Treatment system has been designed to address the safety & cleanliness
Clean drinking water is something that everyone should be able to access. For many small Delta cities, this is not the reality. With aging pumps and lines, water boils can happen more and more often, and clean drinking water becomes harder to access. The health issues that occur because of unclean drinking water are numerous.
The City of Mound Bayou, Mayor Leighton Aldridge, and C2k Ministries Inc. are changing that for the town.
Within the last month, C2k Ministries Inc. was contacted by The Water Box, a registered 501(c)(3) organization that believes everyone should have access to clean drinking water. The Water Box was founded by Jaden Smith through the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
“After discussing The Water Box program with Aldridge, we knew this would benefit Mound Bayou and the surrounding areas,” said C2k Ministries, Inc. President Phil Shank.
The Water Box is a four-stage treatment system that has been designed to address the water safety of communities where the municipal water infrastructure has degraded or been contaminated. Because it is intended to be used by volunteers in the community, the Water Box is simple to operate and maintain. Built from readily available off-the-shelf components, the 3-stage filtration and UV treatment remove the most common mineral and biological contaminants in municipal water, such as lead, arsenic, copper, e-coli, legionella, and many others.
“Infrastructure deterioration is prevalent in rural communities such as Mound Bayou. Water system improvement has a priority focus, and options like Water Box provide much-needed relief as we work to replace and repair the old system in Mound Bayou,” said Aldridge. “Water Box can provide access to clean drinking water as we diligently endeavor to provide citizens of Mound Bayou vital drinking water accommodation.”
The Water Box program covers all costs, so therefore the City of Mound Bayou will share no financial responsibility.
Jackson has had water issues for years, and it wasn’t until recently that this came to a head. The Water Box has been active in the Jackson area, installing water boxes and providing clean water where needed.
“We are excited to provide clean, safe drinking water to everyone that needs it,” said Shank. “Water is not a luxury. It is necessary to sustain life. Without clean water, health issues and health costs rise. This is one way we can easily prevent that.”
The Water Box is located at City Hall in Mound Bayou, MS and will be open at select times to maximize delivery. For times and more information, please visit cityofmoundbayou.com or c2kministries.org. For more information about The Water Box visit 501cthree.org.