Tech titan Elon Musk’s latest cause: Checking for contaminated water in Flint, Mich.


Flint water samples

Water samples from 2015 show a range of contamination in tap water from Flint, Mich. (FlintWaterStudy.org Photo)

Elon Musk didn’t even wait to get back from his Asia trip to start a new philanthropic campaign, this time to do something about the contaminated water supply in Flint, Mich.

The genesis of Musk’s involvement with the years-old Flint controversy echoes how he came to build a mini-submarine for the soccer-playing boys trapped in a Thai cave. It all started with a seemingly flip suggestion from comedy writer Cullen Crawford — plus an assist from Don A. Bailey, a Flint native who runs a blockchain consulting firm called Lab Mouse Security.

Bailey asked whether Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, could help out with a water-testing campaign that he already had in the works. Musk immediately took up the cause, even though he had just delivered a mini-sub in Thailand and struck a deal to build a multimillion-dollar battery and car factory for Tesla in China. (That factory is likely to take years to get off the ground.)

Here’s how the plans for Flint unfolded on Twitter:

Elon musk, I promise no one will beat you to the punch if you try to help the people of Flint, Michigan

— Cullen Crawford (@HelloCullen) July 10, 2018

Already have

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

Flint still doesn’t have clean water. See you there next week? We’re working on solutions at @TheFerris_Wheel with @100K_Ideas and @GotchuW 👍🏽 https://t.co/YIe0ungOLI

— Don A. Bailey (@DonAndrewBailey) July 10, 2018

When you’re there next week, are you planning to test water sources for lead?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

We can. There are still reports from citizens that their water is unsafe and we would like to identify potential spread. We’re developing a tech based solution to help! Join us and see if we can come to consensus on a solution.

— Don A. Bailey (@DonAndrewBailey) July 10, 2018

Please lmk results of your water tests

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

There is more than lead in the water. People have died from legionnaires disease.

— Tiffany Hayden (@haydentiff) July 10, 2018

There are other issues at play. The city intends to distribute water filtration systems to reduce the effects of the water damage, which isn’t limited to lead. This …read more

Source:: GeekWire

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