Virginia Tech professor gives opinion on water filters

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/02/15) - The Virginia Tech professor who was one of the first to bring the issue of lead in Flint's water into public awareness is speaking out about filters being given away on Saturday.

Back in September, it came out that Professor Marc Edwards and his students had discovered high lead levels in Flint's water. Edwards says handing out filters is a good short-term solution.

The filters that will be given out on Saturday can attach to any faucet.

Edwards says the filters are certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, or NSF, for removing lead. According to his research, Edwards says these filters will absolutely make Flint water safe in faucets that use them.

He also tells us they'll last for about three months before needing a replacement cartridge.

"What we're really looking for is to get something that people can use to protect themselves for the next three months and these filters will certainly do the job. They might not be 100 percent effective near the end of that time period, but they will still be dramatically better than drinking unfiltered Flint water,” Edwards said.

Edwards tells us he's continuing to keep tabs on the water situation in Flint. Once longer-term changes are made, he says he and his team will be back to test the water.

Some of Edwards' students started a GoFundMe page to raise money for filters, including some that will be handed out Saturday.

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