The rumor is Cuenca's water system is polluted with added fluoride. We don't think so.
UPDATE AUGUST 2015 - the Cuenca drinking water is not polluted with added artificial fluoride; we discovered that after doing extensive research, Cuenca water only has miniscule amounts of natural occurring fluoride in the drinking water. It's quite harmless as it is very small amounts. However, the salt (every brand in the grocery stores) has fluoride ADDED to the salt.
We Recommend: Because we already lived here, we had to make our own housing system for our Berkey filters, getting anything shipped into Ecuador can be a pain. We say, "buy your Berkey Water System before you leave to go abroad! Believe us, having clean drinking water when you move abroad will be one of your biggest and best investments!
We've been using the Berkey water system for the past couple of years to filter out chlorine, bacteria and other contaminates from the water, but the black Berkey filters do not filter out fluoride. However, Berkey does sell the white fluoride filters that easily attach to the Berkey system...and now we are filtering out the natural fluoride in the water. Here's the video of our water filtering system. It's nice to know we are drinking clean water.
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