Why is my PH level higher after using the Black Berkey® Elements?

When water is filtered through our system, the Black Berkey® Elements increase the PH level of the water. This is healthful because waterborne pathogens thrive in acidic environments and have difficulty surviving in alkaline environments. An environment with more alkalinity does have a higher PH level. The PH level will depend on various factors including […]

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I am in an area that is contaminated with too many waterborne pathogens. Even with filtration, I don’t feel safe drinking the water. What can I do to disinfect the water before filtering it?

The Berkey water systems can efficiently filter raw untreated pond, lake and river water. However, always use the cleanest and clearest water possible. As an additional precaution, if using a source of water that you believe might contain extreme waterborne pathogen contamination, it is recommended by the CDC, EPA and other organizations that approximately sixteen […]

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What happens if I use my Black Berkey® Elements after 3,000 gallons?

We determine the typical lifespan of the Black Berkey® 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.

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