New York Trend Online
Serving New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties

ZeroWater Expands Successful Filters for Flint Donation Program to Help Protect Kids Nationally as Lead Issues Surface Across the Country


drinkingwaterWith almost $200,000 in filter donations to the community of Flint plus additional filters distributed to most schools in the city, ZeroWater is now expanding the Filters for Flint program in an effort to help out the growing list of communities with lead issues expanding beyond Flint. “We worked to help the residents of Flint because we felt an obligation but are now seeing this lead situation spread to other areas and feel we have the same obligation to help in whatever way we possibly can” states ZeroWater CEO, Doug Kellam.

With the programs expansion, ZeroWater will continue its one for one donation match and will also be pledging an additional $50,000 worth of filters to help continue the efforts in Flint while offering additional assistance to schools and communities nationwide. To start this off, we are currently working with Hip-Hop 4 Flint in collaboration with the City of Newark to get hundreds of 23C devices to the schools being affected by lead contamination. “Our hope is that by expanding the program we get the same outpouring of support for communities beyond Flint” states ZeroWater CEO, Doug Kellam.

The company is also expanding the resources available to encourage lead testing and general lead awareness. Detailed resources for consumers, communities and organizations on how and where they can get water tested properly for lead contamination will be made available at ( The company will also be providing free water tests to the first 1,000 schools in need of lead testing assistance as well as access to inexpensive testing sources for anyone else. ZeroWater wants to provide assistance to ensure that no one is unaware of lead issues in their own backyard. The company encourages everyone to test their drinking water for lead, particularly where children are present.

ZeroWater is responding to the unfortunate increase in reports of dangerous levels of lead in drinking water across the country in the wake of the Flint disaster. According to a recent USA Today article “An analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data showed about 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests a total of about 470 times from 2012 through 2015. That represents nearly 20% of the water systems nationally testing above the agency’s “action level” of 15 parts per billion.”

For testing resources, or to make a donation, please visit ZeroWater encourages participation in the Filters for Flint and Kids Everywhere program as well as getting your water tested immediately. Additionally, if our school is in need of testing or has tested positive for lead, please email ZeroWater at For more information or to set up an interview with ZeroWater executives, please contact Dawn Ryden at 512-294-6218 or

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Leave a Reply

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.