What Does Berkey Address?

Extensive List of What a Berkey Water Filter System Addresses woman holding glass of water

Berkey water filters addresses over 200 contaminants.

Black Berkey® Elements reduce trihalomethanes, inorganic minerals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, VOCs, petroleum products, perfluorinated chemicals, rust, silt, sediment and even radiologicals.  

Berkey removes or reduces contaminants from Arsenic to Zinc. If you've ever wondered, what exactly does a Berkey filter? This is the list for you:

    Lead    arsenic  chromium


Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of arsenic.

Learn more about Arsenic. Find out what it is, what is causes and how to remove it. 



Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.7% of Cadmium and its harmful compounds.


Yes, Black Berkey Filters removes or reduces up to 99.9% and Berkey Shower Filters reduces up to 95% of chlorine.

Learn more about Chlorine. Including the harmful byproducts such as haloacetic acids and trihalomethanes. 

Chromium 6

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.8% of chromium 6.

Learn more about Chromium 6 (aka Hexavalent Chromium). Read more about the dangers of this compound and how it can get in your water. 


Endocrine Disruptors

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of all endocrine disruptors.

Curious about what are Endocrine Disruptors? After you read that you'll know why we recommend using glass water bottles.


Yes, Berkey Fluoride Filters removes or reduces up to 97% of fluoride from tap water. 

Haloacetic Acids

Yes, up to 99.9% of all haloacetic acids (HAA5s) are removed or reduced.

Find out what Haloacetic Acids are, also known as HAA5s.

Heavy Metals

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of all heavy metals.

Including: Aluminum, Antimony, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Cobalt, Chromium, Chromium 6, Copper, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Vanadium, and Zinc


Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of lead.

Lead--What is it? How is it harmful? Why is it in your water? 


No. Because we don't want to remove minerals!

Learn more about why beneficial minerals are left in Berkey water. This excludes zinc (see below).

RELATED: Is Distilled Water Safe to Drink?



Yes, Berkey removes or reduces 99.9% of monochloramine.

Read more about Monochloramine. 


No, Berkey does not remove Nitrates because they are like a mineral. Read more...


Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 95% of nitrites.


Petroleum Products

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of all petroleum products.

Including: Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, and Refined Oil


Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of all PFAS and PFCs.

What does PFAS and PFC stand for?

Pharmaceutical Drug Contaminants

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of all pharmaceuticals from drinking water.

Including: Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Carbamazepine, Ciprofloxacin HCl, Erythromycin USP, Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim, Bisphenol A, Diclofenac Sodium, 4-para-Nonylphenol, 4-tert-Octylphenol, Primidone, Progesterone, Gemfibrozil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, and Triclosan

Radioactive Substances

Yes, Berkey removes or reduces most common radioactive substances, such as radium and uranium.


Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.8% of trihalomethanes.

Discover how trihalomethanes (including: bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform, and dibromochloromethane) are created and why they're in majority of the U.S. water supply.



Yes, Berkey removes or reduces up to 99.9% of zinc. This is the exception to minerals, which are mostly left in. 



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Black Berkey® Elements have been tested by accredited third-party labs that have reported that the elements exceed ANSI/NSF (Std. 53) protocol, and addresses over 200 typical contaminants found in tap water and other freshwater sources