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The Water Box: a new approach to clean water in Flint, Michigan and beyond

With this box, groups in Flint are able to extend their water service more broadly and sustainably.

The Water Box

is a mobile water filtration system that uses proven methods to reduce heavy metals like lead and eliminate harmful bacteria from the water producing ten gallons a minute. We designed it to be rugged, portable, easy to use and serviced. It was designed using proven, certified parts to conduct a four stage filtration process designed to filter out several types of heavy metals, sediments and bacteria. The following is the filtration process:

5 Micron Filter: Designed to remove the largest sediments and bacteria from the water.
Carbon Filter: Designed to remove heavy metals such as Lead. Also removed taste and smell issues.
1 Micron Filter: Designed to remove smaller microbiological contaminants and additional bacteria.
Ultraviolet Filter: Designed to be a redundant treatment layer against all forms of microbiological materials

Current Water Boxes

Box 001

Flint, Michigan

First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church

Box 002

Flint, Michigan

Metropolitan Baptist
Tabernacle Church

930 E Myrtle Ave, Flint, MI 48505

Why The Water Box?

A more efficient and sustainable was needed - designed by the residents, for the residents, with ongoing testing and public reporting for full transparency and trust. The Water Box is the result of collaboration between the church and several groups to engineer a solution specifically tailored around the churches current needs and capabilities with transparency.

The Water Box delivers clean drinking water at the rate of 10 Gallons per Minute. Residents can quickly fill up jugs of all sizes.

Testing

The water is tested every time the Water Box is used for a variety of aspects including PH, TDS, and Lead by the system operators.  Additionally, the water is tested for microbiological content by Michigan accredited third-party laboratories to ensure the water is clean and safe. Daily tests for lead and microbiological contaminants are conducted and reported on a weekly basis. For added assurance: Quarterly Third Party testing for lead, microbiological contaminants and other heavy metals is conducted.

Transparency

All of the testing results are made public to the residents of Flint via the box in their region:
www.501CTHREE.org/FirstTrinity
www.501CTHREE.org/Metro

You can help:

Flint needs more water jugs and more Water Boxes. You can donate a jug to First Trinity Church and Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village in Flint and they will distribute your gift to a resident in the community.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor an entire Water Box in Flint or elsewhere, please reach out to 501CTHREE at the link below.

The Water Box is a collaboration between:

Jaden Smith
& Drew FitzGerald

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