In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the North Riverside Fire Department has donated 75 cases of bottled water, amounting to 2,652 bottles, as part of a drive conducted by the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
According to the village of Buffalo Grove’s website, anyone wishing to donate can drop off full cases of bottled water at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. in Buffalo Grove. Donations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.
On Jan. 30, the water will be delivered to the Flint police and fire departments for distribution to residents there. Flint’s drinking water has been tainted by extremely high levels of lead following a 2014 switch in their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a move made in the name of cost-cutting but without proper controls to ensure that lead in the pipes didn’t end up in the water.
The crisis is the subject of investigations by both the Michigan Attorney general and the U.S. Department of Justice.