The Berkey ceramic water filters are designed for use in all systems except for the Go Berkey.
The Sterasyl grade ceramic is designed to remove suspended solids and pathogenic bacteria (>99.99%).
The filter elements are produced using the latest ceramic techniques to provide a hollow porous ceramic, which is fired at a temperature in excess of 1,000º C.
They are designed to operate with water flow going from the outside to the inside of the element.
The ceramic shell exhibits a strictly controlled pore structure, so as to provide efficient sub-micron filtration, a proven defense against hard-shelled parasites such as Cryptosporidium as well as pathogenic bacteria.
The ceramic also removes other less harmful, but equally unpleasant particulate debris such as rust and dirt.
Composition of the Sterasyl ceramic contains pure silver. This silver is a material designed to significantly inhibit bacteriological mitosis or grow through.
The result is that bacterial growth is inhibited from occurring within the Sterasyl™ ceramic element (which is possible with the other ceramic filter elements).
This silver content insures that filtered water contains levels well below those required by international standards. Because of the silver, Sterasyl filter elements do not require sterilization after cleaning.
The Sterasyl Berkey ceramic water filters, when used in in-line housings, is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) as meeting their Standard No 42 for materials.
What Do The Berkey Ceramic Water Filters Do?
Remove Pathogenic Bacteria:
Cholera, Typhoid, Salmonella, Serratia, E.Coli, Fecal Coliform > 99.99% removal.
Remove Cysts (>99.999%):
Cryptosporidium Parvum and Giardia Lamblia – 100% removal (based on tests by Arizona State University).
Reduce Organic Chemicals:
Pesticides, herbicides, organic solvents, SOCs, VOCs, trihalomethanes.
Reduce Chlorine > 90%
Reduce Turbidity, Sediment and Particulate:
@ 0.9 micron > 99.99%
@ 0.5 – 0.8 micron > 99.9%
@ 0.2 – 0.3 micron > 98%
(based on tests by Spectrum Laboratories, Minneapolis, MN).
Maximum working pressure: 125 psi
Maximum working temperature: 100º F
Minimum working temperature: 40º F
Super Sterasyl™ ceramic filters are manufactured to the following international standards and have been tested and approved by the following independent bodies or agencies:
ISO-9000: 2000, Hyder Labs – UK, Spectrum Labs – UK, WRc – Mednenham UK, Clare Microbiology – UK, Loughborough University – UK, University of Arizona – USA, Thresh, Beale, and Suckling – UK, and WRc Gwent – UK.
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