In this article we’re going to be discussing whether Berkey filters remove arsenic from your water supply.
What is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a chemical element with the symbol ‘As’ and atomic number 33. It is a metalloid – A metalloid is simply a chemical element with both metallic and nonmetallic properties.
Arsenic occurs in many minerals, usually in combination with sulfur and metals. It has various allotropes, but only the grey form is important to industry.
Do Berkley Filters Remove Arsenic?
Yes, Berkey water filters are effective at removing arsenic from water. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that can be found in water sources all over the world. While it is not harmful in small amounts, exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause serious health problems. Berkey filters use a process called adsorption to remove arsenic from water, making it safe to drink.
How Much Arsenic Does My Berkey Filter?
The amount of arsenic that your Berkey filter removes depends on the specific model of filter that you have. Based on test results from independent EPA-accredited labs across the USA, Black Berkey filters are able to remove up to 99.9% of arsenic from water, while the White Berkey filters can remove up to 95% of arsenic.
What Does Berkey Water Filter Remove?
Berkey water filters are designed to remove a wide range of contaminants from water, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, chemicals, and heavy metals. The filters are also effective at reducing bad tastes and odours.
Is Arsenic in Your Drinking Water?
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the environment and can be found in water, air, soil, and rocks. It is also a by-product of certain industrial processes. Although small amounts of arsenic are not harmful, long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause serious health problems, including cancer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a limit of 10 micrograms per liter (µg/L) for arsenic in drinking water. This limit is based on the best available science to protect public health. The EPA requires all public water systems to test for arsenic and to take steps to reduce arsenic levels if they exceed the limit.
If you are concerned about arsenic in your drinking water, you can have your water tested by a certified laboratory. You can also contact your local or state drinking water program for more information about testing and treatment options.
How Does Arsenic Get Into Water?
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the earth’s crust. It can be found in water, air, soil, and rocks. Arsenic can get into water through natural sources, like when it leaches from rocks or when minerals dissolve in water. It can also enter water through human activities, like mining, farming, and manufacturing. Once in water, arsenic can stay there for a long time.
Why do I need to filter for arsenic?
Exposure to arsenic can cause health problems such as skin cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer. It can also cause other health problems such as skin irritation, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Filtering your water for arsenic can help reduce your risk of exposure to this harmful element.
Why not take a look at our range of recommended home water filter systems.