What Does a Berkey Water Filter Eliminate Anyway?

A Berkey water filter is one of the most powerful purification systems in the world. So much so that the Red Cross and missionaries have taken then all across the globe. When people are searching for something better than a generic filter from the local store, they ask me what Berkey actually eliminates from the water.

That is the whole point of a filter, isn’t is? It’s supposed to get rid of the bad in the water supply so that families can enjoy pure, clean water without all the junk. Yes, even tap water still has junk plus other toxins such as chlorine and fluoride.

The Berkey water filter purification elements use a process called micro-porous filtration. They are self-sterilizing and re-cleanable and the pores are so small that these toxins can’t pass through them. The black Berkey filters were tested to remove 100% of pathogens.

People want to know exactly what they remove. I was told that it didn’t matter how scientific or technical the words are. They are doing their research and want to know all of the details. In fact, they also want the numbers. How much of something is being filtered out? I say good for them!

A Berkey water filter eliminates Pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites including E. coli. Trihalomethanes including Bromoform and Chloroform. It filters radiologicals such as Radon 222. Inorganic minerals are wiped out. Volatile organic compounds are removed such as chlorine, Atrazine, Benzene, Ethylene Dibromide (EDB), o-Xylene, m-Xylene and p-Xylene.

Heavy metals are reduced up to 95% such as Mercury , Aluminum, Cadmium, Chromium and Copper. It also removes Nitrates, Nitrites, Rust, Silt and Sediment.

Those are the difficult terms. Here it is, spelled out in layman’s terms. They remove or reduce pathogenic cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, nitrates, nitrites, heavy metals, foul tastes and odors, yet they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.

There you have it! Although this isn’t the complete list of items that a berkey water filter eliminates, it’s the bulk of the list. I feel comfortable knowing that my family isn’t putting all of those harmful things into their bodies. Instead, we are drinking clean water and loving every minute of it.