In response to the negligence and lack of effective action from Michigan’s state and local governments, the public is continuing to rally in wonderful ways to help the suffering citizens of Flint.
As ThinkProgress reports, “on Saturday, 300 plumbers from unions across the country descended on Flint to install new faucets and water filters for free. Many Flint residents needed new faucets because their existing faucets were so old they could not accommodate water filters provided by the state.”
At the center of these efforts was the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, while the Plumbing Manufacturers International donated all the necessary fixtures.
These new filters can remove 150 parts per billion of lead from the contaminated water supply. Although some Flint homes were found to have water that contained up to an astronomical 4,000 parts per billion of lead, the filters will still help hundreds of Flint residents who desperately need clean water but have been abandoned by Michigan leadership.
These plumbers join the ranks of other extremely generous citizens who have taken time out of their daily lives to aid the people of Flint: a group of churches donated over 72,000 cans of water, a Muslim charity donated 30,000 water bottles, and last week, a Chicago firefighter posted a call to action that has thus far garnered $3,000 in donations from fellow firefighters.
The 300 plumbers painstakingly went door to door over the weekend, making sure each and every home had the necessary fixtures that could filter the water. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell called the help “immeasurable.”
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