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California Schools: Lead found in Water  


As a safety-conscious company, FreshPure® Waters makes a point to keep you up to date on water news so you can protect your children from harmful contaminants. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is not an isolated incident. On Monday, August 20, The Los Angeles Daily News reported findings of harmful levels of lead in school water fountains all over California. 

“In the wake of the much-publicized toxic lead contamination of water in Flint, Michigan, a Reuters report revealed dozens of California neighborhoods in which tested children showed elevated levels of lead.

How widespread is the problem? The national Centers for Disease Control found that 5 percent of tested children in Flint had elevated lead levels. In California, the state Department of Public Health has found that 2 percent of tested children have elevated levels.

But there are hot spots of trouble. In Alameda County, eight zip codes showed rates higher than or equal to Flint. Zip codes within Los Angeles, Monterrey and Humboldt counties also showed higher rates of childhood lead exposure. In one Fresno zip code, nearly 14 percent of the children tested had elevated levels of lead.

The district is working to fix or close fountains found with elevated levels, Sharp said, and intends to sample every drinking water source at its schools in the next three to five years. In the meantime, it’s begun a one-minute daily flushing at all of its schools—with staff running water through the pipes to reduce lead levels.” 

Decontaminating water supply is a lengthy process, and drinking bottled water is expensive in large quantities. FreshPure® Waters offers an affordable solution: for $0.49 per gallon. Extensive filtration and UV decontamination removes hundreds of thousands of contaminants (including lead) from city water to ensure you and your family are drinking safe, clean water. 

Live in one of the “hot spots” mentioned in this article? Take a look at the list below to find a local FreshPure® Waters location. If you don’t live in one of these cities, feel free to give us a call and ask where you can find us. We’d be happy to help. 

*For the complete Los Angeles Daily News article, click here: Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water 

FreshPure® Waters locations in Hot Spot cities 

Los Angeles 

San Diego: 

East Bay/Alameda 



Call us! With nearly 400 locations around the country, we’ll help you find FreshPure® Waters near you! 

(505) 471-5200 



FreshPure®  Waters Removes Lead from New Orleans Tap Water


New Orleans’ Inspector General’s Office released a new report July 19th, calling on the city and Sewage & Water Board to support New Orleans residents. The report “recommends the city take specific steps to help residents protect themselves, like handing out water filters and developing incentive programs to help low-income families remove lead service pipes on their property.

“Lead is a neurotoxin that has been linked to impaired cognitive development and functioning in adults and children. Lead exposure is especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

Up until now, campaigns to curb lead exposure in New Orleans and nationwide have focused on dangerous lead contamination in soil and house paint. Still, the EPA estimates drinking water consumption accounts for up to 20 percent of lead exposure nationally.

How are New Orleans kids faring? The IG report says Orleans Parish in 2015 reported blood lead level test results for 6,963 children aged six and under, or only a quarter of that age group. The tests showed 11.2 percent of kids tested in New Orleans had blood lead levels at or greater than 5ppb, which the CDC has associated with diagnosis of attention-related behavioral problems and decreased cognitive performance.”

Even though water treatment plants are carefully regulated by the EPA, a lot can happen to water as it travels to your faucet. Tap water is dependent upon the condition of city infrastructure and your home’s plumbing. Asbestos, copper, brass, PVC, and lead, like in New Orleans, are all common plumbing materials that have all been linked to health disorders.

To learn more about the situation in New Orleans, take a look at the entire Times-Picayune article here:  Should New Orleanians be concerned about lead in their tap water? New report says yes

New Orleans is the Nation

New Orleans is not alone in trying to solve this major public health issue. Cities around the US including Cincinnati, Denver, and Washington D.C. are all taking measures to ensure that city water is clean and safe. Measures include revamping pipe systems and alerting residents to potential danger. But, it takes time and resources to address complex infrastructure issues, and people need clean water right away.

Safe, Clean, Affordable.

FreshPure® Waters is proud to offer clean, affordable water to New Orleans residents. Municipal water flows through multiple filters removing lead as well as hundreds of thousands of potentially harmful compounds, just as we have been since 1991. Our comprehensive filtration process, backed by constant monitoring, ensures that FreshPure® Waters are always clean and healthy, so you and your family can feel safe.

New Orleans Locactions of FreshPure® Waters:

·Whole Foods Market: 300 N Broad Street, New Orleans LA 70119

· Whole Foods Market: 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002

· Whole Foods Market: 5600 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115