The clean drinking water issues in Flint, MI are a well known and documented issue. An initial push helped provide many people with the support that they needed at the time; however, the Flint Water Crisis is still ongoing. The people of Flint are still required to drink bottled water or purified water until 2020. Therefore, we have partnered with the Flint Water Fund to help provide the people of Flint with ongoing funding for relief.
It is estimated by the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) that of the over 5,000 water systems in the U.S. that have health violations, over 50% are in rural areas of less than 500 people. The Appalachian Freshwater Initiative (AFI) at West Virginia University focuses on the critical research necessary to quantify the damage done by humans in Appalachia. To be able to fix the problem caused by mining and industry in Appalachia, it first has to be quantified. As such, we are pleased to partner with AFI to begin this process.