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Three hundred unionized plumbers traveled to Flint, Michigan over the weekend to help people install water faucets and filters in an effort to make their water actually usable.

Many Flint residents needed new faucets because their existing faucets were so old they could not accommodate water filters provided by the state.

The effort was coordinated by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, known as the United Association. The fixtures were donated by the Plumbing Manufacturers International.

Unfortunately, some residents will not be able to use or drink their water even with a filter installed because concentrations of lead have surprised the level a filter can eliminate.

Filters can eliminate up to 150 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, but some tests have revealed levels of 4,000 ppb. It's a toxic sludge.

They may not be able to help everyone, but they deserve credit for trying.

  • muselet

    Please notice that it’s members of one of them goddamn greedy good-for-nothing budget-busting anti-competitive featherbedding unions who are installing faucets, and not anyone employed by the Emergency Financial Manager for Flint. Or the Department of Environmental Quality. Or the Department of Public Health. Or the Governor’s Office. Or …


    • ninjaf

      Or any religious organization.

      • muselet

        True. However, religious organizations didn’t cause this calamity; Rick Snyder’s administration did.


        • Christopher Foxx

          However, religious organizations didn’t cause this calamity

          And Christ told people to help others only if it was their fault that someone needed help?

          • No, I think he’s saying the greatest responsibility lies with whoever caused the crisis.

          • muselet

            You miss my point.

            If religious organizations had jumped in the way the plumbers’ union did, I’d applaud them.

            However, it shouldn’t be unions or religious groups doing the remediation work, it should be the state of Michigan. The current administration caused the problem and should be the one to fix it. Of course, that won’t happen because Michigan’s governor has decided to run the state like a business, which means ducking as many of its responsibilities as possible.

            Shorter me: what IrishGrrrl said.


        • Aynwrong

          I don’t know. Does a cult qualify as a religious organization? This is the GOP we’re talking about.

  • Victor the Crab

    Give them an A+ for effort, and for putting their hearts in the right places.