The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan (United States), that started in April 2014. After the change in source from treated Lake Huron water (via Detroit) to the Flint River, the city’s drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of lead. As a result, between 6,000 and 12,000 residents had severely high levels of lead in the blood and experienced a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77.
Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mark Wahlberg, teamed up with Michigan resident Eminem and Wiz Khalifa to donate and help activate their cause. Together they have pledged to continue to deliver AQUAhydrate until the crisis is over. Combs and Wahlberg are urging more of their famous friends to join the cause.
The initial donation of 5,000 cases is expected to arrive in Flint by mid-week. AQUAhydrate is working closely with Michigan State Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Genesee County Emergency Management, the Red Cross, and local community leaders to integrate the product into ongoing water distribution and relief efforts.
They are not the only ones giving back. Big Sean donated $10,000 as part of his #HealFlintKids campaign to help families with kids who have been exposed to toxic water, and Meek Mill provided 60,000 bottles to Flint residents.
Eminem promises he will donate more in future:
Proud to support efforts of @AQUAhydrate in the million bottle water donation for people in Flint. More to come.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) January 25, 2016