Dec 03, 2018

Nestle Waters Extends Bottled Water Commitment to Flint, Mich.

The bottled water company will provide bottles to Flint through April

Nestle Waters provides bottled water to Flint, Mich.
Nestle Waters provides bottled water to Flint, Mich.

This news item was updated 12/2/19.

Nestle Water North America announced plans to continue to provide Flint, Mich., residents with free bottled water through the end of August 2019 as the city continues to work to replace lead service lines. According to The Detroit News, the bottled water company has supplied the city with approximately 100,000 bottles of water a week since May 2018. Furthermore, Nestle Water North America donated more than 6.5 million bottles of water to Flint help centers in total by the end of August 2019.

"I am grateful to Nestle for honoring my request to extend supplying bottled water to our help centers through August," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. "After some conversation, we were able to solidify a few more months of water donation."

The Michigan state government stopped providing the city with free bottled water donations in April 2018, after city water quality test results showed lead levels were below federal limits for nearly two years. However, Flint residents remain wary of the water quality, particularly as the city continues to work on its lead service line replacement program. 

Other companies have donated water resources to Flint residents in the wake of the lead contamination crisis, as well. Notable, the Elon Musk Foundation donated UV filtration devices to schools and musician Jaden Smith donated water filtration systems to Flint help centers.

See original article published 12/3/18 below.

Nestle Waters has extended their commitment to provide bottled water donations to Flint, Mich., through April 2019. The company already has donated 3.2 million bottles to the city and expects that number will exceed 5 million bottles by the end of April, as reported by ABC News.

Flint water first became a subject of controversy when the city switched their water source from Lake Huron received through Detroit to the Flint River in April 2014, and subsequent reports of lead contamination surfaced. After the state stopped supplying bottled water supplies to residents, citing recent reports of lead levels under the U.S. EPA’s federal standard, other organizations, including Nestle Waters and the Musk Foundation, supplies bottled water supplies to the city’s residents.

“We appreciate that Nestle Waters has offered to extend supplying bottled water through the three Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Help Centers into 2019,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver in a statement. “Since the spring of 2018, Nestle Waters has generously provided approximately 3.2 million bottles of water to Flint, and this extension will increase their donation to nearly 5 million bottles.”

Nestle Waters recently has faced controversy over their Ice Mountain brand’s rights for groundwater extraction in Michigan, paying only $200 per facility for water at some locations, as reported by local news source MLive.

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