WHEN WILL THE WATER BOX BE AVAILABLE?
The Water Box will be available Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:00. We will pass out 5-gallon jugs as they are available, and fill any jugs or bottles you bring us.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The easiest way to help is for you or anyone around you to donate water jugs to the residents of Flint. You can do so here.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Water Box uses three-stage filtration and UV treatment to clean the city water. The 5-micron, carbon block and 1-micron filters remove bad taste, odor, chlorine, lead and 80+ other contaminants. After passing through the filters the water is treated with a UV lamp that kills waterborne microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria. The UV lamp can only effective be after all other contaminants have been removed from the water by the three-stage filtration system.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE WATER IS SAFE?
All test results can be found in the TEST RESULTS section of this site
The water is tested every time the Water Box is used for a variety of aspects including PH, TDS and Lead by the system operators. Additionally it is tested for microbiological content like coliforms and bacteria by Michigan accredited third party laboratories to ensure the water is clean and safe.
The First Trinity deacons have been instrumental in the bottled water service since 2014. They were involved from the very beginning in landing on what an appropriate testing and reporting structure should be.
Daily tests for lead are conducted and reported on a weekly bases.
Daily Tests for microbiological contaminants are conducted and reported on a weekly basis.
For added assurance:
Quarterly Third Party testing for lead and other heavy metals is conducted.
Quarterly Third Party testing for microbiological contaminants is conducted.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THESE TEST FAIL?
If any of the above test fail or com back negative. The Water Box is taken out of commission, repaired, and tested until the results are positive.
WHO MAINTAINS THE WATER BOX?
A key focus when designing the Water Box was to make it easy to maintain by the church. Working together with the church Deacons to understand the system and key performance indicators from top to bottom was a must. Together the deacons and The Last Kilometer in Detroit are in charge of maintaining and servicing the Water box before, during and after each use.
WHO IS INVOLVED WITH THE WATER BOX?
WHO IS THE WATER AVAILABLE TO?
The First Trinity Water service times are currently Tuesday-Thursday from 10Am-2PM.
Traditionally, with bottled water hand outs it is “while supplies last” during those times.
Initially, The Water Box will be available on a separate schedule. Check here to see the latest schedule.
WHO PAYS FOR THE WATER?
Flint has one of the highest water rates in the US. 501CTHREE has committed to reimburse the church for every gallon of water that is distributed and for replacement filters, test kits and maintenance. Inside The Water Box is a meter which tracks how much water flows through it. Each month the church will receive a check to compensate for its increased water bill.
HOW SHOULD I KEEP MY WATER JUG CLEAN?
Wash your water jug regularly with soap and water to keep it clean and hygenic.
A new water jug or bottle may come with an unpleasant taste or smell. Luckily, a quick washing with soap and water should leave your jug ready to use. If the smell lingers after using mild soap, trying cleaning it with a small amount of bleach. After cleaning your water bottle for the first time, strive to keep it clean in the future.
WHERE SHOULD I GET A JUG?
There are several places you can get a jug. Hardware stores, Amazon, Walmart etc. If you want to order a jug for yourself or you can also donate a jug to First Trinity Church and they will get it to someone in need in the local community.
* Note: On Amazon look for the First Trinity Church address in your shipping address options when checking out
WILL THERE BE MORE WATER BOXES?
As “water people” we are acutely aware of other regions around the country and globe that have water stresses. Our plan is to see several more boxes produced modeled off the current box at First Trinity.
THERE ARE WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, WHY JUST FLINT?
The Water Box at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church is the first of many more to come. The Water Box is the result of months of collaboration between water engineers and the local citizens in the middle of the crisis. We came to First Trinity in Flint because we found a great partnership to make the first box effectively and efficiently together and also because there is a functioning water team at the church who can