Due to the failure of state and federal officials to act quickly in response to the on going water crisis in Flint, Michigan, thousands of men, women and children have been and are still being exposed to unsafe levels of lead and copper in their water. This weekend a group of union plumbers took matters into their own hands.
This past Saturday (Jan 30, 2016), more than 300 plumbers from across the country arrived in Flint to install new faucets and water filters for residents of the city for free. The help was coordinated by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, known as the United Association. With Plumbing Manufacturers International donating the fixtures.
Many homes needed their faucets replaced because their existing faucets were so old they could not fit the water filters the state had previously provided to some residents.
For many people in the city of Flint, unfortunately even new faucets and water filters won’t be enough to fully stop the lead contamination. New tests recently released, discovered that in some Flint homes the levels of lead “exceed the ability of filtration systems handed.” The filters are able to safely remove up to 150 parts per billion of lead. Some Flint homes were found to have lead levels of more than 4,000 parts per billion.
Residents of Flint, however are still welcoming the filters and for many homes, they will work.