While Delta Air Lines takes the steps necessary toward understanding the complexity of their total water footprint globally, they continue to make incremental efforts that help positively impact water quality and restoration in the communities they serve.
Keeping Georgia’s Flint River Flowing
In June 2017 Delta Air Lines and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) announced a partnership with Change the Course aimed at driving awareness around water conservation and restoration.
Supporting Youth-Led Community Water Testing in Michigan
In Summer 2019 Delta Air Lines and the Wayne County Airport Authority (DTW) announced a partnership with Change the Course aimed at driving water awareness and supporting a local water testing lab to ensure safe drinking water for Detroit and Flint residents.
How They Inspire
Change the Course signs are posted throughout Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport inviting and inspiring customers and employees to join in and help to replenish waterways across North America by simply texting the word “Delta” or “ATL” to 474747, or by refilling a reusable water bottle at water filling stations in throughout the terminals.
Change the Course restores 1,000 gallons of water for every text received, and will match gallon-for-gallon on bottle refills. The partnership aims to restore approximately 30 million gallons of water overall.
Change the Course signs are posted throughout Detroit Airport informing passengers that Delta and the Airport have teamed to support Michigan’s freshwater future. The 17 signs throughout the airport invite customers and employees to learn more online.
The Impact They’re Making
Funding from Delta supports projects such as the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District in helping farmers to increase production while using less water from the Flint River, which runs near the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, one of Delta’s major hubs.
Local teens are trained on how to collect proper water samples while assisting residents in testing the safety of their drinking water in their homes – and providing a water safety plan as needed. Flint and Detroit residents have demonstrated trust in this community water testing program. Partnering with the Wayne County Airport Authority (DTW) is part of both company’s sustainability plans helps address water challenges in one of Delta’s major hubs. Learn more about the project here.