I believe getting water that's free from trace irritants, pharmaceuticals and metals are important.
The Berkey system seems to remove the pharmaceuticals and fluoride but keeps the minerals in.  My health hacker buddies love it. I like the idea of keeping fluoride away from my pineal gland.  🙂

After a bunch of research, this is the system I picked up:

– Big Royal Berkey: http://amzn.to/1KgzsBh
– Fluoride/Arsenic Filters: http://amzn.to/1NDASts

– Glass Water Level Spigot: http://amzn.to/1Jcb1kE
– Wire Stand: http://amzn.to/1JccYxu (check diameter before ordering)


Berkey removes chloramines, pharmaceuticals, BPA and much more from your water.

Testing Highlights:
1) Bisphenol-A: Removed to greater than 99.9%. Many customers had the desire to pour their bottled water into their Berkey, and had wondered if the system would remove this endocrine disruptor.

2) Chloramines: Removed to greater than 99.9%. With many water municipalities switching to chloramine disinfection instead of chlorine, there was a growing chorus of existing and potential Berkey customers wanting the answer to this question.

3) Pharmaceuticals: Removed to greater than 99.5%. This has been a hot button also. Many studies and articles have come out over the past five years showing how these pharmaceuticals are being flushed down toilets and are not being removed from our water supply by the local municipal filtration plant. The filters were tested for 17 different types of pharmaceuticals and they were all removed. No additional types of pharmaceuticals were available for testing at this lab, however, the results should be similar to others.

4) Petroleum contaminants: Removed to greater than 99.9%. With the unfortunately too common event of oil spills and petroleum contamination of waterways and water sources, this has been on the mind of customers for some time, especially since the Gulf oil spill.  The black Berkey would protect them from these contaminants.

5) Methylcyclohexane-methane: Removed to greater than 99.9%. This was the contaminant that was involved in the March 2014 West Virginia oil spill.

6) Pesticides: Removed to greater than 99.9%. These had already been tested for before, however, more pesticides were included in this round of testing.

7) Heavy metals: Removed to greater than 99.1%. These had already been tested for before, however, a couple more heavy metals were included in this round of testing.

8) Coliform and e-coli: Removed to greater than 99.9%. These had already been tested for before and shown to be removed to over 99.9999%. This could be considered as confirmation testing.
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