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    Published: February 12, 2016

    Pelican Donates 25 Drinking Filters to Flint, Michigan, Children’s Center

    In response to the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pelican Water has donated 25 Pelican Drinking Systems to the Whaley Children’s Center. Located in Flint, the Michigan nonprofit offers a safe haven for the state’s abused, neglected, and at-risk children.

    As you can expect, the news on Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with high levels of lead was of great concern to the center. Lead is toxic at any age, but is especially harmful to developing children, who can suffer a wide range of neurological and physiological conditions as a result of exposure to the toxin, including learning and behavioral disorders.

    We wanted to help. Recent changes to Flint’s water system have supposedly solved the lead problem, and the center was told their water was now safe to drink. Whaley’s directors wanted to be absolutely sure, however—a common reaction in a city where the population knows authorities refused to admit to the water crisis for over a year. We donated 25 Pelican Drinking Systems to Whaley’s to ensure the children under their care and treatment have access to what should be every child’s right—cleaner, safer, and healthier water.

    Flint won’t be given the final all-clear on its water supply for several more months, as lead levels must be proven to be safe by two consecutive tests six months apart. Our drinking system filters are good for six months or 450 gallons, so to be sure the systems provide protection until testing is complete, we included a year’s worth of filter replacements in our donation.

    We’re happy to have the opportunity to help some of Flint’s most vulnerable children. At Pelican, we don’t just claim to care about water quality—we do something about it.