Kentucky Baptists Respond to Flint Water Crisis
Kentucky Baptists who have experience in providing clean drinking water in under-developed countries are headed to Michigan.
Five teams will leave Monday for Flint to install water purification systems for families dealing with lead contamination.
Coy Webb, head of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief, said the teams want the residents of Flint to know people are paying attention to what happened there.
"I think anytime there's long-term problems they just feel like people aren't taking notice of their needs, which many times is not true, but they still feel that way," Webb told WKU Public Radio. "We hope our teams going door to door can not only give them safe drinking water, but also let them know there are people who care about them."
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Teams will be leaving from several Kentucky cities, including Beaver Dam. In the past year, the Baptists have been deployed to Zambia and Mozambique to provide safe drinking water, but Webb said this will be the first time to his knowledge, that relief teams have been dispatched in the U.S. on a water purification mission.