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The Berkey water filter is the simplest, most effective method of water treatment available. All things taken together your Berkey can provide you with high quality water in almost any circumstance where fresh water is available - pond, pool, lake, river, stream or puddle. Everyday or in an emergency your Berkey filter works because it uses no electricity. No other water filter can match the Berkey water filter for all-around convenience. Information is the key to good decision making and we at Berkey Water Fitler System hope these articles help you to make the decision to make a Berkey part of your healthy lifestyle.

Berkey and Other Drinking Purification Systems for Water

We at Berkey Water Filter System understand that water quality is an issue that concerns every member of a household, and a drinking purification system for water can provide peace of mind. Drinking water from almost every source will have some contaminants, but it is the kind and quantity that are the targets of all purification systems, including your Berkey water filter. Every area of the country has its unique set of water quality problems. Addressing those problems is the goal of a good water treatment filter and the reason that the Black Berkey Filter was developed.

A Second Lone of Defense with Berkey Water Filter

Most water treatments plants do a good job of eliminating serious and health threatening contaminants. Unfortunately, many water supplies are stressed due to overpopulation in areas, environmental conditions, and budget problems. The Environmental Protection Agency sets (EPA) limits on allowable pollutants in water being used by households for drinking. There are over ninety contaminants that are measured and controlled, and the number grows all the time, making a drinking purification system for water a necessity. Berkey water filters are an excellant way of creating a second line of defense against water borne contaminant of all kinds

Your Berkey will remove most contaminants but it is still advised tha water consumers need to review the annual reports that area water treatment plants are required by law to publish. Being an informed water user is the first rule. There should be no mystery surrounding the water you are drinking and showering in on a daily basis. Between the EPA and the local water treatment plant reports, you can determine which contaminants need to bet eliminated using a Berkey drinking water filter.

Taking Control with Your Berkey Water Filter

Once you understand the contaminants you need to remove from your household water, the next step is choosing a drinking purification system for water. There are two primary systems and within each system exist various kinds of filters.

The point of use drinking purification system for water treats water as you turn the water on for use. In other words, it is attached to the faucets and filters the water when you need it. There are simple filters such as the carbon filter, and more elaborate systems like the water distiller and reverse osmosis filtering systems. Many of these filters do little more than remove bad taste and odors and offer little protection against other contaminants. The advantage of the Berkey water filter is that it is a stand alone unit that performs without electricity or even water pressure, keeping cost down your Berkey water filter can even provide safe water in an electrical outage.

The second kind of drinking purification system for water is the point of entry system. This water filtering system is installed where the water enters the house rather than on a particular faucet. With this system, all water used in the house is purified. Obviously, such a system is going to be more expensive than most point of use treatment facilities. Again the advantage you get with your Berkeyis that the Black Berkey filter works by force of gravity, making it very inexpensive to maintain and operate.

With Berkey the Choice is Simple, Here are Other Options

Determining the best system to use for your purposes depends on the level of contaminants and the health hazards they pose. Point of use systems are ideal for homes where drinking water purification is the primary goal.The Berkey water filter fills this need perfectly. Point of entry systems are best where water is potentially damaging to plumbing due to mineral buildup or where contaminants are not being filtered by a treatment plant.

The kinds of common organic and inorganic pollutants that a drinking purification system like your Berkey water filter will target include the following:

  • Chlorine and chloramines
  • Fluoride
  • Bacterial microbes
  • Parasites and other micro-organisms
  • Minerals
  • Metals including lead

Arsenic and Fluoride - Berkeys PF-2 Reduction Element Will Help Keep You Safe

THe Black Berkey filter that comes with your Berkey model will not remove arsenic or fluoride. You need to check with your municpal water supplier or have your water tested to determine if arsenic or fluoride are present. If they are then you can easily add the Berkey PF-2 reduction element to your Black Berkey Filter and help elementate that threat.

A Bit of Advice From Berkey

Regardless of what kind of filter you choose it is important that you always be aware of the quality of the water you are drinking. Never take your water quality for granted. Take control of your water quality and insure that your family is drinking only pure water by buying and using a Berkey Water filter - You won't regret it!

Here's Why Berkey Water Filter is Such a Great Alternative:

  • Your Berkey is long-lasting
  • Your Berkey use results in a minimal amount of waste
  • Your Berkey is low-tech, simple solutions rule at Berkey
  • Your Berkey water filter environmental impact is very low
  • Your Berkey is highly effective
  • Your Berkey use no electricity which makes it valuable in an emergency.
  • Your Berkey is YOUR BERKEY meaning that you are in control of the quality of your water.
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