Now Elon Musk says he can fix Flint's water crisis

Jul 11, 2018 at 7:27 pm
click to enlarge Elon Musk and the musician Grimes. - Sky Cinema /
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Elon Musk and the musician Grimes.

After trying — and not succeeding — to help rescue a soccer team trapped in a Thai cave, Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk says he will now set his philanthropic sights closer to home by fixing Flint's ongoing water crisis.

During the recent rescue mission of 12 Thai soccer players and their coach that gripped the world's attention, Musk commissioned the construction of a miniature submarine that he hoped could help ferry the children out of the flooded cave. But it turned out to be of no use — by the time Musk arrived with his little submarine, the rescue mission had already been completed thanks to Thai Navy SEALs.

Musk began to get needled by users on Twitter, who pointed out that there were other ways the Tesla automaker CEO could help — such as lending a hand in the aftermath of the Flint water crisis.

Perhaps feeling defeated by the Thai cave incident, on Wednesday evening Musk responded to one such tweet, agreeing to fix the water in any Flint house with water contamination above FDA levels.

To start, Musk said he would create an email, [email protected], where Flint residents could send their water level results and get a water filter.

However, Musk could once again be too late to be of much use. This summer, 95.1 percent of households tested were reported at or below the federal action level of 15 ppb.

Musk later admitted that by now, most houses in Flint have water deemed to be safe, but acknowledged that many residents rightfully don't trust the local government — which lied and downplayed the extent of the water crisis since it first came to light in 2014.

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