FLINT (WJRT) (11/13/2017) - Study after study shows the water coming out of the tap in a vast majority of Flint residences is once again safe to drink.
But the city is still passing out more than 65,000 cases of bottled water to residents who don't trust the water coming out of their faucets, even with a filter in place.
Churches, the United Way of Genesee County and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are helping the city of Flint maintain four PODS distribution sites for residents to pick up bottled water and to distribute water to people who can't pick it up.
The state of Michigan is paying for the water.
“The people of Flint have been through a lot due to the water crisis,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “Residents have made it clear, they don’t trust the water yet and we as leaders must hear them and be sensitive to their concerns."
State officials turned over management of the bottled water distribution efforts to Flint City Hall about two months ago. While it has been scaled back to four fixed distribution sites, Weaver said she is working to keep the water distribution efforts going as long as possible.
"While we aren’t working with the same amount of resources, we are making the most of what we have and doing everything we can for the health and well-being of residents,” she said.
Besides bottled water, household water filters and replacement cartridges continue to be made available to Flint residents through the Community Outreach Education (CORE) program.
Another major focus of the water emergency recovery is ensuring faucets and drinking fountains in Flint schools continue dispensing safe water. Public health officials advising city leaders on the water emergency are developing long-term plans for schools to conduct ongoing water testing.
In the meantime, all Flint Community Schools buildings are receiving bottled water and any charter schools in the city that request bottled water will receive it, said Dr. Pamela Pugh, chief public health adviser for Flint.