APA photo water purifiers that purify drinking water and store it at temperatures above safe limits are becoming increasingly popular, especially in urban settings, but some people are questioning the safety of those products.
In the latest case, a New Jersey man died in March after drinking a water purifying device at a convenience store, The New York Times reported.
The device, made by Purity Products, sold for $1,100 at a New York City convenience store in March, but the company has since told customers to stop using the product because of the death.
The company’s CEO, Daniel Gomes, was charged with manslaughter in February after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
The Times report said Gomes told customers that he bought the device because the store had been in a water shortage and needed the device to purify the water.
He said he was “extremely sorry” and apologized to customers.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has launched an investigation into the death and is investigating whether any of the devices at the store violated state laws.