The new portable water filtration system donated by Jaden Smith’s foundation will filter water in Flint, Mich.
On March 2, Jaden Smith visited First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Mich., to present the church with a new portable water filtration system that can fill a 5-gal jug in 30 seconds. The system, the Water Box, uses the same filtration system Smith’s bottled water company, JUST Water, uses, but in a portable water distribution system.
According to local news source MLive, the church has one Water Box residents will be able to collect filtered water. Smith’s mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, announced that she will donate a second Water Box to Flint.
“We don’t want to disrupt what’s happening with the donation of bottled water to Flint,” Smith said. “We just want to be the backbone in case something happens to that supply of donated bottled water.”
Smith has been collaborating with the church for more than a year after discovering their supply of donated bottled water was decreasing. The partnership seeks to find a sustainable solution to provide Flint residents with clean drinking water.
“It was very important to us at First Trinity and Jaden to make sure this whole process is very transparent to the community,” said Catrina Tillman, a spokesperson for the church. “We do onsite testing ourselves with handheld devices and we also send out water samples to an outside lab source that isn’t affiliated with Flint at all.”
While the Water Box has been at the church for several weeks, the launch was delayed because the church and Smith wanted to ensure thorough testing was complete. The church launched a website where residents can see how the water is filtered and tested through the Water Box each week.
In addition to the new filtration system installed at the church, another filtration system will be coming to Flint Community Schools courtesy of a donation system from the Elon Musk Foundation.