Contaminated Water in Flint. Here's How To Help.
41% of its residents live in poverty with contaminated water. This water was linked to Legionnaires disease, which can be deadly. That is the current situation in Flint Michigan. Thousands of people were exposed to lead contaminated water; this includes schools, hospitals and homes. According to Michigan Live news, three buildings within the Flint School District tested above the federal limits for lead in the drinking water.
Recently, 6 public officials were charged with manslaughter because there were residents who were literally dying from the water. According to CNN, the Michigan attorney general's office announces that several state officials have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a Legionnaires' outbreak that killed 12 people during the Flint water crisis.
With the situation this bad, I thought I’d take it upon myself to inform the public of how they can help. Here’s how you can help…
1. Donate to the companies bringing clean water to Flint.
The United Way of Genesee County started a Flint Water Fund. All of the money donated goes to buying filters and bottled water for Flint residents.
2. Support Research
Find private researchers who are dedicating their efforts to providing clean water. For instance, The Flint Water Study is an independent research team of scientists that volunteer their time to studying the water in Flint. They also continuously update local Flint citizens of lead levels through an online repository of data and information.
3. Inform People
The situation will not change if no one is aware that there is a problem. People tend to forget about a crisis after a few months. Don’t let the people of Flint be forgotten. Share this article. Write your own. Talk about it at dinner. Tweet about it. Make sure everyone knows about the current crisis in Flint, Michigan.
4. Call the Governor of Michigan
Don’t have money to support research or provide water? Call Flint’s legislators to let them know that the crisis is far from over. There are people who are still drinking lead water. To contact the governor's office, all you have to do is call 906-228-2850.
5. Donate to Public Health Offices
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) is asking for nationwide donations to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. Funds will support “public health, medical and community-based services” to address the impact of the water crisis on Flint families.
If you don’t live in Flint, you enjoy the luxury of clean water. There are small children who went to school drinking lead water. Find it in your heart to help in any way you can. That’s what #GoodKarms is all about. Being good to people.