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Bottled Water Distribution

Bottled water distribution schedule

  • Starting Wednesday, Dec. 13, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency self-serve bottled water pick-up will remain open on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 27.  
  • The last day to submit applications for homebound water distribution is December 8.
  • Homebound water distribution will continue through December 27.


City of Benton Harbor residents can pick up water at Southwest Community Action Agency, 331 Miller Street, on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The water bottle recycling trailer is now located at 693 Columbus Avenue on the north side of Abundant Life Church.

Recycling will continue through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

How should I store bottled water in my home?

Think of bottled water as food. It should be handled for safety just like other foods you eat.  Bottled water should be stored at room temperature or cooler, out of direct sunlight and away from solvents and chemicals such as gasoline, paint thinners, pesticides, and cleaners.  Just like other food packages, if dirt, chemicals, or germs get on the bottles, they can end up on your hands or in your refrigerator and could make you sick.  So, keep the bottles clean.  Proper storage and cleaning of the bottles will help protect the quality and the safety of the water inside them.  If the bottle is cracked, broken, or if you are concerned about the bottled water, do not use it.

The packaging used for bottled water is designed to keep the quality of water high for an extended period when produced under rules set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When handled and stored properly, bottled water can be stored for a long time.  While the FDA does not set a limit for the shelf life of bottled water, general industry recommendations are around two years.


If you have questions, please contact the MDHHS Drinking Water Hotline at 844-934-1315.