Since the filter has pores fine enough to remove viruses, does it get clogged frequently?

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 […]

Read More

How does the filter element in the Berkey® system deal with viruses?

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 […]

Read More

How can I tell if my filters are working correctly?

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 […]

Read More

Can I use the Berkey® system with softened water?

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 […]

Read More

What is the TDS reading of the purified water?

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 […]

Read More