The Musk Foundation is a charitable organization headed up by Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame. One of the advantages of being a billionaire is having the ability to not only be philanthropic but also encourage others to be as well. The Musk Foundation is stepping out in a big way in Flint, MI. The organization is donating $480K to Flint Michigan schools to replace all water fountains with new water stations as well as the water filtration in all Flint schools.
You’re most welcome. Hope to do more to help in the future.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 5, 2018
Elon Musk’s donation to Flint’s schools was announced by the district on Friday. In a statement to MLive News, Derrick Lopez, the Superintendent of Flint Community Schools, noted that the new water filtration systems would play a notable part in helping students regain access to safe, clean water. Lopez further stated that Musk’s donation is enough to pay for the filtration systems in all 12 school buildings in the city, as well as the district’s administration building.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity and the budding partnership between Flint Community Schools, the Musk Foundation and Elon Musk. The new water filtration systems will be instrumental in helping our students return to the normalcy of what should be a fundamental right: having access to safe, clean water from water fountains in their school,” Lopez said.
The UV water purification method within the filtration systems will disinfect lead and bacteria coming from water pipes, allowing students in Flint to safely drink from school water fountains once more. Flint school board president Diana Wright thanked the Musk Foundation for its donation, stating that it ensures that “students in Flint Community Schools have access to safe drinking water at the source — in drinking fountains — by way of the same type of water filtration system used by hospitals and colleges in Flint.”
The water crisis in Flint has been ongoing since 2014 when the city decided to pull water from the Flint River instead of Lake Huron. This move was made as a cost saving to the city but it ended up costing the people of Flint more than anyone could have imagined. The city’s new drinking water was contaminated with lead and that impact is still being felt today. Hopefully, more help comes to Flint as they sorely need it.