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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: Articles, Water 101|

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: Newsroom|

Questionable Levels of Arsenic Found in Some Brands of Bottled Water, Report Finds

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 [...]

April 19th, 2019|Categories: Newsroom|

Review the Big Berkey Water Filter Like a Pro

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 [...]

December 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Leading Causes of Waterborne Illnesses

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 [...]

August 20th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Water 101|

After the Hurricane: Contaminated Flood Water Precautions

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 [...]

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Water 101|

Leptospirosis: Serious Illness Often Spread Through Raw, Contaminated Water

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 [...]

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Water 101|

Wells: Common Contaminants and Maintenance Concerns

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 [...]

August 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Water 101|Tags: |
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