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The TSP Marketplace => The Berkey Guy - Berkey Light Water Filters => Topic started by: shambo on January 19, 2014, 10:44:40 AM

Title: Heavymetals
Post by: shambo on January 19, 2014, 10:44:40 AM
I was talking to my friends about their New homestead.  They have property smack dab in the middle of a  old mining town and their sight is actually on the old smelter.  Its in the Co rockies. They said there was active mining at around fifty years ago.  .  They have a stream on their property and has fish in it, so its not poisoned but has heavy metal in it.  What can you recommend for water filtration?
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: theberkeyguy on January 22, 2014, 05:48:39 PM
I was talking to my friends about their New homestead.  They have property smack dab in the middle of a  old mining town and their sight is actually on the old smelter.  Its in the Co rockies. They said there was active mining at around fifty years ago.  .  They have a stream on their property and has fish in it, so its not poisoned but has heavy metal in it.  What can you recommend for water filtration?

Heavy metals are difficult to remove from the water, but having said that, I would still have a Berkey System on hand for use with another source of water. 

theberkeyguy
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: SnoHam13 on February 17, 2014, 07:42:28 AM
Heavy metals are difficult to remove from the water, but having said that, I would still have a Berkey System on hand for use with another source of water. 

theberkeyguy

 would this be the same issue for iron
oldest son lives up on the iron range in Mn. and the water is loaded with iron
the well test safe for bacteria and is working fine
also the locals deal with what is called septic cysts and was wondering if is a water issue
at this point they are drinking bottled water
but if SHTF that wont last long
one thought is catching rain water and filtering with a berkey
what are your thoughts

SnoHam13
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: theberkeyguy on February 19, 2014, 01:06:25 PM
Yes, it  removes Iron sediment but not what is water soluble.

theberkeyguy
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: 16onRockandRoll on July 16, 2014, 11:54:07 AM
What about uranium contamination?
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: theberkeyguy on August 05, 2014, 12:33:12 PM
From the testing done at this time, I do not see any claims on its removal.

I expect new testing in 2015, which hopefully will have that contaminant.

theberkeyguy
Title: Re: Heavymetals
Post by: endurance on August 05, 2014, 04:38:24 PM
From an environmental remediation perspective, the best way to remove heavy metals is to lime the water first.  Generally the heavy metals are held in suspension because of the acidity of the water.  If you add lime the metals come out of suspension and can be readily removed.

That said, I don't have a clue how you'd apply this to drinking water rather than just large scale remediation.  I know the Climax mine near Leadville uses a liming process to clean up their tailings effluent to meet EPA regulations.