Due to the inaction of state and federal officials, thousands of people in Flint have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water. Now a group of union plumber are taking matters into their own hands.
On Saturday, 300 plumbers from unions across the country descended on Flint to install new faucets and water filters for free.
Many Flint residents needed new faucets because their existing faucets were so old they could not accommodate water filters provided by the state.
The effort was coordinated by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, known as the United Association. The fixtures were donated by the Plumbing Manufacturers International.
"Just heard one of the toughest stories I've heard in my life. Nakeyja, a resident of Flint, showed me how the government issued filter does not work. She tested it in front me and it was at 184 ppb. It's suppose to be less than 15. Her 1-year-old daughter is having seizures and tested very high for lead poisoning. And her 3-year-old son is not speaking and is staring at one location for long periods of time. She is testing him this week, but he is not doing well. We have poisoned our own people. Our children. American children. And there is no cure for lead poisoning. Russell and I were brought to tears. And we are hearing this at every house we visit. Beyond belief."
Clearly, people are being given Band-Aids for gunshot wounds in Flint. Babies are having seizures and testing positive for lead poisoning.
The filters are not working. The filters are not working. The filters are not working.
Look up Love Canal.