Volunteers step in as Flint water stations close

Flint Water Crisis

ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The state-backed program to distributed bottled water in Flint is wrapping up.

The state says water from the city’s pipes is good to drink and has tested below safety limits for lead and copper for about two years, but that’s not enough for some in Flint. They don’t trust the system that leached lead because corrosive water from the Flint River wasn’t properly treated.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do and this was the only thing that could at least help, with the bottled water,” Flint resident Marla Garland said.

Flint is working to replace the lead pipes, but doesn’t expect to finish the overhaul until the end of 2019.

“They’re still replacing the pipes. They still haven’t fixed the water problem at our public schools,” Flint resident added Gary Bernard said.

Gary Howell of Zeeland, along with the help of militia groups around the state, are saying they’ll step in to give out bottled water.

“When (Flint residents) are telling us that your water is no good, we’re going to keep coming back and we’re going to be there for you,” Howell said.

He has gathered 50 cases of donated water and is hoping for more.

“Even if the water was 100 percent safe, we need to step out there, we need to show Flint that they’re not alone,” Howell said.

Howell said this is his second year of bringing water to Flint. He said he feels it’s more important than ever now that the bottled water program has ended. If you’d like to help, you can visit the Facebook event page for the bottled water drive.

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