Some Flint residents got an unexpected surprise this weekend, when a group of union plumbers committed a random act of kindness.
Plumbers affiliated with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe-Fitting Industry (United Association) were spread out across the city installing faucets and water filters donated by Plumbing Manufacturers International. Because some homes had faucets that couldn’t accommodate to the water filters, new faucets were installed, all at no cost to residents. The plumbers helped approximately 800 homes this weekend.
“It’s public safety. And the safety of our people right now is in jeopardy, and I think it’s incumbent upon not only me, but all people in this community right now to get this problem solved,” said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell in an interview with a local news channel.
The water filters can remove lead content from a faucet, provided the lead content is less than 150 parts per billion. As Motor City Muckraker reported, EPA test results show that some homes in Flint have lead levels as high as 4,000 parts per billion.