Project WET Supports National Clean Water Collective Campaign #CheckYourTap
Earlier this year, Project WET partnered with Syrah Scott from the National Clean Water Collective for the first time. As the founder of an organization committed to solving the nation’s water crisis, Syrah is knowledgeable about many water issues directly impacting communities, including environmental justice issues in Flint, MI. In her webinar with the Project WET network, she shared her successes and insights from working with communities experiencing difficulties with their water supply and advised on how to inspire action in the classroom.
Currently, the National Clean Water Collective is running the #CheckYourTap Water Testing campaign. The goal of this campaign is to create an opportunity for households and businesses in Flint to have their water tested. This campaign will culminate in a presentation of the results on Saturday, September 17th.
With the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act coming next month and the increasing need for improvements in water quality across the nation, this event couldn’t have come at a better time. In support of this campaign, Project WET is providing educational materials to be distributed at the in-person event.
We are proud to be partnered with such an amazing organization and mission. Continue to read the full press release.
National Clean Water Collective Offers a New Round of Water Testing to Flint, MI Households and Businesses Culminating in Youth-Led Forum
(August 29, 2022 – Flint, Michigan) - National Clean Water Collective’s (NCWC) #CheckYourTap Water Testing Campaign is now underway, providing an opportunity for 100 households and businesses in Flint, Michigan to have their water tested by a nationally accredited lab. Testing will take place between September 6th and 14th, and results will be presented on September 17th in conjunction with the 5th Annual Pen PALs Youth Environmental Justice Forum. This event, to be held at First Union Baptist Church from 9am to 12pm, will celebrate NCWC’s clean water victory, offer follow-up information and recommendations regarding next steps including water treatment systems and pipe replacement to affected households, and will provide more detailed information about dealing with the ongoing water crisis for the general public.
Although water lines have been replaced in many areas throughout Flint, there are still sections left to repair where problems persist. In recent months, two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed at Hurley Medical Center and Genesis Hospital. Personal accounts from Flint’s Second Ward include discolored and foul-smelling water, as well as reports of mold growing on faucets. In this section of Flint, which is furthest from the water treatment plant, authorities recently undertook a 17-hour hydrant flushing operation to address stagnant pipe water. "When chlorine residual tests are coming back at 0.1 and 0.2 and the minimum requirement is 0.5 after flushing hydrants for more than 18 hours, we have got some serious problems that need to be addressed immediately. We have no immediate action plan to give to residents,” exclaimed Tonya Burns, 6th Ward Councilwoman.
National Clean Water Collective has been working since 2015 to address the public health emergency in Flint through a multi-pronged program of water testing, community education, organizing and structural improvement. With the recent water main break at Lake Huron putting over 930,000 Michigan residents at risk for tainted water, the problem of contaminated public water supply is getting more attention, but much work is still needed.
The September 17 event will provide a great opportunity for education, resource sharing and organizing. Sponsors so far include: Pipkin Foundation, Turtle Plastics Foundation, Mazarine Ventures, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, National Clean Water Collective, Project WET, Water Insecurity Correction Coalition, 100k Ideas, Wristsponsible, and WS Darley and Co. We hope you will join us to support and get involved with the #CheckYourTap Water Testing Campaign.
For more information about having your home tested or more general information about the Flint Water Crisis, to help share resources and information about this growing national problem, or to support National Clean Water Collective, please contact: info [at] nationalcleanwater.org.