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Brita spokesperson disputes concerns over water filters

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Posted by Paul Leonard on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Brita spokesperson is hoping to put concerns to bed over free water filters being handed out in Flint.

This follows a video posted on social media. In the video, a woman who claims to be a representative for Brita says the filters, model number SAFF-100, do not reduce lead, despite packaging which might say otherwise.

David Kargas, Associate Director of PR for Brita issued this statement: 

"All Brita faucet mount filters, including the 20,000 faucet mount filters distributed this week by state and local organizations, are certified by NSF International to remove 99.3 percent of lead from tap water that has a lead concentration of 150 parts per billion – far higher than what has been reported in Flint.  There is no possible issue with old or outdated packaging.  Quite simply, all Brita Faucet Mount filters are certified by NSF International to reduce lead. "

Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, also said the Brita SAFF-100 filters being distributed by the department and GCCARD do meet the NSF/ANSI 53 standards for drinking water treatment units.

Meantime, Flint residents and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services clients with a city of Flint water bill will now have a little more time to pick up those much-needed water filters.

The state is extending hours to get filters this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department 2727 Lippincott location.

“The Brita faucet filtration system that we are distributing to residents are National Sanitation Foundation certified to reduce lead in drinking water,” said Dr. Eden Wells. “When connected appropriately, these filters improve water quality by filtering out contaminates including lead, chlorine, benzene and other chemicals.”

Extended hours will be offered at the Lippincott facility only, and will run from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The other three locations will maintain 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. operating hours, Monday through Friday.

Since Monday when MDHHS announced that free water filters would be distributed at four Flint locations, the state and GCCARD have partnered to issue approximately 5,000 free NSF certified water filters to residents. The distribution of filters is part of the administration’s plan to addressing water concerns in the area.

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