Aug 08, 2019

Nestle Will Continue to Provide Bottled Water to Flint, Mich.

Nestle aims to donate more than 6.5 million bottles of water to Flint

Nestle aims to donate more than 6.5 million bottles of water to Flint

Nestle announced they will keep providing free bottled water to Flint, Mich., beyond its originally proposed end distribution date in August.

According to MLive, there is no end distribution date. According to a press release, Flint officials said Nestle would supply the city with free bottled water beyond the originally proposed August end distribution date. 

"We appreciate that Nestlé Waters has agreed to extend supplying bottled water beyond the August end date,” said Mayor Karen Weaver, according to MLive. “Since the spring of 2018, Nestlé Waters has generously provided nearly 5 million bottles of water to Flint, and this extension will help the residents as we continue to replace lead-tainted service lines.”

Michigan stopped supplying free bottled water to Flint residents April 6. According to MLive, officials said testing revealed that Flint’s water quality had been below lead action levels for two years. 

However, new testing of Flint water for lead in February revealed the 90th percentile for 51 high-risk homes tested from May through December 2018 was 4 ppb of lead, less than half the federal and current state action level, according to MLive

On April 10, a Nestle spokesman said the company aims to have donated more than 6.5 million bottles of water to Flint from May 2018 to August 2019. 

“We know that people were concerned that bottled water distribution would be ending soon; however, at the request of Mayor Weaver, Nestle has agreed to continue distribution," said Jameca Patrick-Singleton, Flint chief recovery officer, according to MLive.

According to Nestle’s press release, Help Centers will be open on the following days from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Monday everyday at Bethel United Methodist Church 1309 North Ballenger Highway, Tuesday everyday at Asbury United Methodist Church 1653 Davison Road, and Thursday everyday at Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ 6702 North Dort Hwy.