FLINT, Mich. – Local, state and nonprofit teams will continue canvassing efforts this week to check on Flint water system customers who have not been confirmed by officials to have received a filter, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, teams will visit households to confirm whether a water filter is present and provide assistance as needed. On Saturday, June 25, teams visited more than 1,100 Flint water system customers and cleared more than 500 homes from the unconfirmed list.
“While this weekend’s door-to-door efforts were very productive, there are still some homes that may not have a water filter,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We will continue to narrow down the list and provide assistance with our local and nonprofit partners. Filters are a proven method to obtain safe and clean drinking water.”
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.
Team members who are visiting Flint homes will be wearing and presenting an official identification with a silver foil security seal.
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 1.66 million cases of bottled water; more than 124,500 water filters; more than 273,100 replacement cartridges; and more than 50,900 at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.
Additional information is available at michigan.gov/flintwater, by calling United Way 211 or visiting helpforflint.com. For information about Medicaid eligibility visit michigan.gov/mibridges or call the Michigan Health Care Help Line, 1-855-789-5610, TTY 1-866-501-5656.