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Q: What is a boil order? A: A boil order is an announcement issued by your local government or water provider declaring public tap water unsafe for consumption. Consumption includes but is not limited to drinking the water, cooking with it, using it to brush teeth, etc.1Q: What should I do during a boil order? A: [...]
What is E.coli? E. coli stands for Escherichia coli, a large and diverse group of bacteria that live in the lower intestines of humans and warm-blooded animals1. Most strains of E.coli are not harmful, and are actually important components of a healthy human gut. Other types of E.coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness. The [...]
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What are radiological water contaminants? Radiological water contaminants are undesirable radioactive substances that have entered a water supply. They are also known as radionuclides. Typical, naturally-occurring radiologicals found in drinking water include, “...isotopes of radium, uranium and radon, among others. Fission products from man-made nuclear reactions are also of concern today, particularly radioactive cesium and iodine.” 1 Naturally-Occurring [...]
GenX is the trade name for a chemical that was introduced in 2010 as a “safer” replacement for a toxic contaminant known as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, commonly called C8). Like its predecessor, GenX enables the production of common household products including non-stick pans, firefighting foam and water-repellent fabrics. Although few health studies are available on GenX, toxicologists say GenX is [...]
From General Manager and resident expert Adam Lock at New Millennium Concepts, Ltd.I’m going to start this off with a surprising fact: D is the current grade given for the water infrastructure in the US. This report is compiled every 4 years by the American Society of Civil Engineers. And you can read more about [...]
"Several beaches at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore were closed Tuesday after a toxic chemical called hexavalent chromium spilled into the Burns Waterway."Chromium VI is a nasty heavy metal known to have many detrimental health effects. Believing that accidents like this one cannot happen to you is the first step towards potential disaster. The Black Berkey® [...]
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"HOUSTON - The safety of drinking water is causing growing concern in Houston's neighborhoods after a series of Channel 2 investigations."Bureaucracy is not going to come up with a solution for clean water anytime soon. Carcinogens such as chromium VI continue to flow through municipal water pipes throughout the country. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements [...]
"Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one Fresno locale showing rates nearly three times higher, blood testing data obtained by Reuters shows."Lead is becoming one of the main drinking water concerns since the crisis in Flint, Michigan. Cities across the United States [...]