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Teams Wearing Official IDs during Water Filter Verification


June 24, 2016

Release #: 61    


FLINT, Mich. – With local, state and nonprofit teams visiting Flint water system customers this weekend who have not been confirmed by officials to have received a filter, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) reminds residents that official identification will be worn by individuals canvassing city streets.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, the teams will be going to more than 2,300 households to confirm if a water filter is present and provide assistance if needed. Team members who are visiting Flint homes will be wearing and presenting an official identification with a silver foil security seal.

“If someone visits your home and asks for water-related services, always request to see their identification,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Our teams will be wearing official IDs while canvassing. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the local hotline number.”

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has established a public hotline during the water filter verification operation. Residents can call 810-257-3600 to find out information about team locations and to report suspicious activities or concerns.

Under a consensus of local, state, federal and outside experts, water filters are effective in removing lead from water. All populations may now consume filtered water, including pregnant women and children under 6.

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

  • Ross Plaza, 2320 W. Pierson Road (Ward 1)
  • Universal Systems, 1401 E. Stewart Ave. (Ward 3)
  • West Court Street Church of God, 2920 W. Court St. (Ward 6)
  • Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road (Ward 7)
  • 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.

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.

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.

Since January 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, more than 1.6 million cases of bottled water; more than 124,100 water filters; more than 272,000 replacement cartridges; and more than 50,804 at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.

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