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Free water filters being distributed in Royal Oak Township after elevated lead levels found at 2 homes

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 16:52:18-05

ROYAL OAK TWP. (WXYZ) — The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's office is holding a free water filter distribution event on Dec. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the township's recreation center, 21271 Mendota, after two homes in the area tested for high lead levels in the drinking water.

“As Water Resources Commissioner, my highest priority is protecting the health and safety of the people I serve,” said Commissioner Jim Nash. “I want to ensure residents have all the necessary information to safeguard themselves and their families.”

The commissioner's office is also going door-to-door Tuesday handing out informational packets about the hazards of lead in drinking water.

“We could have put the informational packets in the mail, but I wanted to take the extra step to get the information out quickly,” Nash said. “Although the elevated levels were detected in just two homes, the packet is going to every township resident.”

To receive a free filtration device, a home must be connected to the Royal Oak Township's water supply, have a pregnant woman and/or child(ren) under the age of 18 living in the home, and be on WIC, Medicaid, or be willing to say that you cannot afford the cost of a water filter.

For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/RoyalOakTwpWater, or call 248-452-9158.