Billionaire inventor Elon Musk pledges to help with Flint water crisis

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FLINT (WJRT) (7/11/2018) - Flint residents still suffering the effects of the water crisis are getting some high profile help.

In a series of tweets, billionaire inventor Elon Musk pledged to help any residents still seeing excessive amounts of lead and metals in their home's water.

"Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding," says a tweet from Musk in response to a challenge from a Twitter user from Seattle.

Beginning Thursday, Flint residents are welcome to email with water test results showing excessive lead and other contaminants in parts per million and parts per billion.

Musk said he will send someone out to install a water filter if the results show contaminants about federal levels.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver also reached out to Musk on the string of tweets to talk about ways he could help city residents.

Musk reached out to "Little Miss Flint" Mari Copeny on Twitter last week to inquire about features she would like to see on a Tesla pickup truck his company is designing.

She replied, asking for bicycles for last weekend's giveaway and help with a water distribution. He pledged to help with both and hours later an anonymous $2,250 donation came to her GoFundMe page.

Musk has said he plans to schedule a visit to Flint, so he can tour the area and assess what can be done to help move the city forward.