Review by Sharon
We learned a long time ago that drinking water out of the tap is ‘unpredictable’ at best. No matter where you live, the water is likely to have something in it that just shouldn’t be there. This can include anything from pharmaceuticals to fluoride. If you’re still tempting fate by either filling your glass from the tap, or hauling boxloads of plastic jugs home every week, have I got a solution for you… Big Berkey® water filtration systems!
The Big Berkey® is what’s known as a ‘gravity water filter’. This means that you pour tap water into the upper chamber, and as the water is pulled downward it gets filtered into the lower chamber where you can easily operate the spiggot to release the flow of water into your glass. My family has been enjoying our Berkey® for the past few years and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. We opted for the Royal Berkey®, which is the 3.2 gallon model and suits our needs perfectly. The entire stainless steel device sits unobtrusively on our counter next to the sink. We fill it up nightly, and the next day we have pure, fresh water ready to go.
Okay, so you’re probably thinking, “That sounds good, but where’s the proof that it actually works?”. Glad you asked! Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) of Natural News (NaturalNews.com) has done a very thorough evaluation of the Big Berkey® filtration system, testing it along with other notable water filters out there. The lab results showed that Big Berkey® rates #1 in filtering out the bad stuff. Not only that, but if you opt to include the additional PF2 Fluoride Filters that can easily be installed to the floor of the upper chamber it will be even more effective at filtering out some heavy metals and fluoride. This is big news, especially when you consider that even bottled water doesn’t do that. See the Health Ranger’s Water Filter Test
To sum things up, instead of hauling water from the store every week, we fill up a couple of water jugs from the tap and pour them into the top of our Berkey every day. We no longer have to spend money on water because the Berkey has already paid for itself. The filters last for thousands of gallons, so we’ll continue to have clean fresh water for years to come at a big savings! Whether you’ll use your Berkey® daily, or save it for an emergency, you’ll be SO glad that you decided to purchase yours. This one is a no-brainer… for your all-natural beauty and wellness needs!
Here’s what ‘The Berkey Guy’ has to say:
The Royal Berkey is a powerful system that purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.
The Royal Berkey® system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.
Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 3.25 gallons (12.3 liters) and when in use it stands 23” in height with a diameter of 9.5”. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 15.25” in height.
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system will purify up to 4 Gallons (15.1 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 8 Gallons (30.3 liters) per hour*.
*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.
Price of the Royal Berkey: $283
Good size for 2-6 People (there are smaller and larger sizes available at the link below)
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What does Berkey® Remove?
Black Berkey® Elements Remove:
VIRUSES – Removed to >99.999% (Log 5)
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 4):
MS2 Coliphage ; Fr Coliphage.
PATHOGENIC BACTERIA (AND SURROGATES) – Removed to >99.9999%
Exceeds Purification Standard (Log 6): Bacillus atrophaeus (Anthrax surrogate); Raoultella terrigena (Pathogenic Bacteria Surrogate); Salmonella Enterica.
TRIHALOMETHANES – Removed to >99.8%
(Below Lab Detectable Limits):
Bromodichloromethane ; Bromoform ; Chloroform ; Dibromochloromethane.
Removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits: Chloramine; Chloride; Chlorine Residual (Total Residual Chlorine); Free Chlorine
HEAVY METALS (HIGH & LOW pH LEVELS)
Aluminum (>99%); Antimony (>99.9%); Barium (>80%); Beryllium (>99.9%); Bismuth (>99.9%); Cadmium (>99.7%); Cobalt (>95%); Chromium (>99.9%); Chromium 6 (>99.85%); Copper (>99.9%); Iron (>99.9%); Lead (>99.9%); Mercury (>99.9%); Molybdenum (>90%); Nickel (>99.9%); Vanadium (>87.5%); Zinc (>99.9%).
PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS CONTAMINANTS – Removed to >99.9%
Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan.
Pesticides & (Semi) Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Removed to Below Laboratory Detectable Limits
1,2-Dichloro-1,1,2-trifluoroethane (CFC 123a)
Aroclor (1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, 1260)
Dicamba Dichloroacetic Acid
Dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC 12)
Ethylene Dibromide (EDB)
Halo acidic Acids (HAA5)
Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
Trichlorofluoromethane (CFC 11)
and many more*
ALSO REMOVES OR REDUCES:
Arsenic (>99.9%); Escherichia coli (E. Coli) (>99.999%); Fluorene (>99.9%); Manganese (>99.9%); MBAS (>96.67%); Nitrites (>95%); PCB’s (>99.9%); Petroleum Products (Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil- All >99.9%); Selenium (>99.9%); Thallium (>99.5%); Rust; Silt; Sediment; Turbidity; Foul Tastes and Odors.
* For Heavy Metals, Inorganic Minerals, Pesticides, Petroleum, Pharmaceuticals, Semi-VOC’s, THM’s, VOC’s; reduction exceeded lab detection limits.
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