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Community Water Resource Site Moving on Thursday
August 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2016
Release #: 70
FLINT, Mich. – The Community Water Resource Site in the city of Flint’s 3rd ward will move to a new location later this week to enhance vehicle access for water supply customers seeking 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).
Effective at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 4805 N. Saginaw St., will open as the official Community Water Resource Site for Ward 3. The site is being moved due to ongoing road construction outside of the current site at Universal Systems, located 1401 E. Stewart Ave.
“The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church—which owns the Universal Systems site—has been a great partner during the Flint water emergency," said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “I want to thank them for allowing us to use their property to distribute the water supplies that Flint residents depend on every day. If you need water resources on Thursday, please visit Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church or any other open location in the city of Flint.”
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, water supplies will no longer be distributed from the Universal Systems location. 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)
- NEW LOCATION OPENS AT NOON ON AUG. 18: 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.
Since Jan. 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, more than 2.3 million cases of bottled water; more than 130,900 water filters; more than 288,300 replacement cartridges; and more than 52,800 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.
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.
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.