Rotary Club of Plainfields Donates Water for Newark Residents

(above) Rotarians Timothy Priano, Valerie Jackson, Roberta Smith, and Michael Townley unload bottled water for the City of Plainfield’s water collection for residents in Newark.

Rotary Club Donates Water for Newark Residents

Submitted by Michael Townley

Members of the Rotary Club of the Plainfields recently pitched in to help residents of the City of Newark get bottled water during the lead crisis.

Many people in Newark are susceptible to lead poisoning due to lead leaching from water service lines. While there is a treatment in place that is system-wide, it takes time to coat the lead water lines and block the lead from leaching into the consumers’ water.

The City of Plainfield initiated a bottled water drive to help Newark residents, and our club pitched in to help. Rotary Club members Timothy Priano, Roberta Smith and Michael Townley trekked up to Costco and purchased 33 cases (1,320 bottles) of water and took them down to the Plainfield City Hall collection site. They were joined by another club member, Valerie Jackson, who had alerted the Club to the collection drive.

Public Works employees helped unload the water and stack it, where it awaits pickup and transport to another site before going to Newark for distribution.

This was another great project to help those in need that exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self!

For more information about the Rotary Club and how they serve the community, please contact the club secretary, Michael Townley, via email at, or visit their website at

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