To use, water is poured into the upper chamber. Gravity draws the water through the exclusive Black Berkey® purification elements. Contaminates are captured on and within the micro-porous purification elements and are separated from the water. The purified water then collects in the lower chamber where it can be drawn through the spigot.
The Powerful Black Berkey Purification Elements Providing you and your family with safe, healthy, Great tasting water!
Viruses are filtered to >99.999% as well as Pathogenic Bacteria, Cysts and Parasites (E.Coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Giardia, Crytosporidium, Taoutella Terrigena)
Trihalomethanes are removed to BELOW DECTABLE LIMITS (Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Chloroform, Dibromochloromethane - trihalomethanes effect the muscle and nervous system and cause some cancers)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are removed to BELOW DECTABLE LIMITS (Alachlor, Atrazine, Benzene, Carvofuran, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chlorine, Chlorobenzene, Chloroform, 2,4-D, DBCP, p-Dichlorobenzene, o-Dichlorobenzene, 1,1-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, 1,2-Dichloropropane, cis-I, 3-Dichloropropylene, Dinoseb, Endrin, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene Dibromide (EDB), Heptachlor, Heptachlor Epoxide, Hexachlorobutadiene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Lindate, Methoxychlor, MTBE, Pentachlorophenol, Simazine, Styrene, 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, Tetrachloroethylene, Toulene, 2,4,5-TP (Silvex), 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, 1,1,2-trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene, o-Xylene, m-Xylene, p-Xylene.
Heavy Metals are Reduced by up to 95%
The Black Berkey Filter Element also Removes or Reduces: RUST, Silt, Sediment, Foul Tastes and Odors!
For many years missionaries, adventurers, the Red Cross, and other emergency personnel have used Berkey Water Purifiers to protect their health, and many people within the United States have bought for camping, backpacking, hunting cabins and emergency situations where their water supply might become contaminated.
However, the more research I do into the contamination of our municipal and even our groundwater supply the more I am convinced that we should all be using our Berkeys on a daily basis to protect our health (and with a 6,000 gallon life-span it's even cost effective).
More and more Volatile Organic Compounds are showing up in both Shallow and Deep Wells around areas where Fracking (a process used to release petroleum, natural gas, coal seam gas as well as other substances from the ground) is occurring.
In December 2011 the EPA released its draft report on the water quality complaints in Pavillion, Wyoming. The report was less than comforting stating that "detections of high concentrations of benzenes, xylenes, gasoline range organics, diesel range organics and hydrocarbons in ground water samples from wells near a pit indicate that (frack) pits are a source of shallow ground water contamination" The report went on to say that in deep water wells they also found chemicals used during the fracking process, gasoline, diesel fuel, benzene, tolune, ethylbenzene, xylene and more. The report noted that the deeper of the two monitoring well exhibited higher concentrations and detections of organic chemicals were more numerous, which suggest a "deep source of contamination". "Alternative explanations were carefully considered to explain individual sets of data. However, when considered together with other lines of evidence, the data indicates likely impact to ground water that can be explained by hydraulic fracturing." Of course the companies responsible are rejecting the EPA's findings, but in the end the contamination exists, so if it was caused directly by fracking or by some other phenomenon we have yet to discover, we shouldn't be drinking un-purified water.