Water Relief

Altogether, we delivered water to 11 communities, raised over $12,000 in donations, and organized the distribution of over 5,500 gallons of water. We partnered with over 15 different people/organizations to haul water and supplies to communities in need. We received PayPal donations from folks in 24 different states and received donations from over 300 individuals and businesses within 9 West Virginia counties.

 

On January 9, 2014, a Freedom Industries’ storage tank spilled over 10,000 gallons of the coal-cleaning chemical Crude MCHM into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia. The Freedom Industries site was located just upstream of American Water’s public water treatment facility, contaminating the water supply for 300,000 people in nine counties.

On January 10, Aurora Lights staff organized water collection in north-central West Virginia. In less than 12 hours, we acquired more than $1,000 in monetary donations and an additional $1,500 worth of water and supply donations.

water first day collage

In the following days, Aurora Lights organized water relief for the northern part of West Virginia. We worked closely with the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, Coal River Mountain Watch, OVEC, the WV Clean Water Hub, and other local organizations and businesses.

Towards the end of February, potable water was more available in southwestern West Virginia and Aurora Lights stepped back from water distribution. Altogether, we delivered water to 11 communities, raised over $12,000 in donations, and organized the distribution of over 5,500 gallons of water. We partnered with over 15 different people/organizations to haul water and supplies to communities in need. We received PayPal donations from folks in 24 different states and received donations from over 300 individuals and businesses within 9 West Virginia counties.

water other deliveries collage

The efforts of Aurora Lights were made possible by all of the volunteers, donors, and community members that supported us through January and February. We are eternally thankful to everyone that volunteered time and money toward water relief during the Elk River chemical spill. Thank you to those who donated!