According to ABC12, not all the faucets in Flint can fit a filter, which each resident of the city desperately needs in order to get rid of lead in their drinking water. Some of the faucets are older and oddly shaped, making the installation of a filter nearly impossible.
Local plumbers with United Association Local 370 in Flint have been going door-to-door making sure that faucets are filter ready, reports Michigan Radio. And last weekend, they got a boost from hundreds of union volunteers.
Upon the small army of plumbers’ arrival on Saturday, 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!”
On Saturday alone, plumbers replaced faucets and filters in 800 homes. Plumbing Manufacturers International donated the faucets, which cost about $100 a pop according to ABC12, which is a price tag many residents of Flint cannot afford.
The problem with Flint’s drinking water occurred several months ago when the Michigan city switched its water system from the Flint River and failed to use corrosion controls. The result was lead in the drinking water, which if consumed can lead to a laundry list of severe health risks.
Some residents noticed something fishy in the drinking water right away.
“I was buying the water before we even realized they said all the lead was in it,” Berdie Johnson, a Flint resident, told Radio Michigan, “because the water was brown. Looked like Kool-Aid!”
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.
The MI Building & Construction Trades Council 400 union plumbers & pipe fitters stepping up to help Flint.