Why do the log reduction levels differ for varying Berkey® element tests? Some laboratory results show testing to greater Log reduction (example: 99.9% vs. 99.99999%) than others.

“…The quantitation limit of an individual analytical procedure is the lowest amount of analyte in a sample which can be quantitatively determined with suitable precision and accuracy. The quantitation limit is a parameter of quantitative assays for low levels of compounds in sample matrices, and is used particularly for the determination of impurities and/or degradation products…”  REFERENCE: […]

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Are the Black Berkey® Elements NSF certified?

NSF certifications are not required but rather optional. In our opinion, NSF certifications are limited in their application with respect to our gravity fed filtration elements. NSF Standard 42 (aesthetic effects) and Standard 53 (health effects) would specifically apply to our filtration elements. NSF Standard 42 covers systems “designed to reduce specific aesthetic or non-health-related […]

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Will the Black Berkey® Elements remove kerosene?

Petroleum based products are some of the easiest to remove from water. The Black Berkey® Elements have been tested to reduce the following petroleum contaminants up to 99.9%: Gasoline Diesel Crude Oil Kerosene Mineral Spirits Refine Oil For complete lab results on the Black Berkey® Elements, click here However, please keep in mind that it […]

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Do the Black Berkey® Elements remove lithium?

It is our understanding that Lithium is an alkali metal, found in Group 1 of the Periodic Table. Lithium can be very reactive when exposed to water. Current testing of this potential contaminant has not been conducted, at this time.

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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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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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