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E. coli scare prompts bottled water recall

Pa. bottling company recalls bottled water due to possible E. coli contamination

Authorities say water bottled by a Pennsylvania bottling company may be contaminated with E. coli.

The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health issued the warning, saying spring water bottled by Niagara between June 10 and June 18 at its facilities in Hamburg, Berks County or Upper Macungie, Lehigh County should not be consumed.

According to the state authorities, Niagara purchased spring water from Far Away Springs-Auburn in Schuylkill County, and multiple water quality sample results from Far Away Springs taken during routine testing have indicated the presence of E. coli in the water.

Niagra issued a statement on their website, saying:

"Out of an abundance of caution and in the interests of maintaining the highest possible standards for product quality, Niagara is issuing a voluntary recall for all spring water products produced from its Pennsylvania manufacturing facilities during the June 10th - June 18th time frame.

Niagara was notified that the source was potentially compromised. There have been no reports of any illness or injury related to the above mentioned products to date and finished product testing detected no contaminants or issues of any kind. This voluntary withdrawal is being implemented in cooperation with State and Federal Agencies."

The products were sold under the following brand names:

Acadia (Giant)
Big Y
Best Yet
Nature's Place
Morning Fresh
Western Beef Blue

For more information, contact Niagara at 877-487-7873, or visit:



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A Water Dilemma in Michigan: Cloudy or Costly?


What’s at the Bottom of Your Water Supply May Not Stay There

Turbidity Stirs Up Unwanted Particles

Lack of clarity in your drinking water is a sign of trouble. Turbidity follows the “animal, vegetable, mineral” concept. Bottom-feeder goodies, algae, and silt just need water movement to rise into, and flow from a water supply into the filtration system (e.g. watershed, well). Effects from turbidity include increased water temperature, lower concentrations of dissolved oxygen (both also bad for fish), and a real pain in the neck for drinking water utilities to treat water for consumption.

The Environmental Protection Agency sets the standard for the amount of turbidity allowed in drinking water. Turbidity is measured in nephelolometric turbidity units (NTU) which indicates the amount of light passing through water. An average of daily water samples for a month must yield a sample size of 0.3 NTUs over a period of any one month. 

Your first line of defense against cloudy water is activated carbon filtration. Our division, American Carbon Block, uses activated, coconut-based carbon. It is ecologically greener than coal-based carbon. Our success at Paragon Water Systems is that we take full advantage of the concept of microporosity, as it suits itself well to organic chemical adsorption.

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Fluoride's Rising Battle

Adding Fluoride -- Dividing Communities

Communities, big and small, have jumped into the fray. Fluoride (F-) is one of the few chemicals added to our drinking water, but its presence stirs debate on the social, economic, and political fronts.

Here are just two viewpoints swirling around the drain:
  • Fluoride is a neurotoxin that lowers a child's IQ and weakens the immune system
  • Fluoride protects against tooth decay and saves money on dental care for children and adults

Google News Advanced Search (May 10-May 20, 2014)
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), two-thirds of community water systems add fluoride to tap water. The District of Columbia's tap water is 100 percent fluoridated; Hawaii's tap water is less than 11 percent fluoridated.

The graphic above reflects the status in 2006. How this has changed in the last eight years and how it may change in the next two years may show where we are going as a nation.

Many say the key to fluoridation is balance. Fluoride added at 1 part per million (ppm) dilution is the usual concentration used. But, in a study conducted by the University of Nebraska in 2008, 4 ppm can cause discoloration of teeth and other health concerns. Your natural water supply may also contain more-than-acceptable levels. In addition, some foods and beverages naturally contain fluoride (e.g. tea, juices, wine, etc.).

If you are looking for ways to minimize the problem, these are two solutions that will not work:
  • Water filters in point of use (POU) containers and tap attachments
  • Boiling/freezing water (does not evaporate/eliminate fluoride)
The main questions for water filtration experts from their customers:
  1. If fluoride is added to my tap water and they don't want it, can I filter it out? You cannot eliminate, but you can reduce, fluoride concentrations. 
  2. Is inorganic fluoride less dangerous than organic fluoride? Probably.
Reverse Osmosis (R/O) Is the Key 

Beside the obvious (not adding fluoride in the first place), R/O systems are the most effective way to
filter and reduce fluoride. Semi-permeable membranes prevent fluoride ions from continuing through the water stream. Ionization is another possibility to lower concentrations.

Paragon Water Systems can build an R/O system that reduces contaminants (including fluoride) in your point of entry (POE).

Contact us today for more information about reducing fluoride and other chemicals in the water supply!

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