Just Clean It Jamboree working to erase Flint water stigma, boost community morale

A local group is hoping to reduce the stigma surrounding Flint water while boosting community morale. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

FLINT, Mich. --A local group is hoping to reduce the stigma surrounding Flint water while boosting community morale.

The organization is changing the conversation about water with an event called the Just Clean It Jamboree.

The National Clean Water Collective rallied with Flint residents and community advocates.

It was a chance to speak out about Flint's water and ways to push the community forward.

"I’ve had test come back that tells me my water is safe, but when someone looks you in the eye and lies to you it’s really hard to ever trust them again,” said senator Jim Ananich.

Senator Jim Anniach echoing a sentiment that many residents share, and with a growing lack of trust after the state recently closed bottled water pods, the head of the group, Syrah Scott says they're hoping to inspire change.

"It's very important that we understand water is life and so when you see kids here in Flint scared of water and think danger when they think water it's a bad thing."

The event featured water treatment specialists and advocates discussing long term solutions like in home water treatment systems, along with local celebrities, music and fun activities for the youth.

"Unfortunately, Flint is on the wrong side of history with water, but I think that with education programs and good technology we can change that," said Kevin Sofen.

If you missed the excitement today the jamboree continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flint PAL Center located at 2201 Forest Hill Avenue.

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