Target: William P. Hite, General President, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry
Goal: Praise 300 plumbers who installed free faucets and water filters for Flint, Michigan residents.
Over 300 plumbers recently gathered in Flint, Michigan to install new faucets and water filters for residents affected by the ongoing water contamination crisis. After switching the city’s drinking water source from the Detroit River to the Flint River in 2014, the city experienced several issues with the quality of the water. Now, after the acidic Flint River water has corroded city pipes, high concentrations of lead are leaching into the water.
The high concentrations of toxic lead present in the water have created a serious public health crisis for which the federal government has pledged $90 million in aid and dispatched the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been found to have abnormally high levels of lead in their bloodstreams, which can impair development and cause a host of other health issues, including anemia and nervous system dysfunction. Not only is the water contaminated with heavy metals, but it was suspected as the cause for a local outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.
The plumbers, as part of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, visited 1,100 homes in one day. They installed new faucets, which unlike older models, can be fitted with filtration systems that reduce lead contamination. The plumbers also installed water filters, all free of charge.
These new water filters will filter out up to 150 parts per billion of lead from the water, drastically reducing lead intake for many residents. These plumbers, who took a day out of their weekend to put their skills to work in helping vulnerable citizens, deserve praise. Sign the petition below to applaud their work to provide 1,100 families with safer drinking water.
Dear General President Hite,
Over 300 plumbers from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry recently installed new faucets and water filters in 1,100 homes in Flint, Michigan. The city has been weathering a federal state of emergency brought on by high concentrations of lead in its drinking water.
By donating a day of their time, these plumbers were able to help a large number of families obtain safer drinking water. We, the undersigned, praise your efforts to help a vulnerable community in a great time of need.
[Your Name Here]
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