2 Flint water sites close Friday

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/11/17) - Two of the sites that provide clean drinking water to the people of Flint, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church and St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, were closed Friday.

This is the beginning of the state's push to have people move from bottled to filtered water.

Speaking with people in the neighborhood, they continue to be worried about their future.

"You know, I go down like one block to get my water now. Now, I'll have to go farther. It's already bad to have bad water," said 75-year-old Vivian Worlds.

She says she'll have to make the trip, though.

"I'm afraid to use the filtered water because I was taking a bath in it and I broke out all down my arms, legs," she said. "So, I turned to the bottled water for everything."

Seven of the PODs will remain open for now, but come Sept. 5, three more will close - the sites located in the 5th, 7th and 8th wards.

The next closest water resource site to Worlds is now about two miles away.

"I'll have to do what I have to do," she said.

"We will live with it until we learn a reason to believe otherwise," said Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church's Pastor Henry Fuller.

He is a bit skeptical about the closures.

"I'm caught in between as to whether it is premature, that we're so in a rush to get out of it," he said.

Because Fuller believes his community is still in need of bottled water, he says his church will continue with their own distribution that they started before the state took over.

"We will continue to do that until we can clarify the impact that's going to be there with the new moves, as to whether or not people follow to the PODs that are open or whether they keep looking for alternatives," he said.

The state says even though the lead in the water in homes is now testing at seven parts per billion, well below the federal action level, they plan to keep four of the sites open indefinitely, one on each side of the city.

That will mean for people who use the two closing Friday, the closest site is about two miles away.

State Police say the decision on which sites to keep was based on the average number of visits per day and the sites' ability to handle the volumes of people.

As for the CORE workers at the sites being closed, we’re told many of the workers have already received other employment through Michigan Works.

The station closures are expected to save Michigan money.

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