A dangerous amount of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, has received national media attention, and each resident needs a filter to get rid of lead. But there's a problem. Many homes have older or oddly shaped faucets which cannot accept a filter. New faucets cost about $100 each, and many residents can't afford the upgrade.
To remedy this, Plumbing Manufactures International donated hundreds of replacement faucets, and Flint plumbers with United Association Local 370 have gone door-to-door to be sure faucets are ready to accept filters. Recently, they got a helping hand from more than 300 union plumbers from across Michigan. In one day, these volunteer plumbers replaced faucets and added filters to 800 Flint homes. One plumber explained, "We did not cause this American tragedy, but we can certainly help correct the damage that has been done."