FLINT, MI — Members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) hit the streets Saturday 300 strong to install donated faucets and other plumbing in homes of residents affected by Flint’s water crisis.
PMI members gathered at 7 a.m. at the UA Local 370 Union Hall, located at 5500 West Pierson Road in Flushing, on Saturday, Jan. 30. The members took the donated faucets and supplies, as well as Brita water filters provided by the state before beginning work in houses and apartment buildings throughout Flint.
“PMI is proud to join with its members and the UA to put our vision of safe, responsible plumbing into action,” said Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO and executive director in a statement. “We appreciate the generosity of our members, the UA plumbers, IAPMO and everyone else that is helping to assure safe drinking water for the residents of the Flint area.”
The 300 plumbers are from local unions from across the country.
Plumbers Kevin Kinasz, of Bridgeport, and Rob Johnson of Swartz Creek assisted a number of Flint residents with donated faucet installation, including Lawanda Asa.
Asa, 70, said she is grateful to have so much help, not only from the plumbers, but the country on the full for the city she calls home.
“People from all over the country, Canada, Cher, tons of organizations are sending trucks loads of waters and filters to us. I’ve even lost count on how many people are sending us water,” she said. “It just goes to show how giving American people are. People that don’t even know us, have never heard of flint before are at our side. We’re so very blessed that the American people have such big hearts.”
The humanitarian effort was coordinated by PMI and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA). The hundreds of faucets and other plumbing supplies to be installed in Flint homes were donated by PMI.