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The following will help you understand the dangers of algal blooms, and the importance of having Black Berkey® Purification Elements to remove or reduce harmful algal toxins from your drinking water. What are algal blooms? Icky, smelly and potentially harmful to your health, algal blooms (or algae blooms) are overgrowths of algae or [...]
The city is upgrading its water treatment infrastructure to help prevent another algal bloom-related cyanotoxin event like the one that forced the city to issue “do not drink” advisories in May and June of 2018. The $75 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021 and includes a state-of-the-art $40 million ozone treatment system. Ingestion of [...]
In our first installment of "Whatever the Weather" Rusty shares his surprise encounter with an F2 tornado. This Is My Story I’ve had two interesting encounters with severe weather. The first was in August 1996 when Mexico’s island of Cozumel was hit by a minor hurricane Dolly and 75 mph sustained [...]
Consumer Reports recently conducted a comprehensive examination of arsenic levels in bottled water. Out of more than 130 bottled water brands that had test results available (self reported or commissioned by the publication), 11 had detectable amounts of arsenic. 6 of those had levels of 3 parts per billion (ppb) or higher. The federal standard is 10 ppb. Even though [...]
Not everything on the Internet is true. In fact, there is quite a bit of misinformation out there. Watch out for these key facts. Top 6 must-know facts when reviewing Berkey® water filters: Black Berkey® Purification Elements are powerful purifiers, they are not filters. Berkey® systems are meant to efficiently process (and hold) lots of water. Black [...]
Beware of claims that gravity filtration elements can remove fluoride without any need for separate fluoride reduction elements i.e. “All-in-One” filter elements. Comparison testing now available.
What are Cryptosporidium and Giardia? Found all over the world, Cryptosporidium parvum (often referred to as simply “Crypto”) and Giardia lamblia (“Giardia”) are common protozoan parasites that are two of the leading causes of waterborne illnesses. What is a protozoa? Protozoa are microscopic, single-celled organisms that are often parasitic, but may also live outside a host. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]
When a hurricane is predicted make landfall, being prepared with an adequate supply of clean drinking water ahead of the storm becomes a priority for most people. When flood waters recede however, the danger is not necessarily over. Residents are faced with a new and daunting challenge - the contaminated water left behind. We’ll examine how the recent hurricanes in [...]
What is Leptospirosis? Globally, Leptospirosis is a widespread, emerging public health problem.1 It is a potentially fatal illness that may occur when people come into contact with harmful germs in their environment.2 The bacteria that cause the disease, Leptospira, may be contracted through direct contact with infected animals or their habitats, along with indirect contact via the ingestion of contaminated food or [...]
How do wells work, and where are they typically located? Found primarily in rural areas, wells tap into underground pockets of water, called aquifers, and pump it into the pipes of your home for drinking, cooking, cleaning and sanitation. Wells are recharged when precipitation and water used for irrigating crops and landscapes seeps into the rock below the surface [...]