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The Water Box

A new approach to clean water in Flint, Michigan and beyond

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

The Water Box was designed in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2014 the municipal water system was contaminated with lead and Flint’s residents were forced to rely on donations of bottled water for drinking, cooking and hygiene. Bringing in and distributing millions of bottles of water became a heavy burden for the city and community organizations. By 2019 most of the country had forgotten about Flint and donations of water began to dry up.  501CTHREE partnered with First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church to develop an alternative way for the church and other community organizations to get water to Flint’s residents - one without the high cost, heavy logistics, and plastic waste of relying on single-use water bottles.

The Water Box Program

The Water Box is a program with several components. First, we engage with the community to understand their challenges and work together to design a distribution program that will be effective for our partners and the residents. After testing the local water, the Water Box’s filtration system is engineered to treat specific contaminants with the goal of providing clean, safe and good-tasting water. The testing regimen is administered by people in the community and the test results are published to our website to provide the residents an unparalleled degree of transparency. You can read more about the program, filtration and testing in the FAQ.

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Because everyone deserves access to clean water. You can read more about how The Water Box program started here.

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