FLINT (WJRT) - (10/07/15) - A video all over social media is raising questions about free water filters being given out to people in Flint by local and state agencies.
They're supposed to remove lead, but the man who shot the video says the supplier, Brita, isn't being clear on whether they actually work.
Paul Leonard and his sister picked up two of the free Brita faucet filters being given out at several locations in Flint this week.
They wanted to get more information from the company.
When Paul called Brita, the service representative said the filter he received does not remove lead. She added that his model is no longer certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).
The NSF is the agency that independently tests the water filters.
Leonard said he called Brita again and a different service representative said his filter does remove lead.
ABC12 News reached out to the company. The following is their statement on the filters:
"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. "
Because of the confusion, ABC12 News took it a step further and asked the NSF. The following is their response:
"NSF International...has confirmed that the three water filters being distributed by officials in Flint, Michigan are currently certified by NSF International for lead reduction."
Below is the official statement from NSF International that clarifies which filters are certified:
"NSF International, the public health and safety organization that tests and certifies residential drinking water filtration systems, has confirmed that the three water filters being distributed by officials in Flint, Michigan are currently certified by NSF International for lead reduction.
Specifically, Brita Faucet Filtration System, model number SAFF-100 (in white, black or chrome), the PUR Faucet Mount, model number FM-3700B, and the Zero Technologies Water Treatment Pour Through Pitcher, model number ZD-018, are certified for lead reduction in accordance with NSF/ANSI 53 – Drinking Water Treatment Unit Standard for Health Effects."