Water filters are being made available for all residents of Benton Harbor starting this past week. The Berrien County Health Department’s Nicki Britten tells us the filters are certified to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water. That’s after some homes around the city tested for elevated levels of lead late last year. The filters will be provided at several locations throughout the city for free.
“There has definitely been some interest form the public and we’ve gotten some filters out,” Britten said.
We have a list of all the sites and dates for pick-up below. You can also pick up a filter at the health department. Britten says the department is urging all city of Benton Harbor water customers to continue taking precautions to reduce their risk of lead from drinking water by flushing their water for at least five minutes or by using a certified filter. In the meantime, the city is also working with the state to install a new lead treatment system at the water plant, and planning for the replacement of old lines from the street to the affected homes.
Upcoming water filter distribution locations City of Benton Harbor water customers are encouraged to attend include:
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Benton Harbor High School – 870 Colfax Ave, Benton Harbor
Monday, February 11th, 2019 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Harbor of Hope Church – 769 Pipestone, Benton Harbor
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
MI Department of Health and Human Services – 401 8th Street, Benton Harbor
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 from 1:30PM to 4:30PM
First Presbyterian Church – 475 Green Ave, Benton Harbor
Friday, February 15th, 2019 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Benton Harbor Charter Academy – 455 Riverview Dr, Benton Harbor