Elon Musk vows to solve Flint’s water pollution problem



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Elon Musk, the tech billionaire, said in a tweet Wednesday that he will pay to repair every house in Flint, Michigan., that has contaminated water.

Musk, who recently offered his help to free the Thai football team to be stuck in a cave, later confirmed in a tweet that most of the Flint houses with safe water and said that he would organize an effort to add filters to the homes that they need.

“Most of the homes in Flint have safe water, but they have lost faith in govt test results,” he said in a tweet. “Some houses are still outliers. Organize a weekend in Flint to add filters to those homes with problems, and hopefully fix the perception of those who are really good.”

Lead leached from old pipes of the city began using the Flint River in 2014, without the addition of corrosion-control chemicals. Flint returns in 2015 to the Detroit water system.

Thousands of water pipes are replaced, and two years of testing has shown the home to the water level under the federal level of action for lead.

A spokeswoman for Flint mayor told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the city has not been approached by Musk. Candice Mushatt, the city of the public information officer, told Bloomberg that the city is in the process of replacing the pipes and the cost is covered.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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