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What Does the Berkey® Remove?

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The heart of Berkey® water Filtration systems is Black Berkey® Filtration Element (sold in pairs of two), which remove a range of contaminants from drinking water. See the list below, or download the lab testing here.

BLACK BERKEY® ELEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Specially formulated to address 200+ typical contaminants found in tap water and other freshwater sources. Our unique Black Berkey® Elements are made from a proprietary blend of media, and are backed by independent third-party testing. The gold standard in gravity-fed water filtration, authentic Black Berkey® Elements are capable of greater contaminant reduction and a longer lifespan than virtually any of the other filter elements on the market.

The Black Berkey® Element formulation has been tested by State and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53.

Black Berkey® Elements have been tested and confirmed to mechanically extract WATERBORNE PATHOGENS, plus remove or greatly reduce the contaminants listed below:

TRIHALOMETHANES
Removed to
Below Lab Detectable Limits: Bromodichloromethane ; Bromoform ; Chloroform ; Dibromochloromethane.

INORGANIC MINERALS
Removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits:
Chloramine; Chloride;  Chlorine Residual (Total Residual Chlorine); Free Chlorine

HEAVY METALS (HIGH & LOW pH LEVELS)
Aluminum; Antimony; Barium; Beryllium; Bismuth; Cadmium; Cobalt; Chromium; Chromium 6; Copper; Iron; Lead; Mercury; Molybdenum; Nickel; Vanadium; Zinc.

PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS CONTAMINANTS
Removed to Below Lab Detectable Limits:
Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan.

ALSO REMOVES OR REDUCES:

Arsenic; Fluorene; Manganese; MBAS; PCB’s; Petroleum Products (Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil); Selenium; Thallium; Rust; Silt; Sediment; Turbidity; Foul Tastes and Odors.

Pesticides & (Semi) Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Removed to Below Laboratory Detectable Limits

• 1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane (TCA) • 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane • 1,1,2-Trichlorotrifluoroethane • 1,1-Dichloroethane (1,1-DCA) • 1,1-Dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE) • 1,1-Dichloropropene • 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene • 1,2,3-Trichloropropane • 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene • 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene • 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) • 1,2-Dibromoethane • 1,2-Dichloro-1,1,2-trifluoroethane (CFC 123a) • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene-d4 • 1,2-Dichloroethane • 1,2-Dichloropropane • 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene • 1,3-Dichlorobenzene • 1,3-Dichloropropene • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene • 2,2-Dichloropropane • 2,4,5-T • 2,4,5-TP (Silvex) • 2,4-D • 2,4-DB • 2-Butanone (MEK) • 2-Chlorotoluene • 2-Hexanone • 2-Methyl-2-propanol • 3,5-Dichlorobenzoic Acid • 3-Hydroxycarbofuran • 4-Bromofluorobenzene • 4-Chlorotoluene • 4-Isopropyltoluene • 4-Methyl-2-pentanone • 4-Nitrophenol4,4′-DDD4,4′-DDE • 4,4″-DDT • 5-Hydroxydicamba • Acetone • Acenaphthylene • Acifluorfen • Alachlor • Aldicarb • Aldicarb Sulfone • Aldicarb Sulfoxide • Aldrin • alpha-Chlorodane • Ametryn • Anthracene • Aroclor (1016, 1221, 1232, 1242, 1248, 1254, 1260) • Atraton • Atrazine • Baygon • Bentazon • Benzene • Bromacil • Bromoacetic Acid • Bromobenzene • Bromochloromethane • Bromodichloromethane • Bromomethane • Bromoform • Butachlor • Butylate • Butylbenzylphthalate • Carbaryl • Carbofuran • Carbon Tetrachloride • Carboxin • Chloramben • Chlordane • Chloroacetic Acid • Chlorobenzene • Chlorobenzilate • Chloroethane • Chloroform • Chloromethane • Chlorpropham • Chlorprophane • cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene • cis-1,3-Dichloropropene • cis-Nonachlor • Cycloate • Dacthal Acid • Dalapon • Diazinona • Dibromoacetic Acid • Dibromochloropropane (DBCP) • Dibromomethane • Dicamba • Dichloroacetic Acid • Dichlorodifluoromethane (CFC 12) • Dichloromethane • Dichlorvos • Diclorprop • DieldrinDiethylphthalate • Dinoseb • Diphenamid • Disulfoton • Disulfoton Sulfone • Disulfoton Sulfoxidea • Endrin • EPTC • Ethoprop • Ethylbenzene • Ethylene Dibromide (EDB) • Fenamiphos • Fenarimol • Fluorobenzene • Fluridone • gamma-Chlorodane • Glyphosate • Halo acidic Acids (HAA5) • Heptachlor • Heptachlor Epoxide • Hexachlorobenzene • Hexachlorobutadiene (CCC) • Hexachlorocyclopentadiene • HexazinoneIsophorone • Isopropylbenzene (Cumene) • Lindane (Gamma-BHC) • Merphos • Methiocarb • Methomyl • Methoxychlor • Methylcyclohexane-methane • Methyl Paraoxon • Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) • Metolachlor • Metribuzin • Mevinphos • MGK 264 • Molinate • Monochlorobenzene • m-Xylenes • Naphthalene • Napropamide • n-Butylbenzene • Norflurazon • n-Propylbenzene • Oxamyl • o-Xylene • Pebulate • Pentachlorophenol • Picloram • Prometon • Prometryn • Pronamidea • Propazine • p-Xylenes • sec-Butylbenzene • Simazine • Simetryn • Stirofos • Styrene • Tebuthiuron • Terbacil • Terbufos • Terbutryn • tert-Butylbenzene • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) • Tetrahydrofuran (THF) • Thiobencarb • Toluene • Toxaphene • trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene • trans-1,3-Dichloropropene • trans-Nonachlor • Triademefon • Tribromoacetic Acid • Trichloroacetic Acid • Trichloroethene (TCE) • Trichloroethylene • Trichlorofluoromethane (CFC 11) • Tricyclazole • Trifuralin • Vernolate • Vinyl Chloride • and many more*