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(10/13/15) - Flint's water emergency doesn't end at the city limits.

As we uncovered earlier this year in an ABC12 Investigation, there's a list of more than 120 homes and businesses that are located outside Flint but still receive city water.

So what options do they have when it comes to getting those free water filters without a Flint address?

We went searching for answers.

ABC12 learned volunteers will soon be going door-to-door to make sure those franchise water customers in Burton as well as Flint, Genesee and Mt. Morris townships, have a water filter in their home.

Most of the people who live on Cheyenne Avenue off of Hemphill in Burton are well aware of Flint's water emergency.

"We get a Burton city water bill, but the water's coming from Flint," said Zach Jelinski, of Burton, who has Flint water flowing through his home.

Until now, Jelinski has been getting by like many others.

"The bottled water is outrageous. I mean, me and my mom spend $60 a month on bottled water alone," Jelinski said.

Next, he plans to get a free water filter from the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department, but wasn't sure if he'd qualify.

"Since we had the Burton address, if it was OK for us to actually get a filter," Jelinski said.

Bottom-line, Jelinski is eligible.

GCCARD has the list of the franchise water customers at all four filter pick-up locations, but the agency is going even further.

"We have those names now identified and we are going to do an outreach program to actually take them to the neighbors to make sure that these individuals for sure receive a filter," said Matt Purcell, the finance director at GCCARD.

Already, volunteers are making sure homebound seniors and the disabled are getting home visits to hand out and install water filters. You can ask for that service by calling the Valley Area Agency on Aging at 810-239-7671.

The franchise water customers will get the same service.

"There's just some uncertainty and we want to make sure that anybody who is receiving city of Flint water has access to a filter," Purcell said.

The franchise water customers on that list should start seeing volunteers Wednesday.

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