Members of International Bottled Water Assn. continue to donate bottled water to beleaguered city
The members of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) continue to respond to the ongoing lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., affecting 100,000 families. IBWA member companies, including Absopure, Flint Culligan, Maumee Valley Bottlers, Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) and Niagara have so far donated the equivalent of 1.5 million bottles of bottled water.
Bottlers are working with state, county and municipal emergency management agencies and emergency relief partners like Convoy of Hope to provide bottled water to those in need. IBWA member companies are also coordinating donations through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, directly with the city of Flint and partnering with local media outlets such as FOX 2 Detroit and iHeartMedia Detroit.
In addition, a major effort was just announced by NWNA, Walmart, Coke and Pepsi to provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for approximately 10,000 Flint public school students through the end of 2016. The companies also encourage the public to get involved by visiting this website to make donations that will go directly to local nonprofits serving the community.
“IBWA has also offered its assistance to Michigan governor Rick Snyder and Flint mayor Karen Weaver. Our continuing efforts are focused on helping provide Flint residents impacted by the lead-contaminated public water supply with reliable access to safe drinking water. Safe, clean drinking water is important to everyone’s survival, but public water supplies are compromised, bottled water is a necessary, vital, and reliable source of clean, safe drinking water,” said Joe Doss, president and CEO of IBWA.