Jaden Smith and his nonprofit donated a fourth water filtration system known as the Water Box, which the group says filters out heavy metals and bacteria from multiple gallons of water per minute, to Flint, Mich., this week, MLive reported.
The effort by Smith and his nonprofit group, also known as 501CThree, builds upon the work Smith began in the city last year when he brought Flint its first Water Box.
According to his organization’s website, the Water Box is a mobile system that filters out lead and other heavy metals as well as “harmful bacteria.” The nonprofit says on its page that the system “delivers clean drinking water at the rate of 10 gallons per minute.”
The group adds that the water filtered through the system undergoes testing “for microbiological content by Michigan accredited third-party laboratories to ensure the water is clean and safe.”
Smith and Drew Fitzgerald, his partner in the nonprofit effort, unveiled the system at the Latinx Center in Flint on Monday, according to MLive. The donation reportedly comes as the center has been seeing a decline in water donations.
Asa Zuccaro, the executive director of the Latinx Center, told the newspaper that the donation from Smith and his team also comes as the center has been exploring more sustainable ways to distribute water.
“This is a health crisis but in providing bottled water we are creating an environmental crisis. All this plastic waste, we knew it wasn’t a solution and we knew something had to be done,” Zuccaro said. “Just as we were talking about running out of funds for our water distribution, the team from 501CThree reached out and offered to give us a Water Box.”
During his visit on Monday, Smith said his nonprofit is “very interested in providing another box to Flint moving into 2020.”
“We want to keep donating the Water Boxes until the community says ‘OK, we’ve had enough,’” Smith, 21, continued. “Until we get to that point, we’re going to continue looking for opportunities in Flint or around the world to get another Water Box in this community.”
The actions by Smith and his team follow a water crisis in Flint that began in 2014. At the time, the source of the city’s drinking water was switched to the Flint River. The Flint River had no corrosion control at that time, however.