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Berkey Water Filters: Your Defense Against Cryptosporidium

by Saxon Funk June 22, 2023 3 min read

The Berkey Water Filter, equipped with Black Berkey elements, has been scientifically validated to remove Cryptosporidium, a harmful waterborne pathogen, with a success rate of over 99.9999%. But can the same be said for common household filters like Brita? Unfortunately, these popular market alternatives lack the capability to filter out Cryptosporidium.

New Tool For Detecting Cryptosporidium

Cryptosporidium removed by Berkey Water Filters

In recent developments, a groundbreaking tool for immediate detection of Cryptosporidium in drinking water has been designed by scientists. A research team at the University of British Columbia has turned science fiction into reality by developing a portable, real-time biosensor that identifies biological pollutants. This cost-effective, innovative technology provides a unique method for precise detection of Cryptosporidium in water samples.

Cryptosporidium, a pathogen found in drinking water globally, can lead to gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses. Consuming water contaminated with this intestinal parasite can result in diarrhea and, in severe cases, can be fatal.

Berkey Water Filters are your solution to Cryptosporidium

The Berkey Water Filter's effectiveness in eliminating Cryptosporidium is unquestionable. The Black Berkey elements, when observed under a microscope, are confirmed to remove Cryptosporidium and other bacteria at rates exceeding 99.9999%. Traditionally, detecting this waterborne parasite is a laborious process conducted in a lab, with results often being unreliable.

Current methods for Cryptosporidium identification involve filtering large volumes of water, isolating the organisms, labeling them with a fluorescent tag, and then trying to identify the pathogen under a microscope," says George Luka, a Ph.D. student at UBC Okanagan's School of Engineering and the study's lead author. "This method is significantly slow, expensive, and doesn't always yield consistent results."

Luka asserts the urgent need for a faster, more flexible detection tool that can identify these contaminants in real-time, safeguarding consumers from this widespread and potentially harmful water pollutant. Using a specially designed and calibrated biosensor, Luka and his team aimed to address this issue. They tested water samples with different Cryptosporidium concentrations to evaluate the biosensor's effectiveness in detecting the pathogen in water.

"The biosensor performed remarkably well, quickly measuring Cryptosporidium contamination without the need for complex preparation procedures or highly-trained technicians," Luka explains. "This potent solution can be easily incorporated into affordable, portable devices for real-time drinking water testing, anywhere in the world."

Cryptosporidium is a common occurrence in water. Each year in the U.S., nearly 750,000 people suffer from Cryptosporidium-related diarrhea, accompanied by other symptoms such as stomach cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever, headaches, and loss of appetite. These symptoms can last for days or even weeks.

Equip yourself with a Superior Method of Removal 

So, how can Cryptosporidium be removed from drinking water? The introduction of a futuristic device capable of real-time detection of this common water pollutant will significantly aid in preventing gastrointestinal diseases caused by contaminated water consumption. However, having a countertop water filter like the Berkey, which can effectively remove Cryptosporidium and other harmful pathogens, elevates the safety of drinking water. This ensures all potential pathogens are removed from your water before consumption, especially when traveling to areas where water quality and sanitation standards may be lacking. The ability to detect water contaminants is beneficial, but having a method to detect and remove them is superior.

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Where can you purchase a Berkey Water Filter? 

Wild Oak Trail is an Authorized Dealer for Berkey Water Filters. Be sure to purchase from a trusted source! Call us at 1-844-945-3625, chat in or email us at customersupport@wildoaktrail.com, or simply purchase on our site! 

Saxon Funk
Saxon Funk

Saxon Funk, co-founder and driving force behind Wild Oak Trail, embodies the spirit of self-sufficiency and preparedness. Launching the venture over six years ago with his wife, Hailey, Saxon has steeped himself in mastering solar generators, heating solutions, food storage, and off-grid living essentials, becoming a veritable guru in the field. His expertise is more than theoretical; it's practical, as evidenced by his own home, equipped with the very products Wild Oak Trail proudly offers. Saxon's passion extends beyond commerce; he thrives on the assurance of providing for his family in any circumstance, fervently believing in empowering others to do the same through the quality resources and knowledge he shares through his business.

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