JUST and Jaden Smith Are Making Moves to Fix the Flint Water Crisis
Jaden Smith’s environmental organization JUST, in collaboration with First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, has recently made moves to help fix the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. JUST is planning on deploying a mobile water treatment system called The Water Box, which filters out lead and additional contaminants in water.
Flint’s water crisis has been ongoing since April 2014, and long-term action to solve it has been slow moving. The public initially donated bottled water as a stop-gap solution to the city’s water contaminant issues, but donations are starting to dwindle. That’s part of the reason why Jaden and First Trinity worked together to develop The Water Box, a filtration system that’s similar to what the JUST organization uses on a larger scale to purify its water.
“Working together with people in the community experiencing the problems and designing something to help them has been a journey I will never forget,” says Jaden. “We are planning to deploy more water boxes in Flint and other communities facing similar challenges.”
The Water Box can produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute and will be available at the church for locals to fill up their own water receptacles, instead of just receiving bottles of water. “We are committed to serving the community in which we worship in,” said pastor Ezra Tillman.