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3/30 What's in That (Bottled) Water? 

Effectiveness of Lead Filters

3/18 Additional Filters Donated as the city struggles with the distribution method, following its failed difficult to administer pick-up distribution process. On March 5, it was reported that Brita is donating filters to D.C. residents, yet they appear slated only for homes with lead service lines,  In Arlington, homes that receive D.C.'s water and that have lead components, solders or fixtures  and do not connect to lead service lines have elevated lead levels.  Findings In Arlington Imply All DC Residents with some Lead Fixture, Component At Risk

Where to Get Free Filters if you have lead service lines

There are two options that many are employing as an alternative to tap water: filtered water and bottled water

A caution when consuming alternatives to tap water is that many experts attribute fluoridated (tap) water to preventing dental caries in infants and tooth decay in young children.  Many criticize bottled water as a tap alternative because it lacks the same degree of regulation as tap water, and therefore may pose other problems to those consuming it.  (Nothing here or on this site purports to give medical or technical advice.  Please consult your health care provider with such questions.)

Water Filtration Products

There are two organizations recommended by the U.S. EPA for assisting consumers in finding appropriate filtration products:
      1.   NSF International, National Sanitation Foundation, is independent and it tests, evaluates and certifies the performance of filtering devices that remove lead from drinking water. Look for their seal, which generally is placed on the product and its

       2.   The Water Quality Association (WQA)  also an independent, not-for-profit agency, it represents firms and individuals who produce and sell equipment and services that  improve the quality of drinking water. They advise on
treatment units for specific uses at home or business.  For more information regarding the certification program, contact NSF at (877) 867-3435, or WQA at (630) 505-0161, ext. 270.

       3. See Consumer Reports for their consumer satisfaction ratings of  filtration systems.

Bottled Water

       1.  Many are choosing bottled water alternatives to tap water.  EPA notes that EPA does not regulate bottled water.  Bottled water sold in interstate commerce is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Water that is bottled and sold within a state is under state regulation. EPA does not regulate bottled water.)

        2.  NSF International also evaluates and certifies bottled water and ice products.