With the recent water crisis that has struck Flint, Michigan, it is great to see so many willing to help a community that is truly in need.
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Everyone wants to see the city of Flint swim rather than sink — including plumbers. 300 plumbers decided to take action, helping countless families that are still without clean water months after this incident came to light. They installed free filters for residents this past weekend.
Local plumbers with United Association Local 370 in Flint have been going door-to-door making sure that faucets are filter ready since October. And last weekend, they got a boost from hundreds of union volunteers.
Upon their arrival they got a moving welcome from Local 370 official Harold Harrington.
“We did not cause this American tragedy in Flint,” Harrington told the crowd. “But we certainly can help correct the damage that has been done!”
The plumbers replaced faucets and filters in 800 homes over a weekend. Plumbing Manufacturers International donated the faucets, which cost about $100 a pop, since many Flint residents could not afford to buy the faucets.
For the past months many residents had to resort to using water bottles and jugs. The problem originated when the city of Michigan switched its water system from the Flint River and failed to use corrosion control. As a result, Flint residents found lead in their drinking water, which if consumed can lead to a laundry list of severe health problems.
Residents began noticing something was wrong with the water almost immediately.
“I was buying the water before we even realized they said all the lead was in it,” Berdie Johnson, a Flint resident, said, “because the water was brown. Looked like Kool-Aid!”
A state of emergency resulted and the National Guard was brought in to provide clean water. In recent months two state officials from Flint have been charged with mishandling the water crisis.
Since Gov. Rick Snyder admitted that he let residents down tons of everyday folks and celebrities alike have donated money and sent water bottles to Flint, including Jimmy Fallon, Cher and Pearl Jam.