Amway™ has set up a special donation program to benefit the residents of Flint, Michigan. Each donation of $5 will provide two cases of water. Amway™ will then match bottled water donations. We are partnering with Meijer®, a Michigan-based retailer, and the American Red Cross to deliver the water and distribute it throughout the city of Flint.
Amway™ Bottled Water Donation Plan
1. What actions is Amway™ taking to assist residents of Flint?
Amway™ is launching a bottled water drive. In partnership with Meijer® and the Red Cross, we will be raising money to provide bottled water to the residents of Flint. Over the next few months and in coordination with the key partners on the ground supporting the people of Flint, we aim to help meet the immediate need for safe drinking water by bringing at least five truckloads of bottled water to the Flint community for distribution to its residents.
2. How do IBOs make a bottled water donation?
Donations in $5 increments can be made through the donation SKU#10-1900.
3. How do Amway™ employees make a bottled water donation?
Amway™ employees can make a donation at the employee store or through the donation SKU #10-1900.
4. How do Amway™ Grand Plaza Hotel and JW Marriott employees make a bottled water donation?
Amway™ Grand Plaza Hotel and JW Marriott employees can make a donation at the employee store or through the donation SKU #10-1900.
5. Are the bottled water donations tax deductible?
Donations for bottled water will be used directly to purchase bottled water at cost from Meijer® and therefore are not tax deductible.
6. Will Amway™ make matching bottled water donations?
Amway™ will match all bottled water donations up to a total of $100,000. The contribution made by Amway™ will go directly to the Red Cross to assist in distributing the bottled water throughout the Flint community.
7. What does the $5 bottled water donation deliver to Flint?
Each $5 donation will help provide two cases of bottled water delivered to the residents of Flint.
8. How does the bottled water get to Flint?
Meijer® has already coordinated the donation of several truckloads of water through the State of Michigan’s Emergency Management Operations Center, and is working with several corporate, civic, religious and labor groups to facilitate the delivery of additional trucks filled with water. Amway™ will purchase the bottled water at cost from Meijer and they will ship the water by the truckload on a regular basis.
9. Who determines which residents will receive the bottled water and how much they will receive?
The Red Cross and the National Guard are the organizations distributing bottled water. The Red Cross is going house to house across all of Flint and the National Guard is providing bottled water at five different locations throughout Flint.
10. Why is Amway™ donating Meijer® bottled water instead of Perfect Water?
Amway™ is working directly to provide bottled water through Meijer® because Meijer® has steady and regular supplies feeding into the emergency response system in Flint, which will allow us to support efficiently and effectively.
11. How long will the bottled water donation program be in place?
We will continue to provide support for these programs as interest and demand necessitates. Amway™ Role in Helping IBOs and Customers in Flint
12. What action is Amway™ taking to assist IBOs living in Flint?
Amway™ will help provide complimentary home testing to all IBOs living in Flint. If a water test indicates that safe drinking water quality can be achieved and maintained, a complimentary eSpring® Water Treatment System will be supplied to those IBOs in Flint who don’t have units (must be an IBO as of January 31, 2016). Units will be installed, maintained, and monitored by Amway™.
13. How many IBOs and their customers live in Flint?
Currently, 51 IBOs live in Flint.
14. What actions should IBOs take to assist their customers living in Flint?
Amway™ recommends that IBOs and their customers living in Flint follow the State of Michigan tips here
. Issue Specifics
15. Why is Amway™ getting involved at this time?
At Amway™, we strive to help people live better lives every day, which at times includes responding to emergencies. On January 18, the federal government declared the situation in Flint to be an emergency, which triggers our process of emergency response. Michigan has been the home of Amway™ Corporation since 1959 and we especially want to help citizens of our home state who are dealing with the water crisis in Flint.
16. This is a local issue. Why is Amway™ getting involved?
At Amway™, we strive to help people live better lives every day, which at times includes responding to emergencies. We recognize the water crisis in Flint is a local issue however Michigan has been the home of Amway™ Corporation since 1959 and we especially want to help citizens of our home state who are dealing with the water crisis in Flint.
17. This is a long-term issue. What impact will these actions have in resolving the situation?
The people of Amway™ and the corporation desire to help the residents of Flint with bottled water to address the immediate need for safe drinking water in the community. As the long-term needs are being addressed by local, state, and federal agencies, our intent is to help address the immediate need of safe drinking water. Safe/Potable Water
18. What agency defines safe water?
Safe water is defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, which stipulates that appropriate levels of safe water be determined by individual states. The State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has primary enforcement authority in Michigan for the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
19. What is the definition of safe water?
Safe drinking water differs from one location to another and is based on the maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for inorganic and organic chemicals, microbiological contaminants, and turbidity, which are part of the national primary drinking water regulations, and which have been promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The U.S. EPA’s MCL for lead is 15 parts per billion.
20. What is the difference between potable water and non-potable water?
Potable water is another way to say safe drinking water. Safe drinking water differs from one location to another and is based on the maximum contaminant levels for inorganic and organic chemicals, microbiological contaminants, and turbidity, which are part of the national primary drinking water regulations, and which have been promulgated by the United States environmental protection agency. The U.S. EPA’s MCL for lead is 15 parts per billion. eSpring® Role in Flint
21. What are claims eSpring® makes relative to water treatment levels?
eSpring® will reduce lead from potable water. In terms of lead concentration, potable water, as defined by the U.S. EPA, is 15 ppb or less. Amway™ performed testing at a lead concentration of 150 ppb in order to substantiate this claim.
22. If an eSpring® unit is being used in Flint, what additional steps should be taken by the owner to ensure water safety?
Regularly test your water quality with a home water testing kit to ensure there is no more than 15 ppb of lead in your water. Ensure that you are only drinking water through the tap that is filtered. If the level of lead is above the safe drinking water level of 15 ppb, change your filter and test again.
23. I live in Flint and have an eSpring® Water Treatment System; is it safe to drink water filtered by it?
With the lead levels elevated in Flint, the levels of contamination have varied extensively from household to household. eSpring® units can help filter water to safe drinking water levels as long as the water in an unfiltered house contains 150 parts per billion or less of lead.
Additionally, regular water testing in Flint households should continue after filtration to ensure lead levels remain at 15 ppb or less.
eSpring® single cartridges can filter up to 5,000 liters (more than 1,300 gallons) or last approximately one year, whichever comes first. The filter may need to be changed more frequently with current water conditions in Flint. Working with Government Officials
24. How is Amway™ working with federal and local governmental agencies to assist Flint residents?
Amway™ is monitoring the situation on a regular basis. Additionally Amway™ is in contact with state agencies regarding the response efforts to determine if there are additional needs that Amway™ would be in a right position to provide.
25. Should Amway™ IBOs also reach out to their governmental representatives concerning the Flint water situation?
If IBOs are in need of support from their local government, they should reach out for assistance. Amway™ is in contact with the state and local agencies so that they understand what capabilities we have with our expertise and product to filter water. It is not necessary or recommended that individuals contact government representatives regarding the use of Amway™™ products to address the current water crisis in Flint. Ultimately, the long-term solution to this water situation needs to be managed by local, state, and federal authorities and agencies.