January 21, 2016
For Immediate Release
Flint Water Crisis Toxic to Michigan Hospitality Industry
LANSING, MI – It has been said that water is the essence of life. This holds true not only for individuals, but also for businesses – especially those in the hospitality industry.
“We obviously know that there is a huge water issue in Flint, Michigan, and the issue for residents has been covered extensively,” said Scott Ellis, the Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association. “We are concerned and feel sorry for them, but businesses have not been talked about.”
Without a guarantee that safe water will be served in restaurants, whether served in a glass, as ice or mixed in with carbonated beverages, people are less apt to go out and enjoy dinner or a night of entertainment.
“We’ve had contact from members saying that business is down. Their water is fine, but people are afraid to come into their establishments,” Ellis said. “We need to support these businesses because they are struggling, just as the people of Flint are. They can’t regain the money they’ve lost and they need your help now more than ever.”