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Community Water Resource Sites Closed on Labor Day
August 31, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2016
Release #: 72
FLINT, Mich. – Flint water system customers are encouraged to visit a Community Water Resource Site to obtain bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and at-home water testing kits before the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all Community Water Resource Sites will be closed from 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, to noon Tuesday, Sept. 6.
"I encourage Flint residents to obtain their water supplies well before the Labor Day weekend," said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "We will ensure all of the sites have enough supplies so everyone can be prepared before the holiday. Individuals who have access or functional needs should call United Way 2-1-1 to schedule a rapid response delivery.”
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)
- 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.
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, nearly 2.5 million cases of bottled water; more than 133,300 water filters; more than 292,800 replacement cartridges; and more than 53,500 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.
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.