Jaden Smith bringing "The Water Box" to Flint
(03/02/19) - He comes from a well known Hollywood family, but tonight actor Jaden Smith is thinking about the families of Flint.
"The Water Box" contains multiple filters that will reduce lead and other potential contaminants.
Since 2014, First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church has distributed over 5-million water bottles to residents. As time passes, donations are declining.
"It was a community that people were talking about and donating and everybody was paying attention and then slowly that started to dwindle and dwindle away, but the problem didn't go away" Smith said.
In comes, "The Water Box." The church teamed up with Jaden Smith and The Last Kilometer to deliver 8-10 gallons of water per minute. Not only can it quickly fill up jugs of all sizes, but its cleanliness is a guarantee.
"It's going through three different filters, which remove all of the minerals and lead and other contaminants from the water. The last step is a UV treatment, which is going to kill anything that's alive, any micro-bacterial," Jaron Rothkop, President of The Last Kilometer, said.
Don't believe him? The church backs it up one-hundred percent, and is willing to prove it by posting the test results online for public viewing.
"We do the daily testing of the water when we use 'The Water Box,' and as Jaron said, we also send it out to an outside credited lab that's not affiliated with the city. All of those results are posted on the website for the residents to see," Catrina Tillman, First lady of First Trinity said.
After almost a year now, it's an exciting step for the Flint community. As for Jaden, this is just the beginning.
"We want to continue to service Flint and to put more water boxes here and just to talk to the community and say, "Hey, how can we help? What's next? What can we do to make life easier?" Smith said.
If you'd like to help, the church is seeking donated water jugs for filling.
A distribution will happen this Thursday, March 7.
If you would like more information on the testing results or to make a donation, please visit www.firsttrinitywater.com.