FLINT (WJRT) - (10/06/15) - Hundreds of people have been standing outside in the drizzle, waiting to pick up their free filter to remove lead from their drinking water.
There has been a steady stream of Flint residents lining up for the water filters. Everyone says they're glad to get theirs, but wish it hadn't come to this.
The line is out the door at the GCARD office on North Saginaw in Flint. If people bring in a copy of their water bill and valid ID, they can get the free filter, which can attach to a kitchen faucet. The filter is good for about three months, then the cartridge has to be changed.
Aside from the two GCARD locations, free filters are also available at the Department of Health and Human Services offices in downtown Flint and on Clio Road.
The Genesee County Health Department does not have filters.
If you are a client of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), you can pick up a water filter between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday at the following locations:
125 E. Union St.
4809 Clio Rd.
All other Flint residents can visit one of the Genesse County Community Action Resource Department offices between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday at the following locations:
601 N. Saginaw
In the Flint area, the 211 system has been activated. Call 211 for information about the free filter program.