Healthy living has become part of all of our lives. We strive to watch what we eat, drink less, quit smoking, and make a point of exercising daily. These changes are all significant, but they may all be irrelevant if we can’t ensure that our drinking water is of the highest quality and free of unwanted elements.
The Berkey Water System has been providing clean, purified drinking water to people across the globe for decades at the lowest cost. Even people who live in outreaching rural areas with no electricity or plumbing can still purify their water. Black Berkeys are the filtration elements that the system uses to ensure all this.
The basics of water
While 71% of the world is covered in water, our bodies are also composed of it at a rate of 70%. Water is even more essential to our survival than food. Since we need it for other uses as well it is one of the most precious elements provided to us by nature.
Waterborne diseases have unfortunately been a reality in many countries that haven’t developed their sanitation yet and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics of 2014, 842,000 deaths are recorded annually from these.
Safe and clean drinking water is also something that people in countries with reliable sanitation also worry about. The reason for this is that our water is now highly contaminated with chemical particles, algae, bacteria, parasites, hormones and heavy metals.
The oldest method for purifying water is to boil it for at least 10 minutes at a rapid boil. This effectively kills any micro-organisms in it. Sediment can be removed by passing through a fine cloth, but not always very effective.
Permanent water chlorination was implemented around the late1860s. The reason for this was that it proved effective in disinfecting the water supply in London during the cholera outbreak in 1854.
Chlorination and flocculation is used by national authorities to ensure that the water that reaches our homes has had unwanted particles and compounds removed, both organic and inorganic. This method is harmful to germs, but unfortunately, also to humans. Chlorine is one of the chemicals that most of us desire to remove from our drinking water, together with all the others that it picks up as it comes from its source into our homes, which chlorine can’t remove.
Once the water enters your home there is a way to ensure that your family can drink it safely with not only the germs removed. It will remove the chlorine and all the other elements that have entered it and that chlorine cannot remove. That system is the Berkey Water Filtration System and its Black Berkey Filtration Elements.
The Black Berkey can remove the following dangerous compounds from your drinking water at a rate of higher than 99%:
- Petroleum contaminants
- Heavy Metals
- Coliform and e-Coli
Fluoride in drinking water
Fluoride is naturally found in groundwater, our water tends to have high concentrations because it is added to toothpaste and used in industries. It is beneficial to our dental health in small doses.
Fluoridation was added to the drinking water in some areas to ensure that communities benefit from its properties. High levels of it are unfortunately not good for us and can be toxic in children.
The combination of a Black Berkey Filter with a PE-2 filter in a Berkey Water System can effectively remove fluoride from water.
Black Berkey – how it effectively purifies any water
Black Berkey elements are formulated with more than half a dozen different media types. These are constructed into a fine matrix with millions of micro-pores that are so tiny, that not even pathogenic bacteria can pass through them.
The formulation of the media both absorbs and adsorbs contaminates, therefore removing them from the water. Mineral molecules also known as heavy metals ions are extracted through an ion exchange process by electronically bonding them to the media.
The whole system works without electricity or water pressure and is reliant on gravity to slowly filter the water molecules through the elements. The water molecules stay in contact with the media long enough to ensure the extraction of all unwanted elements from the water.
In the end, the water that comes out of the spigot of the Berkey Water System is purified, great tasting and odor free. All the minerals found in water that are essential to our well-being are still left in our glass, but every harmful compound has been effectively removed.