Donating water in times of need is something NWNA has done and will continue to do in the state of Michigan. The company has been providing water and other support to Flint since the beginning of the water crisis in that city, first through coalition efforts and then on our own. Throughout the crisis, NWNA has worked closely with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, non-governmental organizations, and members of the Flint community to understand how we can best help meet their needs.
- In October 2015, we began donating bottled water to the residents of Flint, and in January 2016, we collaborated with a broader coalition to meet the water needs of more than 10,000 public school students in the city.
- Since we began providing approximately 100,000 bottles of water per week to three Flint Help Centers in May 2018, we have worked closely with the state, Mayor Weaver, non-governmental organizations and the Flint community to understand how we can best help meet their needs.
- From May 2018 through the April 2020, we have donated over 10 million bottles of water to the Help Centers.
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've increased our donations. Since the COVID-19 crisis has kept certain at-risk groups from getting to the Help Centers to pick up water, we have been working with Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley to deliver an incremental 90,000+ bottles to the city of Flint for distribution to its residents who cannot leave their homes.