Plumbing is more than an industry — it’s a community, and this community has never been evidenced more strongly than by the hundreds of plumbers who flocked to Flint, Michigan last month. To those plumbers, northern Virginia’s plumber, My Plumber Heating & Cooling dedicates this #throwbackThursday.
300 Plumbers Poured Into Flint, Michigan, To Install Water Filters For Free
The following text was originally published by Huffington Post on February 2, 2016.
Everyone wants to see the city of Flint swim rather than sink — including plumbers.
More than 300 union plumbers from all over Michigan flooded Flint to install free filters for residents, this past weekend.
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 since October, reports Michigan Radio. And last weekend, they got a boost from hundreds of union volunteers.
Upon the small army of plumbers’ arrival on [Saturday, January 30], 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 [that] 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.