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Elon Musk says he will fund fixing Flint’s foul water


Musk responds to calls to help Flint in wake of the Thai cave rescue. For around four years now, the water supply to the city of Flint, Michigan, has been contaminated with lead. Now, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has promised to help. Replying to a request on Twitter, Musk pledged to fund remediation work to houses with contaminated water supplies. Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding. For some time now, people on Twitter and elsewhere have been calling on Musk to turn his attention to this domestic scandal; those calls having escalated in response to his high-profile interest in the rescue of 12 children and their soccer coach from a cave network in Thailand. As is usually the case with plans that are barely an hour old, the details are thin as of now. But Musk—tweeting from China—told people in Flint to reply to his tweet with test results showing contamination above the recommended limits, at which point he would arrange having a water filter fitted for them. (We should note that it's actually the EPA, not the FDA, that sets limits on environmental pollution exposure, and that the state of Michigan has already been supplying water filters to affected residents.) For now, reply to my tweet with ppm & ppb test results & will send someone to install a water filter. Creating email flint@x.com, but Im in China so that wont be working until tomorrow. In replies to other Twitter users, Musk mooted the idea of a " barnstorming weekend" installing water filters across Flint and noted that many houses in the area do actually have safe water now despite perceptions otherwise. While this isn't a flashy solution that uses offcuts from rockets, it also has the potential to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of citizens of Flint, particularly its children, who can suffer from developmental delays if exposed to environmental lead. This isn't the first time Musk has paid attention to the Flint water scandal; earlier in July, we discovered that he has been supporting a program to give bikes (as well as drinking water) to children in Flint.

Elon Musk said he will pay for home water filters in Flint


The SpaceX and Tesla CEO will address 'outliers' that stll don't meet FDA standards. Four years ago, the Flint water crisis began when officials switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Its more corrosive water caused dangerous levels of lead from old pipes to leach into the city's drinking water, poisoning residents. Now, after fighting with officials just to get the problem recognized in 2015, many residents still don't trust the city's tap water. Into the fray steps Elon Musk, fresh off of his submarine-building exploits, responding to a tweet with this promise "Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding." Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding. For now, reply to my tweet with ppm & ppb test results & will send someone to install a water filter. Creating email flint@x.com, but I'm in China so that won't be working until tomorrow. Whether you think his involvement in high profile events is a kind of PR stunt or anything else doesn't particularly matter if anyone in Flint actually gets much-needed help. Michigan's state government recently ended a free program delivering bottled water to the city, even though some people continue to report that the water they're getting is unusable. While Musk said in further tweets that "Most houses in Flint have safe water, but they've lost faith in govt test results. Some houses are still outliers," he encouraged residents to reply to his tweet with test results and listed an email address for the program. We'll see how this turns out in practice, even as Flint's pipe replacement program is scheduled to run through 2019. As far as the standard being applied, while the FDA specs apply to bottled water, they essentially refer to the EPA standards for tap water which you can see here. You're right on both counts. Most houses in Flint have safe water, but they've lost faith in govt test results. Some houses are still outliers. Will organize a weekend in Flint to add filters to those houses with issues & hopefully fix perception of those that are actually good.