BHCWC Water Filter Drive Thru Event Shows Up And Shows Out

Posted on August 28, 2020 by

Residents of Benton Harbor, Michigan have always carried a strong spirit of justice and equitable treatment. They are not to be pushed around and their tenacity caught the attention of Freshwater Future — summer of 2018 a partnership was conceived and the Benton Harbor Community Water Council (BHCWC) was born. Spring of 2018 water samples were drawn throughout the community homes to look deeper into its water quality and elevated levels of lead double the limit allowed in drinking water were discovered.

Since then, BHCWC has rolled up its sleeves and have gone to work with diligence and tenacity. The Chairman of BHCWC Reverend Pinkney with numerous community leaders and activists have joined him to resolve the lead issue to ensure their neighbors have clean and safe water to drink. They’ve established partnerships with the health department, city commissioners, and the youth to work in unison for the health of the people. Recently, BHCWC successfully secured an exclusive supply of water filters from the health department and organized their own drive thru a water filter distribution pilot program with the health department which attracted local residents in staggering numbers.

While enforcing social distancing and distributing filters at a proficient rate, BHCWC and their youth executed leadership and organization that impressed the health department distributing a total of 300 filters and 2,000 masks in 3 hours while keeping everyone safe from spreading COVID-19 with an innovative drive thru event.

Benton Harbor Community Water Council is passing out water filters October 21 from 11am to 3pm at River Terrace Apartments. Come get your filter or replacement! They’ll see you there.


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Images courtesy of Steven Huyser-Honig,
West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.