Representatives from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago will deliver 36,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan residents on Saturday.
Flint is currently facing a lead poisoning water crisis. The lead contamination dates back to an April 2014 switch of the city's water source, a decision made under the direction of a state-appointed emergency manager.
The 36,000 water bottles were purchased thanks to a voluntary fund set up by MWRD staff and commissioners and the MWRD Credit Union.
MWRD commissioners and staff plan to hand out the water bottles Saturday at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint.
"MWRD understands the value of water and the importance of clean water in our daily lives," reads a statement on behalf of the MWRD Board of Commissioners. "Watching the situation develop in Flint, Michigan from afar, we were compelled to do something to let the people know they are not alone and that there are people who care and want to help in this time of crisis."