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Unsafe Levels of PFASs In Drinking Water Pose Health Risks, Study Says

Higher-than-recommended concentrations of industrial chemicals known as PFASs have been found in American drinking water, according to a 2016 study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been linked to cancer, obesity, hormone suppression and high cholesterol. The highest levels of PFASs were found near industrial sites, military bases and wastewater treatment plants. The [...]

January 30th, 2020|Categories: Water Alerts|

Quakes Rock Puerto Rico for Second Day in a Row

Early-Morning Earthquake Awakens Residents A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Puerto Rico at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday, damaging buildings and causing a widespread power blackout. The earthquake was centered in the southwest part of the island, about 8 miles from Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second largest city. The quake was followed by a 6.0-magnitude aftershock about three hours later, along with a [...]

January 7th, 2020|Categories: Water Alerts|

Understanding the Tropical Cyclone Cone of Uncertainty

Make sure you understand what the "cone of uncertainty" can—and can't—tell you about tropical weather threats. Image: NWS National Hurricane Center What Is the Cone of Uncertainty? The cone of uncertainty is a graphic depicting the path that a tropical cyclone (such as a tropical storm or hurricane) is forecast [...]

September 17th, 2019|Categories: Education|

Fluoride: It’s In The News Again

Study Raises Questions About Fluoridation A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that higher levels of fluoride exposure during pregnancy were associated with lower levels of IQ in some children. While more research is needed on the topic, the study did note that “these findings indicate the possible need to reduce fluoride intake during pregnancy.” Know [...]

August 29th, 2019|Categories: Water Alerts|

NOAA Now Predicting Above-Normal Hurricane Season

The end of this year's El Nino could set the stage for an increased hurricane threat in the Atlantic Ocean. After a relatively quiet start to the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA has announced that the end of El Nino has helped increase the chances of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 45%. This is [...]

August 9th, 2019|Categories: Water Alerts|

What is the difference between a tropical depression, a tropical storm, and a hurricane?

Every year people are caught off-guard and unprepared during hurricane season. Know your weather terminology, and take steps to prepare today. Avoid storm-panicked crowds at the grocery store, gridlocked evacuation routes, and last-minute preparation by being informed. Knowing even basic weather terminology will help you know how to respond to weather activity [...]

July 11th, 2019|Categories: Education|

Algal Blooms: Overgrowths of algae or cyanobacteria in water

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 [...]

June 18th, 2019|Categories: Education|

Salem, Oregon Spending $75 Million to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic Algal Blooms

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 [...]

May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Water Alerts|
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