Actress Jessica Biel, a frequent visitor to Las Vegas, is apparently moving up in the world. The 27-year-old star has signed on to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in January to raise awareness for the need for clean water worldwide.
She will be joined by singer Lupe Fiasco and actress Isabel Lucas, who will be going on the “Summit on the Summit” expedition, which is the brainchild of Biel’s friend, singer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases in Ethiopia as a child.
“This is a basic human necessity that needs to be addressed now,” Biel said in a statement about her decision to climb the more than 19,000 feet to the mountain’s peak.
According to the Associated Press, more celebrity climbers will be announced in the next few months.
The climb will also raise funds for the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and PlayPumps International.
Drinking filtered water may not be such a bad idea afterall for Las Vegas residents- or others, as well.
Last week the Las Vegas Valley Water District pulled a water sample from the Las Vegas community water supply for testing– and it tested positive for the E. coli bacteria.
But officials say the Las Vegas water supply was never compromised and there was no risk to the public- a mere passing reference to it was mentioned only once in the water district’s annual water quality report, with no real explanation provided. The water district sent almost 500,000 copies of the report.
With about 90 percent of the Las Vegas water supply coming from Lake Mead, Nevada officials and regulators insist there is no need to start boiling your tap water just yet, but they also can’t explain exactly why the water sample taken in August tested positive for the sometimes deadly E. coli bacteria because it could find no other trace of it in any follow-up tests.
According to Nevada state records, the incident was the first time E. coli has shown up in a district sample in at least five years.
The water district draws more than 380 water samples each month from almost a thousand different locations throughout its Las Vegas water distribution system.