Four years after Flint, Michigan, was hit with a local water crisis, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to help eradicate the problem for good. The CEO spoke out on Twitter and said, “this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above FDA levels. No kidding.”
The Detroit News reported on Wednesday that around 90 sites in Flint still test below the federal 15 parts per billion action level. Flint has replaced 37 percent of its lead water pipes and expects the full amount will be replaced this year.
Musk’s response elicited a number of replies, including the mayor of Flint itself.
“Mr. Musk, I am the Mayor of Flint. I would like to have a conversation with you about Flint’s specific needs,” Mayor Karen Weaver replied.
Some questioned if residents are still affected by the water crisis four years later, to which Musk said most residents do have clean drinking water, but some homes remain outliers. He said he’d like to organize a weekend in Flint to install water filters in homes still affected. The Tesla CEO added many “lost faith in government test results.”
Several Flint residents have sued Governor Rick Snyder in the wake of the water crisis and allege government officials knew water from the Flint River would not be treatable when switching the city’s water source. GM took its Flint engine plant off of city water in 2014 after noticing corrosion in engine parts at the facility.
GM is expected to return to the city’s water service in the near future.