Faculties in Flint, Michigan which have been affected by town’s ongoing water disaster obtained water filtration programs on behalf of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the Musk Basis in October 2018. The programs are presently present process testing and ought to be obtainable to be used within the coming weeks.
In October 2018, Musk donated $480,000 of water filtration systems for college kids, academics, and school for Flint faculties. Flint Group Faculties is presently within the course of of putting in water stations at Southwestern Classical Academy the place highschool college students are taught, and Doyle/Ryder Elementary Faculty. Musk donated the programs after studying that water was not available to drink for individuals who are on the college.
The water programs make the most of a purification system that makes use of ultraviolet mild in an effort to take away lead and micro organism. However the programs must endure testing earlier than they’re given the approval for use within the faculties.
In line with a report from MLive, the Board of Trustees for Flint Group Faculties met in August to approve a proposal to pay an environmental firm to check water high quality and carry out flushing. The $19,558 price ticket for the testing was paid for by Musk’s donation.
The district will meet on November 12 to debate updates with the water programs.
Superintendent of Flint Group Faculties Derrick Lopez was grateful for Musk’s contributions. “We’re deeply grateful for the generosity and the budding partnership between Flint Group Faculties, the Musk Basis and Elon Musk. The brand new water filtration programs will probably be instrumental in serving to our college students return to the normalcy of what ought to be a elementary proper: accessing secure, clear water from water fountains of their college,” he mentioned.
Musk additionally deliberate to assist owners and residents of Flint, by vowing to put in a water filtration system to any house within the metropolis that had poisonous water. “Please take into account this a dedication that I’ll fund fixing the water in any home in Flint that has water contamination above FDA ranges. No kidding,” he mentioned on Twitter.
Musk didn’t cease there for the scholars within the Flint Group Faculties, as he additionally donated $423,000 worth of Google Chromebooks for all seventh and eighth-grade college students.