Not everything on the Internet is true. In fact, there is quite a bit of misinformation out there. Watch out for these key facts.
Black Berkey® Purification Elements are powerful purifiers.
Be wary of any information or reviews that compare purification level performance to filtration level performance. There is a huge difference between purification and filtration, and the reasons a customer might choose one or the other are significant, even extreme. The truth is that you simply can’t compare the performance of a powerful Big Berkey® water purification system to a basic $40 pitcher filter found at any local discount store.
While most people call Berkey® systems “filters”, this actually depends on the type of element you choose. Berkey® systems equipped with Black Berkey® Purification Elements remove up to 99.999% of viruses and 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria, while also removing or dramatically reducing protozoa, trihalomethanes, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, VOCs, petroleum products, perfluorinated chemicals, rust, silt, sediment and even radiologicals. Black Berkey® Purification Elements are purifiers— capable of treating raw, questionable sources during emergencies or extreme off-grid scenarios— yet also enjoyed every day.
Berkey® systems are meant to efficiently process (and hold) lots of water.
Common water pitcher filters can hold about a gallon of water at most. Contrast that with Berkey® systems, which are designed to supply ample water for daily uses- cooking, cleaning, food prep- and also off-grid scenarios and emergencies. Systems range from the 1.5-gallon Travel Berkey® system to the 6-gallon Crown Berkey™ system, which can easily serve 6-12 people. The lightweight, 1 quart Go Berkey® Kit is designed for camping, school, travel, and other on-the-go use cases.
Black Berkey® Purification Elements have a long lifespan—up to 6,000 gallons per pair.
Whereas basic pitcher systems can only filter— not purify—around 40-50 gallons before needing expensive filter replacement, each pair of Black Berkey® Purification Elements can easily purify up to 6,000 gallons of water before needing replacement.
Berkey® customers are an amazing product testimonial—they do their research.
Berkey® customers are proof-oriented individuals who do their research in order to have clean, nourishing water for everyday use, while also being truly prepared for emergencies. They ignore flashy ad hype, and instead examine test results. They also regularly test their preps, because they understand that an emergency is the worst time to find out that you are unprepared.
NMCL conducts exhaustive, independent testing customers routinely review.
New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. (NMCL) subjects Berkey® systems to rigorous, third-party independent testing free from influence by anyone— including us. We publish those test results on our website for all to see. There’s no smoke-and-mirrors here.
To be clear, New Millennium Concepts Ltd. deliberately chose not to pursue NSF certifications for several reasons. First, and foremost, this particular testing is quite limited with respect to the Black Berkey® Purification Elements. Additionally, our independent testing demonstrates that our systems exceed NSF Standard 42 (aesthetic effects) and Standard 53 (health effects). And Berkey® customers want to examine the details of such tests personally.
Berkey® systems are relied on by people facing the harshest of conditions every day.
Berkey® systems equipped with Black Berkey® Purification Elements are convenient and cost-effective for everyday use. However, they are also relied on daily basis by people facing the harshest of conditions: families recovering from natural disasters, missionary organizations working in unforgiving parts of the world, relief agencies battling the elements, and even families taking control of their tap water.
Berkey® customers rely on their systems do what they say they can do each and every day, and those customers come back time and time again. It is for them that we strive to be the leader in gravity-fed water purification.