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:
- Westchester: Bristol Farms
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