As if this water crisis isn't concerning enough, there's something else affected customers need to watch out for; scammers claiming they can make your home drinking water safe.
Just when you feel most vulnerable about the effects of harmful water in your home, someone may come to your house and offer "solutions" to solve all your water woes for a few thousand dollars. Experts say don't buy it!
Jamie DeWitt, a Toxicology Expert says "There is currently no standard treatment for in-home systems to insure concentrations of PFOA and PFOS are below the health advisory level. But that won't stop people from making a thousand dollar pitch to ensure your water will be contaminate free."
If you do happen to be approached by someone making these claims, here are some tips from the better business bureau:
- Report the incident so they can begin an investigation
- If possible, try to get the name of the company, the business address and basic contact information.
Jamie DeWitt suggests "Until the West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority is able to install their temporary filtration system, [people] need to focus on getting bottled water or an alternative source because those home systems have not been approved for eliminating these compounds from water."
You can also fill out a BBB report online with their scam tracker.
We want to make it clear, there are carbon filters that can help in your home. You can feel good about using those. But the promises of a big home filtration system are what you need to be on guard against.