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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 [...]

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Fluoride and Water Filters: Understanding effective reduction

What is fluoride? Fluorine (9F) is the 13th most abundant element in the earth's crust. Proposed as an element in 1810, fluorine exists as a highly toxic gas in its standard state, and is extremely reactive. It is not found in the atmosphere, as it reacts easily to water vapor. Instead, it is most significantly found [...]

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New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. unwavering commitment

New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. is the manufacturer of the Berkey® line of gravity-fed water filtration and purification products.Berkey® systems are freestanding water purifiers that sit on a countertop or stand. Simply pour water from virtually any source into the top chamber of the system, and dispense purified water easily from the lower chamber through a [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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An Overview of Reverse Osmosis and Distillation Systems

What is Reverse Osmosis?Reverse Osmosis is a water purification process that uses pressure to force water through a semipermeable membrane. It is commonly used during the production of bottled fresh water and the desalination of salt water.Reverse Osmosis is also a common step in many household water purification systems. Such systems typically include:A sediment filterAn [...]

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Radium contamination in water most widespread in Texas

CBSNews-- More than half of Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed to radium in their drinking water. That could increase the risk of cancer. Read the full article here. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements have been [...]

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‘Raw water’ is the latest pseudo-scientific craze that could make you sick.

High-profile Bay Area denizens are skipping tap water in favor of drinking unfiltered, untreated, and expensive “raw” water that comes straight out of the ground, Nellie Bowles reports for The New York Times. Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes. But the reality for any inadequately treated water from [...]

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Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

LANSING, Mich. — While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products.Read full articleOur Black Berkey® Purification elements have been extreme tested for removal of PFC's in [...]

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