Although I typically like to write about issues that we can all address through reducing, reusing, recycling, and conserving for my "Eco-fact Friday" blog posts, I think it's important to continue to highlight the following news. There have been some new developments in the Flint, Michigan polluted drinking water disaster. The Michigan National Guard were finally called to Flint to hand out bottled water, water filters, and other supplies to Flint residents who have been dealing with lead-tainted drinking water for months.
As I've blogged about before, the long-suffering city of Flint had opted to start taking their drinking water from the Flint River in 2014 as opposed to the Detroit water source they'd previously been using. The goal of this change was to save money while aging pipes were being repaired, but in a nasty twist of events, residents started complaining that their water smelled, looked, and tasted foul.
After running tests, it was discovered that lead levels in Flint's drinking water were frighteningly high. The health consequences for people, especially children, drinking lead-tainted water can be devastating.
Flint has since returned to the Detroit water system since the crisis became apparent, but relief in the form of the National Guard and FEMA has been a long time coming. There has been wide-spread criticism that there has been gross neglect and a lack of organization when it comes to this public health crisis. In a city like Flint that has suffered so much financially and emotionally, it's unfathomable to think of what its residents are going through.
I wish there was more we as individuals could do to address public health and ecological crises like these. As I've written before, we at Water Gallery care deeply about the cause of making sure every citizen of our planet has safe and clean drinking water. One of our new artists Drew Brophy is deeply dedicated to the organization wavesforwater.org, which works to bring clean drinking water to people worldwide.
And with every sale of our upcoming Drew Brophy Water Gallery glass water bottles, 3% will go to this great organization. Nonetheless, the clean drinking water issue in the United States is a largely unknown and unacknowledged problem that must not be ignored. We will continue to follow this story and research the possibility of being able to contribute financially to help the residents of cities such as Flint. It's up to all of us to work to not only protect our common home, but also our fellow inhabitants of this planet.