Dioxane (also known as 1,4-dioxane, diethylene ether, and diethylene dioxide) is a chemical used as a solvent in industrial products such as paint and pesticides. It can also be found as a trace contaminant in consumer products such as shampoos, detergents and cosmetics. Drinking water can become contaminated by dioxane via manufacturing plant discharges or […]
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the following are listed as sources not recommended for drinking water: Radiators, hot water boilers (home heating systems) Water from the toilet bowl or flush tank Waterbeds Swimming pools and spas Chemicals and contaminants commonly found in swimming pools include the following: pH increaser, pH decreaser, alkalinity […]
Algae blooms are composed of floating colonies of cyanobacteria. While New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. has not conducted specific testing for cyanobacteria, our expectation is that the reduction of cyanobacteria should occur because: Cyanobacterial cells range in size from 0.5 micrometers to 40 micrometers. A “micron” is an abbreviated term for “micrometer”, or a millionth of […]
While New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. has not conducted specific testing for sulfuric acid, our expectation is that reduction of sulfuric acid should occur for the following reasons: Sulfur reduction is typically best achieved using anion exchange resins. Black Berkey® Purification Elements use ion exchange for the reduction of copper, iron, sulfur and other heavy metals. […]
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria within the genus Leptospira. It is a widespread disease that can be contracted via direct contact with infected animal urine, or by ingesting water or food infected with the bacteria. Most cases result in symptoms similar to influenza, but some extreme cases can be fatal. The Black Berkey® Purification […]
Plastic Fibers, also known as Microplastics, are small plastic pieces that can enter and contaminate drinking water. Scientists are studying the exact pathways that allow microplastics to enter into the drinking water supply. An extensive investigation on microplastics in water found that these analyses caught particles of more than 2.5 microns in size,” 2.5 microns […]
Yes, silver is used as an antimicrobial to self-sterilize the Black Berkey® elements. Testing was conducted both internally and by Analytical Services, Inc. to insure that the silver used does not leach into the purified water. “All controls samples, including stock samples, analytical positive and negative controls, and the negative control collected prior to seeding […]
GenX is the trade name for a chemical that was introduced in 2010 as a “safer” replacement for a toxic contaminant known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, commonly called C8). Like its predecessor, GenX enables the production of common household products including non-stick pans, firefighting foam and water-repellent fabrics. Although few health studies are available on […]
Yes, the base of Black Berkey Purification Element is BPA free.
Phthalate esters are not used in the manufacture of the Berkey Light® system chambers. Additionally, the Black Berkey® purification element reduces certain phthalates, including Butylbenzylphthalate and Diethylphthalate. Read the test results for the Black Berkey® Purification Elements. Find the Berkey Light® system here.