Reduced Hours at 2nd Ward Water Resource Site This Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

September 7, 2016

Release #: 73

 

FLINT, Mich. – The Community Water Resource Site at the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church will have reduced hours later this week due to prior facility commitments, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).

The 2nd ward site will stop distributing water supplies at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and reopen at noon on Monday, Sept. 12. Flint water system customers are encouraged to visit any of the other eight locations to obtain bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and at-home water testing kits.

“Sometimes our faith-based partners have important commitments to their parishioners that we must honor," said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” 

The St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church location will resume normal operational hours next week.

To obtain water supplies or recycle water bottles and used cartridges, please visit any one of following locations:

  • Ross Plaza, 2320 W. Pierson Road (Ward 1)
  • CLOSED FROM 4 P.M. FRIDAY to NOON MONDAY: St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3020 DuPont St. (Ward 2)
  • Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 4805 N. Saginaw St. (Ward 3)
  • Franklin Avenue Lot, 2804 N. Franklin Ave. (Ward 4)
  • Old Flint Farmers’ Market, 420 E. Boulevard Drive (Ward 5)
  • West Court Street Church of God, 2920 W. Court St. (Ward 6)
  • Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road (Ward 7)
  • Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, 3410 Fenton Road (Ward 8)
  • Eastown Bowling Alley, 3001 S. Dort Highway (Ward 9)

The hours of operations for these community sites are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Friday: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Every community Water Resource Site also accepts water supply recycling. Residents can drop off empty water bottles and used cartridges at all nine locations.

Since Jan. 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, more than 2.6 million cases of bottled water; more than 135,200 water filters; more than 296,100 replacement cartridges; and more than 54,000 at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.

Under a consensus of local, state, federal and outside experts, water filters are effective in removing lead from water. All populations may consume filtered water, including pregnant women and children under 6. Residents are encouraged to use their water as much as possible to prevent standing water and to reduce the risk of contaminants in the system.

The state of Michigan’s mission continues to ensure Flint residents have access to safe, clean drinking water. Until the water meets quality standards, bottled water, water filters and replacement cartridges will be supplied as needed to Flint water system customers through the water resource sites.

At-home water testing kits can be dropped off at any Community Water Resource Site or Flint City Hall, located at 1101 Saginaw St. The Flint Water Plant is no longer accepting the water samples. Residents who are homebound or have access and functional needs can call United Way 2-1-1 to have water test kits delivered or picked up.

Additional information is available at www.michigan.gov/flintwater, by calling United Way 211 or visiting www.helpforflint.com. For information about Medicaid eligibility visit www.michigan.gov/mibridges or call the Michigan Health Care Help Line, 1-855-789-5610, TTY 1-866-501-5656.

The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with federal agencies, the city of Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations.

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NOTE:   ALL MEDIA INQUIRIES ARE BEING HANDLED BY THE JOINT INFORMATION CENTER AT 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632). FOR FLINT WATER EMERGENCY DONATION INFORMATION, GO TO www.helpforflint.com.