by Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review
Seventh-day Adventist volunteers are distributing bottled water and water filters to residents of Flint, Michigan, after high levels of lead in the local water supply left the city without drinking water.
Flint, a financially strapped city of 100,000 people north of Detroit, is mired in a water crisis following a cost-cutting decision last year to switch its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River.
The river’s corrosive water caused lead to seep from pipes, resulting in elevated levels of lead in drinking water that can cause brain damage and other health problems.
“Seventh-day Adventists church members in Flint are distributing approximately 10 pallets of water a week and will continue to do so for the next five months until the new water-lines are in place,” Adventist Community Services said in a statement.