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Elon Musk vows to fund water fixes in Flint, Michigan

Elon Musk speaking in Chicago
Elon Musk speaking in Chicago. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Elon Musk has promised to fund fixes to the water supplies of homes in Flint, Michigan "that has water contamination above FDA levels" amid the city's struggle to work its way out of an economic depression and find clean water sources for its citizens.

The backdrop: Flint's water supply was contaminated with lead in 2014, when officials changed the city's water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in a cost-saving measure. The water from the new source was not treated properly, and ate into lead-containing pipes, causing the contamination.