In the midst of all the controversy surrounding Elon Musk in the past few months, it seems like he has not forgotten a promise he made back in July when he stated on Twitter he was going to find a way to “fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels.”
No one expected anything to really come out of it, since Elon Musk had made wild claims over Twitter before, including the idea to take Tesla private for $420 a share, which got him in trouble with the SEC in the first place.
Fortunately, this is one good thing Musk did come through with: the Flint School District thanked Elon Musk over Twitter for the $480,350 donation.
The money will be used to install ultraviolet filters across the Flint school as well as all of its administration buildings, a project that is expected to be finished in January 2019.
“We are deeply grateful for the generosity and the budding partnership between Flint Community Schools, the Musk Foundation and Elon Musk. The new water filtration systems will be instrumental in helping our students return to the normalcy of what should be a fundamental right: having access to safe, clean water from water fountains in their school.”
A stunt to put some good rep back on Elon Musk’s name? Might be. But at this point it doesn’t really matter, as long as people in need are actually getting some help – the Flint water crisis started back in 2014 and up to this day, even if the quality of water has reached somewhat acceptable levels, the residents are still instructed to use bottled or filtered water for drinking, cooking and even bathing, until all the lead pipes will be replaced.