Over 300 plumbers from the United Association Local 370 in Michigan have joined forces to volunteer their time and talents in order to install free water filters and faucets to the residents of Flint, Michigan.
On Saturday, the local guys got some help – from a small army of more than 300 plumbers driving in from Lansing, Detroit, Saginaw, and other cities across Michigan.
They get a rousing, union-pride welcome from Local 370 official Harold Harrington.
“We did not cause this American tragedy in Flint,” Harrington tells the group, “but we certainly can help correct the damage that has been done!”
Outside the union hall, Genesee County sheriff deputies direct traffic to make sure all the trucks and vans can get in and out safely.
The faucets were donated by Plumbing Manufacturers, International, which represents major companies like Moen, Brasscraft, Speakman, Delta and American Standard. Hodges Supply of Flint also kicked in items.
Johnson’s home is like practically every house in Flint; she has cases of bottled water stacked in her spotless kitchen.
She says in a way, it was lucky her water didn’t look right two years ago. That was when the city switched from Detroit water to Flint River water in order to save money.
The plumbers visit 1,100 homes by the end of the day. Local 370 will keep on volunteering.