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Firefighters collect water for residents of Flint, MI

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In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the North Riverside Fire Department has donated 75 cases of bottled water, amounting to 2,652 bottles, as part of a drive conducted by the Buffalo Grove Police Department.

On Jan. 30, the water was to be delivered to the Flint police and fire departments for distribution to residents there. Flint’s drinking water has been tainted by extremely high levels of lead following a 2014 switch in their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a move made in the name of cost-cutting but without proper controls to ensure that lead in the pipes didn’t end up in the water.

The crisis is the subject of investigations by both the Michigan Attorney general and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Police officers and firefighters collect water for residents of Flint, MI

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Residents from the suburbs are coming together to help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Cases upon cases of bottled water are stacking up at seven fire departments serving as regional drop-off points for the effort spurred by the Buffalo Grove Police Department. The drive for safe drinking water aims to assist Flint police and firefighters who are busy helping residents in their community.

Fire departments are receiving the water in Arlington Heights, Grayslake, Round Lake, Schiller Park, Lake Zurich, North Riverside, and Utica. Bottled-water donations also will be accepted around the clock through 6 p.m. Friday, at Buffalo Grove police headquarters, 46 Raupp Blvd. The Arlington Heights Fire Department collected 100 cases of water and dropped them off to Buffalo Grove, firefighter Andrew Larson said.

Buffalo Grove Deputy Police Chief Roy Bethge expects at least 2,000 cases of bottled water to arrive at the department for shipment to Flint. The original plan was for off-duty police to use a truck to bring the water to Michigan, but the response has been so great that officials now hope someone will volunteer a semitrailer truck for the delivery.

Grayslake Fire Chief John Christian said it’s been almost a nonstop stream of visitors bringing cases of bottled water to the department’s downtown headquarters since the effort began Monday.

Flint has been contending with the crisis since elevated levels of lead were discovered in its water supply last year. Donations of safe drinking water are going to the city from across the country.

In another effort, the Lake County Housing Authority is collecting bottled water and money to purchase it for residents of the Flint Housing Commission. The housing authority will accept cases of bottled water and checks through Thursday, Feb. 4. The authority is at 33928 N. Route 45, just outside Grayslake. Donations will be taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Drop-offs of water and checks will be accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 3, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

Checks should be made out to Lake County Housing Authority with the notation “Flint Water” in the memo line, Northern said.

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