Flint, MI – March 2016 – The Flint water crisis has gained national support and attention. The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination issue in Flint, Michigan, that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of the heavy metal. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_water_crisis]
AV’s Vice President of Operations, Roshawnda Humphries, was born and raised in Flint, MI. The majority of her family members reside in Flint and have been directly impacted by this crisis. Ms. Humphries wanted to help out in some way and she spent two days in Flint, MI working with various organizations to help. Ms. Humphries volunteered with the American Red Cross to put together water bottle recycling kits that would be distributed to the local Fire Departments and then distributed to Flint residents. Ms. Humphries also volunteered with a local church to distribute bottled water to Flint’s residents.
Although some support has been provided to the residents of Flint, MI and some work has begun on replacing pipes, there is still much left to do.