Community Water Resource Site Now Open in Ward 8
August 10, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2016
Release #: 68
FLINT, Mich. – Flint water system customers residing in Ward 8 now have a location close to home to obtain bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and at-home water testing kits, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church opened as the final Community Water Resource Site. Effective immediately, residents in need of water supplies can visit the site during operating hours at 3410 Fenton Road.
“I want to thank the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church congregation for allowing us to use their property during the Flint water emergency," said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “With the opening of the location in Ward 8, all nine wards in the city of Flint are being served by a Community Water Resource Site. Residents can go to any location to obtain bottled water or water filters.”
Every Community Water Resource Site also accepts water supply recycling. Residents can drop off empty water bottles and used cartridges at all nine locations.
To obtain water supplies or recycle water bottles and used cartridges, please visit any one of following nine locations:
- Ross Plaza, 2320 W. Pierson Road (Ward 1)
- St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3020 DuPont St. (Ward 2)
- Universal Systems, 1401 E. Stewart Ave. (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)
- NEW LOCATION: 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.
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.
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.
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 Jan. 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, more than 2.1 million cases of bottled water; nearly 129,000 water filters; more than 284,300 replacement cartridges; and more than 52,400 at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.
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.
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.