As a Michigan-based organization, the water crisis our neighbors in Flint continue to face is heartbreaking.
We occasionally get asked if our filters can help in Flint, where people are still struggling with access to clean water.
The short answer is no. Our technology was specifically designed to remove bacteriological contamination like cholera, amoebas, worm cysts, algae and many other kinds of bacteria. Removing heavy metals [lead] and chemicals requires different methods and materials.
In 2015, when the crisis was emerging, our leadership spent weeks exploring our ability to invent or implement a solution that would work for schools and households. After researching and talking with organizations, companies and officials, we realized that people and groups with more specific expertise were already leading the response efforts.
We are all global neighbors, and every person deserves access to clean, healthy water. We encourage you to help wherever you see the need.
Here are a couple of great resources for anyone who wants to give or get involved:
- Providing bottled water or filters – United Way of Genesee County “Flint Water Fund”
- Combat the long-term physical/mental health needs of affected children – Community Foundation of Greater Flint “Flint Child Health & Development Fund”
You can also learn more about what our technologies can do here.