FLINT (WJRT) (9/13/2017) - Flint city leadership is taking over management of bottled water and filter distribution from the state of Michigan under a new plan announced Wednesday.
Community groups are partnering with the city to manage the four remaining water distribution sites -- or PODS -- at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, the Franklin Avenue Lot, West Court Street Church of God and Eastown Bowling Alley. They also will collaborate on home delivery to more than 2,100 residents with special needs, according to a press release from Mayor Karen Weaver.
New mini water distribution sites are being set up at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, El Shaddai Ministries, Joy Tabernacle, Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist, Salem Lutheran Church and Vernon Chapel. Several locations serving the senior population will also receive bottled water, including Slidell Senior Apartments, Rosehaven Manor and Court Street Village, the press release says.
The community groups involved in the effort include Asbury United Methodist Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, Greater Holy Temple, Now Ministries, Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist, Salem Lutheran Church, Second Chance Church, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Veterans of Now. All have been assisting city and state officials with water distribution for several months.
Residents receiving home delivery will be given up to 16 cases of water per month. The limit for water distribution at PODS sites has yet to be determined.
The partnership with the city and the food bank will go into effect officially on September 18.