Officials distributed 20,000 Brita® Faucet Filtration Systems to Flint, MI residents after high levels of lead were found in the drinking water.
The state has declared the situation a public heath emergency, according to the AP, and is encouraging residents in the area to filter their water.
The EPA warns that elevated lead levels in drinking water can stymie physical and mental development in children, often surfacing in the form of short attention spans and slower cognitive abilities. Over prolonged exposure, lead can also harm the kidneys and lead to high blood pressure in adults.
Corroded and aging sewer systems – as was the case in Flint – are typically at the root of many water quality issues. Filtering your tap water with products like Brita Faucet Filtration Systems is a simple step you can take to prevent exposure to potentially harmful contaminants. All of our faucet-mounted filters are independently verified by NSF International to reduce lead levels.
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