Feb. 4, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye fans can help relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., as the Ohio State Department of Athletics hosts a bottled water drive at upcoming home athletic events at the Jerome Schottenstein Center this February.

Beginning with the men’s hockey game against Minnesota Feb. 12, water donations – cases of water bottles, gallon jugs or large containers – will be accepted at the football equipment truck stationed near the Northwest rotunda of the Schottenstein Center. The truck will also be parked outside the Schott prior to the men’s basketball game against Michigan Feb. 16 and the women’s basketball contest against Nebraska Feb. 18.

Drop off times are scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 18. All donated water must be new and sealed.

Drinking water in the city of Flint, located approximately 60 miles northwest of Detroit, first became contaminated with lead in April 2014 while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

The city began temporarily drawing its drinking water from the Flint River and treating it at the city water treatment plant while it waited for a new water pipeline to Lake Huron to be completed. The Department of Environmental Quality failed to require needed chemicals to be added to the corrosive Flint River water and, as a result, lead seeped from pipes and fixtures into the drinking water.

A state of emergency was declared Jan. 5, followed by a federal state of emergency by President Obama Jan. 16.

For more information on the bottled water drive, contact Caleb Clark at 614-247-6536.