We determine the typical lifespan of the Black Berkey®Purification Elements by their ability to reduce heavy metals. The breakthrough of heavy minerals can occur at about 3,000 gallons. Heavy metals can leach through beyond 3,000 gallons. However, the elements can be used beyond that point because other reductions continue well beyond 3,000 gallons.
The proprietary filter formulation used in Black Berkey® Purification Elements makes up for the incredibly small pore size by utilizing an exponentially greater number of micro pores in each purification element than that found in other filter elements. This is the reason Black Berkey® Purification Elements produce approximately 8 times more water per hour than other elements. While some of […]
The micro fine pores are so small that they prevent micro fine particulate such as bacteria, viruses and even food coloring particulate from passing through the tortuous path that water is able to pass through. These contaminates are trapped in the micro fine pores while the much smaller H2O molecules are not. This method separates […]
Is the MS2 – Fr Coliphage still known to be a good indicator of virus filtration? Do you have tests on any other viruses?
MS2 and Fr Coliphage are two separate viruses with two different removal characteristics. That is why they are used as surrogates for other types of viruses. These viruses were selected, by both the EPA and the Military, because of their small size relative to other virus strains and the difficulty in removing both strains. They […]
Yes, our Black Berkey Purification Elements do remove Chloramine. Please click here to see the attached test results.
No, in order to reduce fluoride in your water, you will still need to use post filters that work in conjunction with the filters in your system. We have two types of post filters: the Berkey PF-2™ Elements which are used in conjunction with the Black Berkey® purification elements, and the Berkey PF-4™ Elements that are […]
Each Black Berkey® Purification Element is designed to purify approximately 3000 gallons of water before needing to be replaced. A set of two elements will last approximately 6000 gallons of water before needing replacement.
The Black Berkey® Purification Elements are powerful enough to remove red food coloring from water. Performing a red food coloring test on your Black Berkey® Purification Elements allows you to ensure that your system is operating properly. GUIDELINES We recommend this test be done upon first use, and then every three to six months to ensure […]
The Black Berkey® purification elements are designed to remove heavy metals, but will not remove mineral salts, which are added by a water softener. The salt used to soften water will not be extracted by the Black Berkey® element. You can use one of our purification systems on a regular basis by bypassing your water softener to […]
A TDS meter does not register much of a change between the pre-filtered water and the post-filtered water. This is normal, and the answer has to do with what a TDS meter actually measures. According to tdsmeter.com, “Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are the total amount of mobile charged ions, including minerals, salts or metals dissolved […]