Wards 4,5,8 without state-run water sites for nearly a month

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 6:17 PM EDT
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(06/20/16) - People have been guaranteed clean water, but the state has closed all fire station water distribution centers in Flint. Months into the water emergency, some people don't have a reliable way to get bottled water to their homes.

Three out of the city's nine wards don't have state-run water sites like the one at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, and when ABC12 asks when community water sites will open up, the state keeps telling us it's in the works.

We talked to someone with the Joint Information Center on Monday who says there are several verbal agreements in the works, but no contracts have been signed. When ABC12 looked into this in late May, they told us the same thing.

It's been nearly a month that wards 4,5 and 8 haven't had state-run water sites. That means private sites, like churches and whoever else wants to help out, have to fill in the gaps.

State-run sites have set hours, are open six days a week and are staffed by paid workers, while places like churches rely on volunteers.

The reverend at Asbury United Methodist Church on Flint's east side says they're happy to do what they can.

"I’m just glad that we can be a part of this and I suspect there's probably not a church in the neighborhood that doesn't have a supply of water that they're willing and happy to provide,” said Reverend Tommy McDoniel.

If you're homebound or don't have transportation, the state's still encouraging people to call 211 for help.

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