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Teams going to 2,300 homes in Flint this weekend to make sure filters are available

Tens of thousands of water filters have been distributed in Flint.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Tens of thousands of water filters have been distributed in Flint.

Volunteers will be going to thousands of homes in Flint this weekend, making sure everyone's got a water filter.

Some 25,000 Flint homes are already using filters, according to the state's count.

But local and state teams are going door-to-door this weekend, to check on some 2,300 homes they still aren't sure about.

Michigan State Police Captain Chris Kelenske is with the state's emergency management team.

“It's just to go after those homes or residences or parcels that we haven't been able to confirm have a filter,” Kelenske says. "But I want to make sure everyone understands, it's not that they don't have a filter. It's just these are ones we have to go back and confirm."

Kelenske says his teams will be wearing and presenting identification that’s silver and looks kind of like a hologram – and the state advises every resident to ask for ID from anybody who offers them water assistance.

The EPA now says it's safe for everyone – including pregnant and nursing mothers – to drink filtered water in Flint.

Free water filters are available at distribution sites around the city.

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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