are giving your guests a higher than normal concentration of lead because you had to boil water for tea! Reduce unnecessary worry and stress by boiling only purified water.

Berkey saves the day!

Whether you realize it or not, water is a large part of your dinner preparations for Thanksgiving or any other meal, for that matter. Using water that is contaminant-free not only prevents the consumption of unwanted contaminants but also helps to enhance the flavors of the meal. Before the food preparation frenzy begins, be sure to filter a large amount of water so that you have enough available for cooking as well as drinking. When the festivities begin your guests will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and you can sit back, relax, and be thankful for your Berkey Water Filter.

 

Election 2012: The Berkey Filter is the Right Water Filter for You

November 5th, 2012

On Election Day, you will be making decisions that you hope will have a positive impact on the country. During this time of great decision-making, take a moment to consider something else that is just as important. It is neither a political office nor legislation but is something that you take for granted every day –and that is clean water. This substance is vital to life on earth and is undeniably a part of your daily activities. Water is so very important but is it as pure as you would prefer, or do you need to improve your water quality? Wouldn’t you like to have a water filter that you can use on a daily basis as well as in the event of an emergency to provide you with healthy water that won’t make you sick?

There are numerous water filters on the market but we are convinced that the Berkey water filter is the right choice for you. Below are the reasons why the Berkey should get your “vote”.

The Berkey filter has your best interests in mind.

Its Black Berkey Purification Elements remove contaminants like bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and chlorine but leave the healthy minerals in your water so that you can enjoy the nutritional benefits.

The Black Berkey Purification Elements will be with you for possibly four years or longer.

Each element has a lifespan of 3000 gallons. If you are using a unit with two elements and use 4 gallons per day (the average daily amount used for a family of four) you can expect the elements to last for about 4 years!

The Berkey filter will not require you to spend all of your hard-earned money.

Since the purification elements have such a long lifespan, the majority of your expense is the initial purchase of the unit with occasional replacement of the elements. No one likes debt whether it is on the national or personal level. Avoid a debt crisis by investing in a cost-efficient Berkey filter.

The Berkey filter is able to meet the varying needs of the people.

The seven model sizes vary from a 1 quart to a 6 gallon storage capacity and most of the units allow for variable element configurations. For example, the Crown Berkey can be run with as little as 2 elements but can accommodate up to 8 elements giving you an unbelievable 24,000 gallon lifespan if all are used at the same time! Using this maximum configuration, the Berkey unit will filter 26 gallons per hour!

The Berkey filter has an excellent reputation in “foreign relations”.

The Berkey has traveled the world with missionaries, world explorers, and many other types of Berkey owners. You do not have to worry about your water quality when the Berkey filter is with you.

The Berkey Filter has a dependable “team of advisors”.

The Berkey Filters Customer Service Team will not let you down. They are available Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM, to provide you with excellent support services concerning unit preparation and assembly, troubleshooting, sales, or any other issue.

 

We all can admit that Berkey filters are very attractive filtration units, whether they have a stainless steel or blue co-polyester housing, but do not simply choose the Berkey for this reason alone. Make a conscious decision to improve your water’s taste, your health, your well-being, and your level of preparedness for any emergency. You deserve the best water filter available. Purchase a Berkey filter today and have hope for a positive future with contaminant-free water!

 

Survey Says Preppers Rely on Berkey Water Filters

September 5th, 2012

We recently conducted a survey to determine the main reason our customers purchase Berkey water filters. Overwhelmingly, our customers responded that they prefer to purchase the Berkey filter as a part of emergency preparedness stockpiling. So why are Berkey filters so popular among emergency preppers?

Amazing Filtering Capability

The Black Berkey Elements have a unique structure that enables them to effectively remove many different kinds of contaminants from the water. Not only do these water filters remove contaminants like heavy metals but they can also remove viruses and bacteria, like E. coli. This means that in an emergency situation where clean water is not available, a person would be able to use the Berkey to filter water from any source, like a stream, pond, or lake, and make it drinkable. No chlorine bleach or boiling is necessary. Considering that the human body can only survive between 8 to 14 days without water, it only makes sense that a prepper would buy this water filter.

Easy to Assemble and Use

Assembly simply requires: 1) priming the elements, which saturates them with water, and 2) installing the elements and spigot by hand-tightening the components only. No tools are necessary. To use the unit, simply add water to the upper chamber and allow the water to filter through the elements. Since no electricity is necessary for the unit to function, the Berkey water filter is perfect for emergency situations.

Incredibly Long Lifespan

Each Black Berkey Element can last for approximately 3,000 gallons. Therefore, a unit that holds two elements can filter 6,000 gallons before requiring replacement. If a family of four is filtering four gallons of water per day using a two-element unit, they will not need to replace the elements for about four years! Over time, contaminants will clog the micro-pores of the element’s outer layer, causing the filtration rate to slow. When this occurs, the elements can be cleaned with a 3M ScotchBrite® pad. Preppers appreciate the long lifespan of the Berkey filters because they are assured a clean drinking water supply, even if the emergency situation were to last for several years.

No Expiration Date

The Black Berkey elements do not have an expiration date which means they can be stored indefinitely. This feature allows preppers to stockpile supplies now even though an emergency may not occur for many years.

Additional Benefit:  Dual Purpose

Survey results indicate that many preppers are now choosing to use their Berkey filters to purify their drinking water on a daily basis until an emergency situation occurs. The elements remove contaminants including chlorine from tap water which significantly improves the quality as well as the taste of the water. Using the Berkey filter for daily use in addition to emergency preparedness helps many individuals justify the initial cost of the Berkey filter.

There are so many reasons why preppers choose Berkey filters when planning for emergencies. No one knows when a natural disaster or other catastrophe will occur. Purchase a Berkey water filter and be prepared for any emergency.

 

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