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New Flint water distribution program begins

The state's new water plan for Flint is  adding so-called "mini pod" distribution sites to six Flint churches and three senior centers. (Photo Credit:  Joel Feick) 

FLINT, Mich. --The state didn't have to, but Governor Rick Snyder says it agreed to continue to provide free bottled water to Flint residents.

Flint grandmother, Regina Powell, "I think it's very good because at first, they were talking about cutting them out altogether, and I thought that would be harmful."

It's adding so-called "mini pod" distribution sites to six Flint churches and three senior centers.

The new plan has the city contracting with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to store and distribute bottled water.

Food Bank President William Kerr says "at the Food Bank we are not expending one donor dollar to distribute water that was contributed to our organization to feed hungry people. We are very adamant that our mission is to feed hungry people, but our mission also allows us to step forward when our community needs it."

But Kerr says there may be a slight reduction in service because there's reducing the number of main pods from nine to four.


Ray Reeves is a father of a 15-month-old baby. He says "it is a hassle. I don't like to have to do it. they closed the one at the church just off Lapeer. that was really easy because it was right around the corner to my house.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is also hitting the airwaves to explain the program.

Her spokeswoman also says there are citywide mailing and radio ads, all paid for by the state.

So the state is spending your tax dollars to keep the program running.

Kerr says it will run indefinitely, but a news release from the mayor says the workers will be paid until next March.

Flint woman Cynthia Hayden says, "Well I am concerned. That's why I pick it up. But at least they're replacing the pipes. So hopefully in the near future we won't have to keep doing this."

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