Free bottled water for Flint residents could end soon, but mayor not ready
FLINT (WJRT) (12/6/2017) – A key official in Gov.
Rick Snyder’s administration indicated Wednesday evening that Flint’s bottled water distribution could end in January.
Weaver’s office issued a press release late Wednesday after city and state officials met to discuss progress on Flint’s recovery from the water emergency.
She said during the meeting, Snyder’s adviser Rich Baird told the group free bottled water distribution will end in January if results from water tests taken in November and December are equal to or better than earlier test results.
Weaver’s office is still operating four points of distribution (PODS) sites, handing out up to five cases of bottled water per week to residents who believe they need it.
"While I am glad that water quality in Flint continues to improve, as it relates to lead, I still have concerns about the PODs closing and free bottled water no longer being provided to Flint residents," Weaver said.
"I need to hear from the medical and public health professionals on this issue first.
She encouraged state officials to talk with medical professionals advising the city on the water emergency response before cutting off the supply of free bottled water.
"We must put them first."
Weaver has said she plans to continue bottled water distribution as long as necessary to meet public health needs.