What Does a Berkey Water Filter Remove?

We have received several calls from customers asking exactly what the Berkey Water Filter removes from the water. In addition to providing delicious water wherever we travel, the Berkey also eliminates bacteria, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, viruses, and more.

The Berkey Water Filter removes 99.9% to 99.9999 % of the following contaminants:

  • Viruses
  • Pathogenic Bacteria such as E. Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and more
  • Chlorine
  • Pesticides
  • Sediment
  • Detergents
  • Heavy Metals
  • Pharmaceuticals such as Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Progesterone, and more
  • Petroleum Contaminants such as Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, and more
  • Fluoride (with the use of additional fluoride filters)

This is just a small portion of what the Berkey removes from water; we can’t even pronounce most contaminants on the list! Now, if you are like us, we never even considered what was in our water before we began using a Berkey filter. Unless it smelled or tasted bad, we were fine with the quality. We never considered fluoride as a problem; it’s in toothpaste, right? How bad could it be? (Now we understand why there is a fluoride warning on toothpaste.) The mere fact researchers report the ability to filter these contaminants tells us they could be present in our water to begin with – how scary is that?

Berkey Water Purifier System

In addition to its ability to remove more contaminants than any other water filter, the Berkey Water Filter is gravity fed and doesn’t use any electricity which is great for boondockers. Its portability also allows RVers to use it both at home and on the road with no problem. One of its best features is there is no need to purchase berkey replacement filters every month. 

How long do Berkey Filters Last?

The Black Berkey charcoal filters can filter over 6,000 gallons of water without needing to be replaced. That is almost 10 years of filtering if you drink 2 gallons per day!

If you are considering a water filter for your home or RV, we encourage you to research the Berkey Water System and choose a size that is right for you. They are simply incredible. There is a reason the Red Cross, Unicef, and the Peace Corps uses it to filter water when in disaster relief locations. It can easily transform polluted pond water into clean drinking water. Can your water filter do that? 


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