How to to apply for water lead-filtration system, find lead testing resources in Michigan

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Every person deserves clean water.

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich has partnered with Brita to offer 1,500 free filtration systems. With the EPA estimating that lead pipes continue to serve 400,000 schools and childcare centers, there’s more to do to ensure our most vulnerable population is protected.

To help, Brita Water Care for Daycares will deliver Brita lead-filtering systems to up to 1,500 daycares across the country for free.

Availability is limited on a first come first serve basis. To apply for up to 6 Brita Longlast+ 10-cup filtering systems, you don’t need to show proof of lead contamination but must show proof of certification to run a daycare facility in your state. Here’s the link to the Brita page to apply.

Related: Lead in Michigan water: How it gets there, what we can do, are we all in trouble?

Across the State of Michigan there are numerous lead-related programs and services. To see what program exists in your county, contact one of the agencies here. If you do not see your county listed, contact your local health department to ask about other available services.

If you have concerns regarding your water quality, you can request testing through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), your local health department, or you can contact a private lab.

EGLE’s Laboratory Services is committed to the health and safety of everyone in Michigan. Please contact the laboratory at 517-335-8184 with questions regarding drinking water testing, sample test kit requests, and sample delivery procedures.

For additional laboratory testing resources, please visit the EGLE Drinking Water Laboratory webpage.

Your Local Health Department is usually at the district or county level, and its phone number can be found in a local telephone book or online at

A list of Laboratories Certified for Drinking Water Analyses is also available.

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