NEWS RELEASE: Sixth Community Water Resource Center Now Open

FLINT, Mich. – Flint water system customers now have an additional location to pick up bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and at-home water testing kits, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD).

On Tuesday, July 5, the Franklin Avenue Lot between Maryland and Dakota in the city of Flint’s 4th Ward opened as a Community Water Resource Site. Effective immediately, residents in need of water supplies can visit the site during normal hours at 2804 N. Franklin Ave.

“I would like to thank the Flint Eastside Compassionate Ministry for helping residents and making their property available during the water emergency,” said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “As more local partnerships are secured, we will be opening additional water resource sites.”

To obtain water supplies or recycle water bottles and used cartridges, please visit any one of the following locations:

  • Ross Plaza, 2320 W. Pierson Road (Ward 1)
  • Universal Systems, 1401 E. Stewart Ave. (Ward 3)
  • NEW LOCATION: Franklin Avenue Lot, 2804 N. Franklin Ave. (Ward 4)
  • West Court Street Church of God, 2920 W. Court St. (Ward 6)
  • Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road (Ward 7)
  • Eastown Bowling Alley, 3001 S. Dort Highway (Ward 9)

The hours of operations for these community sites are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Friday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Under a consensus of local, state, federal and outside experts, water filters are effective in removing lead from water. All populations may now consume filtered water, including pregnant women and children under 6.

At-home water testing kits can be dropped off at any Community Water Resource Site or Flint City Hall, located at 1101 Saginaw St. The Flint Water Plant is no longer accepting the water samples.

The state of Michigan’s mission continues to ensure Flint residents have access to safe, clean drinking water. Until the water meets quality standards, bottled water, water filters and replacement cartridges and bottled water will be supplied as needed to Flint water system customers through the water resource sites.

Since January 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, nearly 1.75 million cases of bottled water; more than 125,300 water filters; more than 275,300 replacement cartridges; and more than 51,200 at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.

Additional information is available at, by calling United Way 211 or visiting For information about Medicaid eligibility visit or call the Michigan Health Care Help Line, 1-855-789-5610, TTY 1-866-501-5656.

The State of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with federal agencies, the city of Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations.

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