Ice Mountain continues to donate water to Flint residents

Over 20 million bottles have been distributed so far during water crisis

STANWOOD — Ice Mountain bottling plant in Stanwood is providing bottled water to residents of Flint as they near completion of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar upgrade to the water infrastructure, according to a recent news release from the organization.

Blue Triton Brands, Inc., through its Ice Mountain brand pledged to extend supplies of bottled water through the remainder of 2022 to Flint’s nonprofit relief centers — Ashbury United Methodist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church and Greater Holy Temple — that continue to support residents impacted by the 2014 water crisis, the news release said. They will continue to maintain weekly donations of bottled water from the Stanwood bottling facility that began in 2018.

The Ice Mountain brand has a long history of emergency and disaster relief support, providing millions with access to safe bottled drinking water during natural disasters, municipal water system disruptions, and public health crises, according to the news release. The team’s work to assist the people of Flint during the Flint water crisis will span nearly seven years at the end of 2022.

In 2015 the Ice Mountain brand team began its relief response to the Flint water crisis delivering truckloads of bottled water initially. Between 2015 and 2018, the company partnered with major retailers and other beverage producers to provide bottled water to Flint schools and students, city parks and summer events, and helped lead a recycling awareness campaign.

In May 2018, the Ice Mountain team, in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan began donating 100,000 bottles of water per week to Flint’s three help centers for distribution to residents.  At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team increased its donations to further serve community residents. 

As of Monday, June 6, they have donated more than $5 million in bottled water to support the Flint community and delivered about 20 million bottles of water since 2018. 

“I would like to thank Ice Mountain for their long-standing partnership and unwavering support for the residents of Flint during these past years,” Flint mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “When the citizens of Flint needed access to safe and potable drinking water, the people of Ice Mountain responded immediately, stepped forward, and stuck with us.”
 
“The city has worked diligently to rebuild our local water infrastructure and gain the public’s confidence in the safety of our local water supply,” Neeley continued. “Ice Mountain has been our bridge to safe drinking water for nearly seven years.”

In addition to the bottled water donations, Blue Triton will contribute $60,000 to the United Way of Genesee County to support continued operations of the three nonprofit help centers, which are also receiving supplies of coupons for free multi-packs of water to be used by families at local retailers, according to the news release.