Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will collectively donate water to meet the daily needs of more than 10,000 school children in Flint, Mich. for the remainder of 2016, the companies announced today. That translates to 176 truckloads, or up to 6.5 million bottles of water, to help with relief efforts for those affected by the Flint water crisis.
Flint has been dealing with a water crisis for the last 19 months. In 2014, Flint left the Detroit water system to save money and began pumping water from the Flint River to residents for drinking, cooking and bathing. After the switch, Flint residents and independent researchers indicated increasing levels of lead in the water, which made it unusable and undrinkable. The city recently returned to the City of Detroit water system for its water supply, but because of aging pipes lead is still detected and the water is still unusable.
“The water crisis is personal to us here in Flint. Those affected include our own associates, customers and their families,” said Beth Harris, Walmart store manager in Flint. “Our associates are proud to be a part of the effort to help our friends and neighbors.”
Walmart has already donated 14 trucks of water, or 504,000 bottles, and 1,792 water filters to the Flint community since July 2015.
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