May 16, 2017

Pittsburgh Receives Filters to Combat High Lead Levels

ZeroWater donates filters, focusing on children & expectant mothers

ZeroWater donates filters to Pittsburgh

Due to high lead levels, the city of Pittsburgh declared the city water a "public health crisis." ZeroWater distributed 10-cup filtration pitchers and replacement filters to the city. The distribution began with expectant mothers and families with children less than six years old.

To date, the company also has donated more than $300,000 worth of filters and pitchers to the city of Flint, Mich., to help with the ongoing lead crisis. It followed up those efforts with assistance to Milwaukee, as well as other cities across the U.S.

"At ZeroWater, we believe kids deserve lead-free drinking water," said Doug Kellam, CEO of ZeroWater. "Lead in drinking water is a major health concern, and it can occur anywhere, anytime, without residents even knowing it. With young children being especially susceptible to its health risks, we feel it is our duty to prevent long-term damage to our future generation."

The office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto indicates that approximately 6,000 people have requested the filters so far, and among that group 1,600 have identified themselves as expectant mothers or with young children. ZeroWater's filters will be distributed through the city, as wells as other locations, including fire stations throughout the city. During phase two of the distribution, ZeroWater is working directly with city officials to hand out filters to federally funded health clinics, early childhood centers, day care centers and other facilities with prioritized clientele.

Zerowater pitchers are NSF-certified to reduce lead and chromium 6, as well as other heavy metals.