PMI, Plumbers Team Up to Help Flint Residents

Manufacturers, unions donate and install hundreds of faucets and supplies
PMI, Plumbers Team Up to Help Flint Residents
A group of 470 volunteer plumbers gather outside the local union hall as Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell thanks volunteers and provides residents with the number to call if they need help installing filters or a filter-compatible faucet. Photos by Sean Proctor, courtesy of PMI.

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Members of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) donated hundreds of faucets and other plumbing supplies that were installed in more than 1,500 Flint, Michigan, homes.

A team of about 470 plumbers from local unions of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA) installed the faucets and supplies last weekend, along with water filters provided by the State of Michigan. The humanitarian effort was coordinated by PMI and the UA Local 370 in Flint. Both organizations saw a generous response to a joint call to action issued to their members, with some volunteers traveling hundreds of miles to help.

“Seeing hundreds of volunteers gathered in one place with all of the donated products under the banners of the PMI members was truly inspiring,” says Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO and executive director. “The can-do attitude demonstrated by all the participants was heartwarming, but it is what we’ve come to expect from these outstanding professionals and companies.”

PMI members contributing to the effort were American Standard Brands, BrassCraft Manufacturing Co., Delta Faucet Co., Fluidmaster Inc., Kohler Co., Moen Inc., Speakman Co. and Viega.

“Our company mission, simply stated, is to make life healthier and safer for people in our back yard and around the world,” says Steven Delarge, president and CEO, LIXIL Water Technology Americas, American Standard, DXV, GROHE. “Helping our fellow citizens in Flint, Michigan, during this devastating crisis is a natural response for us. We are privileged to join other leading faucet and fitting manufacturers by supplying kitchen faucets for installation in affected homes by skilled union plumbers. Safe drinking water is a basic human right. This fundamental right must be restored to the residents of Flint and we are proud to be part of making that happen.”

Plumbing Manufacturers International is the voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers of plumbing products, serving as the Voice of the Plumbing Industry. Member companies produce 90 percent of the nation’s plumbing products. As part of its mission, PMI advocates for plumbing product performance and innovation contributing to water savings, sustainability, public health and safety and consumer satisfaction.

Check out the video from ABC12 in Flint:


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