Flint residents meeting certain income qualifications may be able to reduce their water bills. Emergency manager Ed Kurtz announced a poverty exemption for water service Wednesday. Residents who currently qualify for the property tax poverty exemption will also qualify for the water poverty exemption. The exemption would waive the â??ready to useâ?? flat rate fee that currently costs residential customers $53.78. To find out if youâ??re eligible, call the Assessment Division at 810-766-7255.