NEWS RELEASE: Water Resource Sites Closed on Thanksgiving Day

FLINT, Mich. – Flint water system customers are reminded that all Community Water Resource Sites will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24, according to the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD). The site closures also allow employees to spend the holiday with their families.

Individuals who are in need of bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and at-home water testing kits should visit a water resource site before Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day). Water supplies will not be available at any of the nine locations from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to noon on Friday, Nov. 25.

“Please do not wait to obtain your water supplies,” said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “We will have plenty of bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and at-home testing kits for anyone who needs them to last through the holiday.”

Residents who are homebound or have access or functional needs should call United Way 2-1-1 to schedule a rapid response delivery.

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

  • Ross Plaza, 2320 W. Pierson Road (Ward 1)
  • St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3020 DuPont St. (Ward 2)
  • Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 4805 N. Saginaw St. (Ward 3)
  • Franklin Avenue Lot, 2804 N. Franklin Ave. (Ward 4)
  • Old Flint Farmers’ Market, 420 E. Boulevard Drive (Ward 5)
  • West Court Street Church of God, 2920 W. Court St. (Ward 6)
  • Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3502 Lapeer Rd (Ward 7)
  • Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, 3410 Fenton Road (Ward 8)
  • Eastown Bowling Alley, 3001 S. Dort Highway (Ward 9)

The hours of operations for these community sites are:

  • Monday through Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Every Community Water Resource Site also accepts water supply recycling. Residents can drop off empty water bottles and used cartridges at all nine locations.

Since Jan. 9, through Water Response Teams and Water Resource Sites, more than 3,442,629 million cases of bottled water; more than 143,379 thousand water filters; more than 311,525 thousand replacement cartridges; and more than 56,278 thousand at-home water testing kits have been distributed to Flint water system customers.

Under a consensus of local, state, federal and outside experts, water filters are effective in removing lead from water. All populations may consume filtered water. Residents are encouraged to use their water as much as possible to prevent standing water and to reduce the risk of contaminants in the system.

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 will be supplied as needed to Flint water system customers through the water resource sites.

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. Residents who are homebound or have access and functional needs can call United Way 2-1-1 to have water test kits delivered or picked up.

Additional information is available at, by calling United Way 211 or 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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