Aug 11, 2009

Lawsuit Claims Water Filters Leak Arsenic

Center for Environmental Health alleges companies are failing to warn consumers that activated carbon filters release arsenic into water

A complaint filed in California’s Marin County Court by the Center for Environmental Health claims activated carbon filters from Proctor & Gamble and Omnipure release arsenic into water and the companies are not warning consumers, Courthouse News Service reported.

“Arsenic is present in the activated carbon used in the filers and replacement filers of defendants' drinking water filtration systems," the complaint stated. "People who use the products, including children, consume water from the products after arsenic has leached from the products into the water."

The Center claims that the failure to warn consumers about the risks from the arsenic violates California's Proposition 65. They are demanding an injunction and fines of $2,500 per day for every Proposition 65 violation. The Center is represented by Eric Somers from San Francisco’s Lexington Law Group.

Defendants named in the suit include Multipure Intl.; Omnipure Filter Co., Inc.; PUR Water Purification Products, Inc.; and The Proctor & Gamble Co.