Elon Musk Follows Through On Paying For Flint Schools' Water Filtration Systems
Thank you @elonmusk and @MuskFoundation for investing in the health/future well-being FCS Students! Your generous donation will help us replace ALL water fountains w/NEW WATER STATIONS & WATER FILTRATION at ALL SCHOOLS! Looking forward to our burgeoning partnership! More to come!— Flint Schools (@FlintSchools) October 4, 2018
Although Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, have been in the news for less than ideal topics lately (i.e. problems with the Model 3 and being sued by the SEC) it turns out Musk is up too some good, too. He previously promised to help Flint, Michigan with its water problems. Flint's water problems with lead contamination in 2014 after the city began using water from the Flint River without adding chemicals to control corrosion in its infrastructure. In 2015, Flint began using Detroit's public water system again, but the damage was already done. The Detroit News reports that The Musk Foundation will provide $480,000 for 12 schools in the Flint school district to install ultraviolet water filtration systems in its water fountains. The district has a total of 4,500 students.
The Flint Community Schools recently Tweeted that the administration confirmed Musk made a donation that would be used to install a water filtration system district-wide. It's not clear which schools in the district will benefit from The Musk Foundation water filtration systems specifically. Flint's problem went viral and aid rushed to the city. When an individual tweeted to Musk earlier this year, the philanthropist committed to helping fix any home in need.
Hey @elonmusk I heard a bunch of people saying there's NO WAY you could help get clean water to Flint, Michigan. Said you wouldn't be capable idk— Baby D (@DylanSheaMusic) July 11, 2018
Although Flint's water may be in better shape, Musk's donation is important because there are no safe lead levels for children according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.