Milwaukee's tackling lead water problem with free filtration products
The City of Milwaukee is aiming to help residents deal with lead water concerns within the city while the bigger issue of replacing lead-lined water supply laterals is discussed.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department has partnered with Aquasana, an A.O. Smith company, to provide all residents of the Milwaukee area with a discount to purchase drinking water filters online.
If you live in the city of Milwaukee and cannot afford a filter, you may be eligible for a one-time, free drinking water filter starter kit. Thanks to the support of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the health system partners of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership, Aurora Health Care, Ascension Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, the City of Milwaukee Health Department is working with community-based organizations to distribute filters to eligible families.
Free water filtration products will be made available on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Milwaukee residents living in homes with lead service lines.
Residents can go to one of two South Side distribution events to receive a free filter starter kit and lead poisoning education. Filters will be distributed first come first serve, until supplies last. OnMilwaukee spoke to Health Department officials earlier today and confirmed supplies are still plentiful as of now.
- Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m.; Sixteenth Street-WIC Clinic (1337 S. Cesar Chavez Dr.)
- Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m.; Kosciuszko Community Center (2201 S. 7th St.)
North Side residents can pick up a water filter at the Social Development Commission (1730 W. North Ave.) weekdays.
The two products offered through the program, the Aquasana Claryum countertop unit and the Claryum "Clean Water Machine" powered water filtration pitcher, are NSF-certified to remove more than 99 percent of lead from drinking water as well as more than 65 other potentially harmful contaminants including heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, cysts and organic pollutants such as pesticides.
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