Cher's 181K water bottles arrive in Flint for residents struggling through water crisis
About 181,000 bottles of water arrived in Flint, Michigan, Wednesday, courtesy of pop icon Cher.
Pallets of Icelandic Glacial water arrived at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Wednesday morning as residents continue to survive on bottled water and filters amid an ongoing water crisis. Flint's water supply was tainted with unsafe levels of lead that was consumed by residents for months before any action was taken.
The donation will be allocated to food banks, community centers and fire houses focusing on low-income housing areas.
"We're a commercial operation, but we try to be charitable as well," Karistjan Olafsson, co-founder of Icelandic Glacial, said. "We try to bring the water as much as we can. Being a small organization it's hard to do that on your own. So having somebody like Cher come with us and do and more importantly, with the power of Cher, it's getting the word out there."
Cher is reportedly taking on half the cost of the water with Icelandic Glacial matching her donation.
From an earlier report:
The Flint water crisis, which began in 2014 when Flint switched away from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. It was later discovered that the Flint River water caused the aging pipes in the system to leech lead into the water. The city switched back to Detroit water in October of 2015, but the damage to the pipes was done. The water is still considered unsafe to drink. Children in the City of Flint were exposed to the high levels of lead in the water for nearly two years.
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